About 'Treat Me'
Arahoe leaders and educators have been looking at the learning environment at Arahoe School and asking ourselves: to what extent does culture count, as we know learners’ understandings form the basis of identity and learning. It is expected that our curriculum is culturally responsive, and in this way the New Zealand Curriculum's Principles of Cultural Diversity and Inclusion are realised. The principle of cultural diversity calls for schools and educators to affirm students’ different cultural identities, and incorporate their cultural contexts into teaching and learning programmes. Teaching for cultural diversity also involves helping students understand and respect diverse viewpoints, values, customs, and languages.
Topic Studies 2018
Please refer to the tables below to see how each syndicate explores the 2018 theme, and how they apply it to their topic studies for each term.
Term 3 Topic
Students in Years 1 - 2 will explore how preserving and respecting language has the potential to bring cultures together.
Students in Years 3 - 6 will explore and examine how current behaviours need to adapt in order to preserve our earth and oceans resources .
Term 2 Topic
In Term 2, Arahoe School focused on the Planet Earth and Beyond strand of the science curriculum. For many Maori, Matariki heralds the start of a new year. This proved to be a timely and valuable context for learning about the sun and the moon, and their physical effects on the light available to Earth.
Term 1 Topic
We began the year looking at the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and the bi-cultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand to create a culturally responsive curriculum. We looked at how partnership with Maori and Maori world view have influenced our social relationships within whanau and with the environment, particularly our seas and oceans.