For this activity, students interview a whānau member about their own experiences of school, and what their hopes are for their child’s education. As well as giving your school a chance to engage with the community in a co-design process, this provides a deeper learning experience for tamariki.
If this activity won't work for your setting, check out the in-class option Journey to the Future, which can also be done as a precursor.
Say to tamariki:
We spend about 1,152 hours every year at school – that’s nearly 15,000 hours by the time you graduate high school!
Given we spend so much of our lives at school, it’s important that as well as learning, we also feel happy and safe.
- What would help to make a school a positive place for everyone?
- What things might get in the way of students, staff or whānau feeling safe and happy at school?
Think about what school might have been like for your parents or grown-up whānau.
- What things are similar? And what things have changed?
- How might your whānau members’ experiences of school impact the way they feel about you being at school?
- What might your whānau hope you get out of your school days? (Sometimes we don’t really know, and sometimes it’s all they talk about!)
What sorts of things might influence what they want for you? (This could range from: things they didn’t get to do while they were at school, to things they think you're really good at, their views on education or their dream for tamariki to have the best future possible
Say: Tonight – you'll be chief reporter and your job is to interview an adult in your family about their experiences of school and what their hopes are for you.
This will help us understand the goals they have for us – and come up with some cool things we could focus on within our class and school.