He Kākano - Growing the Seed

Senior Extension Te Reo Māori Class

As part of our commitment to growing Te Reo Māori and tikanga we offer an optional senior extension Te Reo Māori class on a Friday morning. This is offered to those students in Rooms Five, Seven and One.

In this class students further their knowledge of Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori.

Scroll down to look at what we are learning and to see examples of our work.

Te Aho Arataki Marau mo te Ako i Te Reo Måori - Kura Auraki

Achievement Objectives:

1.1 greet, farewell and acknowledge people and respond to greetings and acknowledgements
1.2 introduce themselves and others and respond to introductions
1.4 communicate about personal information, such as name, parents’ and grandparents’ names, iwi, hapü, mountain, and river, or hometown and place of family origin
1.5 communicate about location
1.6 understand and use simple politeness conventions (for example, ways of acknowledging people, expressing regret, and complimenting people)
1.7 use and respond to simple classroom language (including asking for the word to express something in te reo Måori).
3.3 give and follow directions

Key areas of learning:

- Learning Languages, Te Reo Māori, Te Ao Māori

Key competencies:

- Thinking, Using language, symbols and text, participating and contributing

Karoro School Values:

- Community Participation, Respect

Ngā Ara Reo - Language Modes

Whakarongo - Listening

By the end of Level 1, students can:- identify the sounds of letters of the Måori alphabet (arapü), letter combinations, intonation, and stress patterns;- recognise and understand simple, familiar spoken words, phrases, and sentences.

Pānui - Reading

By the end of Level 1, students can:- identify letters of the Måori alphabet (arapü), letter combinations, basic written language conventions, and simple punctuation;- recognise and understand simple, familiar written words, phrases, and sentences.

Mātakitaki - Viewing

By the end of Level 1, students can:- interpret meanings that are conveyed in combinations of words and images or symbols.

Korero - speaking

By the end of Level 1, students can:- imitate the pronunciation, intonation, stress, and rhythm of Måori words, phrases, and sentences;- respond appropriately to simple, familiar instructions and simple questions;- ask simple questions- initiate spoken encounters in te reo Måori, using simple greetings, questions, and statements.

Tuhituhi - Writing

By the end of Level 1, students can:- write letters and numbers- write vowels and macrons- reproduce letter combinations and punctuation for Måori words, phrases, and sentences in familiar contexts- write simple, familiar words, phrases, and sentences using the conventions of written language, such as appropriate spelling and punctuation

Whakaatu - Presenting

By the end of Level 1, students can:- use appropriate facial expression, body language, and images to convey messages (with and without accompanying verbal language)- use selected features of visual language to add meaning to simple written or oral text

Term Tahi - Rua He Kākano 2018

Tikanga and Cultural Knowledge Building


Success Criteria

We will be successful when we have/can….

  • say some karakia to start class
  • sing some waiata to go with our karakia
  • share our mihimihi and listen with respect to other people’s mihimihi
  • created some art pieces inspired by Māori art and understand some of the learning, stories and tikanga that sit behind mahi toi.

Language Focus:


WALT: ask and answer questions

S.C: we will be successful when we can ask and answer a range of questions.

  • “He aha tēnei?” “What is this?”
  • “He _______ tena.” “That is a ____.”

Knowledge needed: tēnei (this by me), tēnā (that by you), tērā (that over there)


WALT: count to 100

Communicate about numbers

Ask how many of something: “E hia ngā kuri?” “How many dogs are there?”

S.C: we will be successful when we can count to 100

Answer questions about how many of something” “E toru ngā kuri.” “There are three dogs.

Game = “21”

Kupu - building word knowledge

Our aim is to know 100 words in Māori. Learn your kupu list each week.

Read the pukapuka, ‘Taku Mōkai.’

Kei te ako mātou: to say who our pets are and what their names are.

Click here for an example of this work.

Give and follow directions

WALT: give and follow directions.

S.C: We will be successful when we can give and follow directions.

Key kupu: runga, raro, roto, waho, mauī, matau, haere atu, haere mai

We will do this through games and activities.

He Kākano 2017

Main Focus - Term Tahi me Rua 2017

Our main focus for the next two terms is to look at the topic of kākahu - clothing. For this we will look at traditional Māori clothing and how this was made and what types of clothing there was and who wore it. Then we will also learn the kupu for clothing (eg. tarau = trousers).

Minor Focus/Maintenance

  • Saying our mihi off-by-heart
  • Understanding and using basic commands, directions, and actions
  • Knowing and communicating about number and colours
  • Understanding how to use ‘te’ and ‘ngā’ to denote singular or plural
  • Know a karakia off-by-heart to begin our class. Click here for our karakia.
  • Know the kupu for everyday classroom objects

Main Focus - Term Toru 2017

Our main focus for this term is to be able to communicate about The Weather - Te Huarere in Māori. We will work towards being able to present the weather forecast in groups.

Minor Focus/Maintenance

  • Saying our mihi off-by-heart. For extension, some students will learn a poetic version of their mihi
  • Understanding and using basic commands, directions, and actions
  • Understand how to communicate past, present, and future tense. Ka = future, Kei te = present, I = past.
  • Pānui pukapuka. Reading basic books in Te Reo Māori.

We will put up examples of our mahi at a later date.

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