Milton Primary School - Respect, Responsibility, Confidence


Te Ao Māori


 Our Beliefs about Māori learning:

  • Milton Primary School is committed to integrating Tikanga (Māori culture and custom) and the Māori world view into all aspects of learning.  By learning te reo Māori and becoming increasingly familiar with Tikanga, Māori children will have their identities and culture strengthened and respected, while non-Māori learners will journey towards creating shared cultural understandings.  All who learn te reo Māori help to secure its future as a living, dynamic and rich language (NZC, pg14).
  • Te reo Māori is our main priority for learning languages


Our Programme:

  • A holistic and natural integration of of Te Reo and Māori World view is expected throughout the curriculum
  • Te Aho Arataki Marau ma te ako i Te Reo Māori -Kura Auraki (Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori) will be used to support children to achieve curriculum level one by the end of year six
  • An integrated approach to learning, focusing on contexts that have meaning and interest for children 
  • Te Reo Māori learning experiences will be explicitly taught, and when appropriate, be integrated into everyday teaching and learning opportunities.  The knowledge and skills acquired by our children will be built upon as they progress through the school.  Daily delivery of this programme will be documented into classroom timetables.


Learning opportunities for children:

  • Whānau groups
  • Māori language awards
  • Ako Māori,
  • Kapa haka
  • EOTC visits:  Marae, Otago Museum, Sinclair Wetlands etc
  • Everyday learning:  teacher commands, immersion of Te Reo into other learning areas, visual aids in classroom, signage around the school
  • Visiting experts and community support:  advisors, community members