Designing Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori

Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori for students in years 1-8 describe the kōrero (oral language), pānui (reading), tuhituhi (writing) and pāngarau (mathematics) skills and knowledge students need to learn in all other learning areas across Te Marautanga o Aotearoa at different stages of their schooling.

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa sets broad outcomes and direction for students’ learning and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori provide reference points or sign posts for each curriculum level. They signal important things to watch for to guide teaching and learning and assessment practices.

Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori include exemplars to help describe quality and give specific examples.

Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori are designed to lift the achievement of all students, including those who need additional support to learn.

Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori will set out what students should be achieving in te reo and pāngarau and at which schooling stage.

Students need to know where they are, how well they are progressing, what to learn next, and what their teachers and whānau will do to help them.

Teachers will assess students’ progress and achievement against Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori in a variety of ways during the year. This is so students know what they need to learn next, and teachers, parents, families and whānau know how to support and extend learning.

Teachers will continue to use the range of assessment tools they use now and supplement these with their professional judgment.

Approach to development and implementation

Developing Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori took more time than the English-medium standards because there was a need to gather more information to base the whanaketanga on, and the Māori-medium sector’s diversity made setting and implementing Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori a complex task.

Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori are part of a wider work programme to strengthen Māori-medium education. The programme includes:

  • support for the curriculum
  • plain language reporting to whānau
  • further developing literacy and numeracy assessment tools
  • providing professional development for principals, teachers and boards.

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa will be fully implemented from 2011. Schools that worked with the draft Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori, in 2010, provided feedback which helped to ensure the outcomes are set at the right curriculum level in relation to all learning areas of the curriculum and helped to establish assessment practices that will continue to support teachers.

The revised Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori were published in December 2010 and will be fully implemented in all kura and Māori-medium settings alongside Te Marautanga o Aotearoa from February 2011.

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