The strands of Te Whāriki: Communication
Ngā taumata whakahirahira ki Te Whāriki: Mana Reo

Introduction - He kupu whakataki

Indeed, it was in this [research] process that we came to recognize – in practice as well as in theory – the critically important role of dialogic knowledge building in fostering the dispositions of caring, collaboration and critical inquiry that are at the heart of our vision of education.1

This book collects together early childhood exemplars that illustrate the assessment of learning that is valued within the curriculum strand of Communication/Mana Reo, keeping in mind that:

Exemplars are examples of assessments that make visible learning that is valued so that the learning community (children, families, whānau, teachers, and beyond) can foster ongoing and diverse learning pathways.2

Although these exemplars have been annotated with a Communication/Mana Reo lens, in many cases the lens of another strand could have been used. The principle of Holistic Development or Kotahitanga set out in Te Whāriki is a reminder that the curriculum “strands” are a construction, and in any episode of a child’s learning, these areas are inextricably intertwined and interconnected.

Learning stories in PDF format

Unfortunately, because of publishing constraints, we are only able to provide the learning stories to you in PDF format.

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A summary of the exemplars for The Strands of Te Whāriki: Communication follows:

  • Drawing and chanting together
  • Introducing the computer
  • Leo and te reo Māori
  • Starting with photos
  • Rahmat and the snakes
  • Fuka, Colette and Fea
  • Te marae
  • Sofia the reader
  • Phoebe's puzzling morning
  • Harriet's mermaid
  • Jorjia's imaginary turtle

For more information, or to request a hard copy of this exemplar book, please email the ministry.


Last updated: 14 April 2010