My culture in my place of learning Tōku ahurea i tōku kura

Tagged with:

  • Mental health
  • Relationships and Sexuality Education
  • Personal health and physical development
  • Relationships With Other People
  • Healthy Communities and Environments
  • Hauora
  • Attitudes and values
  • Health promotion
  • Socio-ecological perspective
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Years 5–8
  • Years 9–10

Explore how your culture and learning community come together. Using the Oho Idea cards and the My culture in my place of learning activity sheet, discover and discuss ways to acknowledge, value and celebrate the cultures of your classmates in your learning community.

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This activity is part of the Oho resource collection.

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Essential info

1-2 lessons
Individual or groups

Learners will

  • Explore the personal and wider cultural connections between place, language, time, events, people and identity.
  • Express and listen to ideas confidently.
  • Describe themselves in relation to the groups within their class and to the whole class.
  • Explore and discuss similarities and differences and how they contribute to the unique whānau, culture and identities of each class member.
  • Identify personal strengths of theirs and others.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of their whānau and personal histories.
  • Investigate the factors that shape our identities and how.
  • Identify different ways identities, languages, cultures and values are and could be represented in learning communities.

Ways to use the resource

  • Connect this activity to Enriching Local Curriculum (ELC) by exploring the names of the places you visit.
  • Centre these activities around relevant global, national or community places, events or themes.
  • Try the activities as an individual, as a small group and as a whole class.
  • Use the resources at home to get a deeper understanding of whānau culture.
  • Capture outputs in a format of your choice.
  • Use insights from these conversations in your learning design.
  • Use blank Oho cards to record new ideas that are not in the pack.
  • Capture outputs in a format of your choice.
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Shown here: The My culture in my place of learning activity sheet with eight Oho cards placed on it.


What you will need

My places, My languages, My time, My events, My people and My identity cards.

My culture in my place of learning activity sheet: One per person or group.

Set up

1. Prepare cards

Add or remove Oho Idea cards to suit the context of your classroom.

2. Prepare activity sheets

Print or photocopy one My culture in my place of learning activity sheet for each person or group.

Using the Oho Idea cards and the My culture in my place of learning activity sheet, choose six aspects about your culture that are important to you. Then, explore ways to acknowledge and value them in your classroom and school culture.

Place cards on the activity sheet. Discuss why you made each selection. We suggest introducing the card types, one set at a time, as you work through the steps.


1. Place

Select a My places card to represent a place that matters to you.

2. Language

Select a My languages card to represent how your voice is or could be heard.

3. Time

Select a My time card to represent when your whānau achievements, goals or aspirations are or could be shown.

4. Events

Select a My events card to represent events that shape your culture.

5. People

Select a My people card to represent people of inspiration in your whānau or community.

6. Identity

Select a My identity card to represent aspects of your identity that are or should be visible.

Discuss and compare

Explore the different perspectives and ideas around how your culture is and could be represented in your place of learning. Then, discuss and compare your findings with the group or classroom.

Next steps

Explore other aspects of your and others’ culture with activities such as The names of my places, How I communicate, My place in time, Important life moments, This is me — my identity, My people of inspiration, I inspire and My unique whānau.