My One Best Thing - Building Cultural Capacity at my Kura

The New Zealand curriculum has been undertaking a curriculum refresh - to give practical effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and to be inclusive, clear and easy to use. For the past year I have been building resources to assist our teaching staff with ways in which we can use our local Iwi (Te Arawa) narratives / stories / legends across all of our curriculum learning areas.

Below I have shared only one example from my Digital Bookshelf - each book contains an animation retelling the Iwi narrative, a range of activities that relate to the key concepts of that narrative for each curriculum area, ways to integrate digital technology into the learning, an explanation of what literacy and numeracy is included in the learning, and links to relevant resources and websites.

I have 7 books so far, however, more will be created and added to our schools digital bookshelf as we develop them.




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Posted on January 15, 2024

Kia ora Melissa,

Ngā Mihi for sharing, I really love all the curriculum links to your local iwi narratives, legends and stories. I saw you present at the Apple event in Auckland at the end of 2023. I have a sabbatical this term with a focus on Aotearoa NZ Histories and would love to use your book template for one of our Manawatū stories from Rangitāne iwi, The Legend of Okatia. Have you done a tutorial on this forum?

Posted on April 23, 2024

This is such a fantastic project and a valuable resource for your students. Great to see it in action. Such a great idea, Melissa. Well done!

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