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With several 'low key' but significant and impactful amendments to the EYFS coming into play as of last week (the 4th Jan 2023) it's crucial everyone within the industry is up to date and has a plan of action to swiftly tick the boxes necessary to comply with the changes.
Join Ben on an educational journey across the globe as you visit New Zealand, the homeland of the Te Whāriki and the home to a rich and diverse mix of ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. As a result of such ethnic diversity amongst it's population, including the indigenous Māroi population, the Te Whāriki has been created to protect, strengthen and celebrate the cultural identity of the Māori people, and all other communities and ethnicities that call New Zealand home. "Unique in its bicultural framing, Te Whāriki expresses our vision that all children grow up in New Zealand as competent and confident learners, strong in their identity, language and culture. It emphasises our bicultural foundation, our multicultural present and the shared future we are creating. It encourages all children to learn in their own ways, supported by adults who know them well and have their best interests at heart." This class presents an incredible opportunity to explore key insights and learning from this unique approach to Early Years and the importance of communities, culture and identity for young children and their families.
1. The Four Principles Of The Te Whāriki17:02
The Te Whāriki provides a framework of principles, strands, goals and learning outcomes that prioritises the mana of the child and emphasises respectful, reciprocal and responsive relationships. This framework provides a basis for each setting to ‘weave’ a local curriculum that reflects its own distinctive character and values. In this class we'll be exploring the 4 principles that are woven into the Te Whāriki along with the learning strands that you'll explore within the coming lessons.
2. Mana Atua - The Wellbeing Strand03:41
In lesson 2 you'll explore the first of the Te Whāriki's strands, which is the Mana Atua (the wellbeing strand) that dives into topics such as keeping themselves healthy and caring for themselves (te oranga nui), managing themselves and expressing their feelings and needs (te whakahua whakaaro) and keeping themselves and others safe from harm (te noho haumaru).
3. Mana Whenua - The Belonging Strand05:45
In lesson 3 you'll explore the Mana Whenua strand of the Te Whāriki's, which is all about the concept of Belonging and dives into topics such as making connections between people, places & things in their world (te waihanga hononga), taking part in caring for this place (te manaaki i te taiao), understanding how things work here and adapting to change (te mārama ki te āhua o ngā whakahaere me te mōhio ki te panoni) and showing respect for kaupapa, rules and the rights of others (te mahi whakaute).
4. Mana Tangata - The Contribution Strand05:45
In lesson 4 you'll explore the Mana Tangata strand of the Te Whāriki's, which is all about the concept of Contribution and dives into topics such as treating others fairly and including them in play (te ngākau makuru), recognising and appreciating their own ability to learn (te rangatiratanga), using a range of strategies and skills to play and learn with others (te ngākau aroha).
5. Mana Reo - The Communication Strand05:02
In lesson 5 you'll explore the Mana Reo strand of the Te Whāriki's, which is all about the concept of Communication and dives into topics such as using gesture and movement to express themselves (he kōrero ā-tinana), understanding oral language and using it for a range of purposes (he kōrero ā-waha), expressing their feelings and ideas using a wide range of materials and modes (he kōrero auaha) and recognising symbols and concepts and using them with enjoyment, meaning and purpose (he kōrero tuhituhi).
6. Mana Aotūroa - The Exploration Strand05:43
In lesson 6 you'll explore the Mana Aotūroa strand of the Te Whāriki's, which is all about the concept of Exploration and dives into topics such as playing, imagining, inventing and experimenting (te whakaaro me te tūhurahura i te pūtaiao), moving confidently and challenging themselves physically (te wero ā-tinana), using a range of strategies for reasoning and problem solving (te hīraurau hopanga), making sense of their worlds by generating and refining working theories (te rangahau me te mātaurang).
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