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Exploring Te Ao Kori focuses on learning that develops students' social, personal, and interpersonal skills; creative, artistic, and physical skills and abilities; and knowledge and understanding of the significance of cultural practices.

To develop social, personal, and interpersonal skills, students need to:

  • identify how attitudes and values are linked to self-worth and personal identity
  • appreciate their uniqueness and their relationship to community and environment
  • learn cooperative and communicative skills
  • develop confidence in and through physical and artistic expression
  • influence their own and others' hauora (well-being)
  • develop care and concern for others by respecting others and fostering inclusiveness
  • be both teacher and learner
  • develop an appreciation of their own skills and understanding
  • engage in collaborative activities.

To develop their creative, artistic, and physical skills and abilities, students need to:

  • learn and create movements based on experiences, beliefs, ideas, and feelings
  • explore a variety of locomotor and non-locomotor movements, using the elements of body awareness, space, time, energy, and relationships
  • create movements and dance sequences that are inspired by te ao kori
  • perform Māori movements and dance in informal and/or formal settings
  • practise responding to, reflecting on, and analysing movement and dance in their many forms, including customary and contemporary Māori dance
  • explore and respond to the elements and expressive qualities of music through such activities as listening, moving, singing, and playing
  • sing individually and in groups, using appropriate techniques and performance practices
  • learn to use appropriate construction methods and natural materials, in response to customary Māori objects and images
  • create objects that relate to those found in customary Māori society.

To gain knowledge and understanding of the significance of cultural practices, students need to:

  • identify links between body, mind, and spirit in the Māori context
  • derive and use ideas through imagination, feelings, and personal experiences
  • explore the origins of movement, language, dance, drama, music, and the visual arts within te ao kori
  • identify the impact of the environment and other cultures on te ao kori
  • identify and understand how te ao kori can enhance sensory education
  • understand tikanga (see Tikanga guidelines), both contemporary and traditional
  • learn through play
  • engage their imagination
  • learn through physical, creative, and artistic problem solving
  • apply a range of movements and dance skills to Māori music
  • develop knowledge and understanding of how Māori movements and dance are communicated and interpreted in different community settings
  • develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of how Māori vocal and instrumental music is communicated and interpreted in different community settings
  • develop an understanding of toi puoro (music) and the cultural protocols of musical performance
  • learn how cultural objects are made and what ideas they convey
  • learn about the purpose and significance of cultural objects to the people who made and used them.

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