Specialist Teaching


Heaton students spend three hours every week in one of our specialist rotations with other students from their house. A rotation is about 8 weeks long. This programme includes the following areas:


Today's technology curriculum encourages students to become familiar with technological language and teaches them the skills needed to be innovative, creative and independent.


In science students explore how both the natural physical world and science itself work so that they can participate as critical, informed and responsible citizens in a society in which science plays a significant role.

Visual Arts

In visual arts students explore how we communicate through visual language, expand their own visual vocabulary through mark-making and design, acquire technical skills and look at art works in terms of their social, cultural, and historical contexts. The inquiry topic acts as a framework for learning in both year groups.

Physical Education

Physical education is taught as a specialist subject at Year 7. It focuses on the development of fundamental skills through simple and complex movements. Extending students' understanding of movement (space and body awareness) and developing relationships (interpersonal skills) are all achieved through cooperative learning activities.

In addition to the above rotation, Heaton students also receive specialist teaching in the following areas:

Performing Arts

The performing arts education at Heaton offers a well-balanced and exciting arts education where abilities in this area are extended and integrated with the inquiry programme, where possible.

Te Reo Maori

Te reo Māori is indigenous to Aotearoa New Zealand. It is a taonga recognized under the Treaty of Waitangi, a primary source of our nation’s self-knowledge and identity, and an official language. By understanding and using te reo Māori, New Zealanders become more aware of the role played by the indigenous language and culture in defining and asserting our point of difference in the wider world.