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Bayswater School

Region: Auckland

Art form: Multi-disciplinary

Project name: Aotearoa New Zealand Histories through storytelling and the Arts

Creative name: Sasha Gillies

Project information: This project will combine the Aotearoa New Zealand Histories curriculum, storytelling, the Arts, and digital technology to consolidate learning and understanding, to experience the joy of being artists, and to bring the community together in developing a resource for the school. 

As a multicultural and inclusive school, the introduction of the draft Aotearoa New Zealand Histories curriculum has brought with it a plethora of opportunities as its content embraces the histories of all the people who live in Aotearoa New Zealand. It enables us to refine our local curriculum and marau ā-kura to reflect the histories of our community. It will help “ākonga understand there are multiple perspectives on historical and contemporary events and help them develop their critical thinking and inquiry skills”. 

The stories will come from our tamariki, they will come from their whānau, they will come from the community, and they will come from reading and researching. Children will learn and discover through their class programmes with guidance from their kaiako—using Dorothy Heathcote's Mantle of the Expert, a dramatic inquiry approach—the Understand and Know elements of the Aotearoa New Zealand Histories curriculum. This project will enable children to consolidate their ideas and complete the trio with the DO element: thinking critically about the past and interpreting stories about it. This project is a meaningful, authentic, and creative celebration of Aotearoa New Zealand’s History.

Project starting: February 2022

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