Exploration Mana Aoturoa

Exploration Mana Aoturoa

5 November 2018

Strand 5 of Te Whāriki is Exploration Mana Aotūroa. At Nurtured at Home our Visiting Teachers work with and alongside Educators to consider what this looks like in practice:



Children experience an environment where:

Over time and with guidance and encouragement, children become increasingly capable of:

Their play is valued as meaningful learning and the importance of spontaneous play is recognised

Playing, imagining, inventing and experimenting : te whakaaro me te tūhurahura I te pūtaiao

They gain confidence in and control of their bodies

Moving confidently and challenging themselves physically : te wero ā-tinana

They learn strategies for active exploration, thinking and reasoning

Using a range of strategies for reasoning and problem solving : te hīraurau hopanga

They develop working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical and material worlds

Making sense of their worlds by generating and refining working theories : te rangahau me te mātauranga

A child’s exploration involves all aspects of the environment: natural, social, physical, spiritual and human-made.

Children learn through play: by doing, asking questions, interacting with others, devising theories about how things work and then trying them out and by making purposeful use of resources.

As they engage in exploration, they begin to develop attitudes and expectations that will continue to influence their learning throughout life.

Diverse ways of being and knowing frame the way respect for the environment is demonstrated. Children may express their respect for the natural world in terms of respect for Papatūānuku, Ranginui and atua Māori. Kaitiakitanga is integral to this.

For Pasifika children, the skills and knowledge that reside in elders, families and community provide the foundation for their independent explorations.