My place in time Tāku tūranga itewā

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 the connections between place, time, people and emotion. Using the Oho My places, My time and My people cards, the Ata Emotions cards, and the My place in time activity sheet, explore the connections between place, time, people and emotion and how they influence our perspectives on and approach to learning.

Oho — Resource collection

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.
  • If you don’t have the Ata resource, download and print the cards from or use the blank Oho cards to create your own.
  • Learners might have grown up somewhere different to where they live now. Prompt them to think about the places that matter to them most.
  • To focus this activity on a more specific learning experience, substitute the Oho My places cards with the Ata Context cards.
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Shown here: The My place in time activity sheet with Oho and Ata cards placed on it.


What you will need

Oho My places, My time and My people cards.

Ata Emotions cards.

My place in time activity sheet: One per person or group.


1. Prepare cards

This activity uses a combination of Oho and Ata cards. Add or remove My places, My time, My people and Emotions (Ata) cards to suit the context of your classroom.

2. Prepare activity sheets

Print or photocopy one My place in time activity sheet for each person or group.

Choose something that has been on your mind lately. Maybe it’s something you’ve done, you want to do, want to find more about or something that is requiring focus.

Place cards on the activity sheet. Discuss why each selection was made and how it relates to the other cards. We suggest introducing the card types one set at a time as you work through the steps.

3. My places

Select a My places card that represents where this did or might take place.

4. My time

Select a My time card that represents when this did or might take place.

5. My people

Select a My people card that represents who was or might be involved.

6. Emotion

Select an Ata Emotion card that represents how this did or might make you feel.

Discuss and compare

  • Explore the different perspectives and ideas around time, place, people and emotion. Then, discuss and compare your findings with the group or classroom.
  • What was, is or will be significant about that point in time?
  • What makes these places so special? How do they make you feel? What do they look like? What are the sights and smells?
  • What role do the people play?
  • What significance does your emotional response play?

Next steps

Explore other aspects of Connection to place and Identities, languages, cultures and values with the Sorting my places, The names of my places, My unique whānau, My whānau in my place of learning and My culture in my place of learning activities.