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Personal identity and self-worth: celebrating families

Possible Learning Activities

  • Students can identify the different groups they each belong to, such as their home, class, school, or community, and describe these. Students share and display their descriptions.
  • Students can discuss their different home family/whānau structures, including extended, nuclear, and single-parent families. (Check that they understand the different terms used.) Students identify various family roles and how family members can contribute to meeting the needs of individuals within the family structure. Develop their ideas into a web (see Figure 1).
  • Using the web as a guide, students can construct a poster, mind map, or chart showing their place in their family and identifying those things in their family that are important to them, such as family values, celebrations, things they do together, and ways family members help and support each other.
  • Develop this activity into a class mural that illustrates the diversity of family structures and roles.

Suggested Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • identify and describe their family/whānau structure and their place in it (2C2)
  • treat others with respect and accept individual differences (2C2).


(particularly taha whānau and taha wairua)

Strengthening the feeling of personal identity and belonging.

Socio-economic Perspective

Emphasising the interdependence of family members.