SPARKLERS / Identity and culture

Kimihia Te Mātauranga O Neherā

An opportunity for tamariki to acknowledge and explore their amazing whenua (land) and heritage.
Connections with the NZ Curriculum and Mental Health Education Guide (learn more)

Learning outcomes

Tamariki have knowledge of a significant local site.

He aha ai? – Why we love it

A great way for tamariki to learn Aotearoa’s rich history and connect with their whenua.

Hei mahi - What to do

This activity is inspired by the All Right? Whānau Effect card: Ōtautahi – Explore Our Heritage.

Choose one of these options, or try both!

  • Explore a local place which is historically significant and learn about it as a class.
  • Ask tamariki to select a place that’s important for them or their whānau in Aotearoa and ask them to research a piece of this place’s history and to share this either as a written story, a collage or poster, a play, or a short video.

The resources we recommend:

What next?

Bring in a local kaumatua to talk about the local history – and/or ask tamariki if a member of their whānau who has lived in the local area for a long time might be willing to come in and talk about their childhood and some of the changes they’ve seen.

If you're enjoying connecting with whenua, and your tamariki are too, we love Wellbeing Walkabout and Department of Conservations Outdoor Classroom ideas - they are super!

This activity was inspired by the All Right? whānau effect cards. Have a look for whānau activities tamariki can take home, and print them off! Ask them to record the activity somehow – write about it, video it, take pictures, have a whānau member contribute, draw a picture. As always, we’d love to see the results!

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