Te Whāriki Online spotlights

Te Whāriki spotlights highlight topics central to Te Whāriki. They offer key ideas, reflective questions to consider or discuss, and resources to enrich your professional learning and discussions.

The best way to view a spotlight is to enlarge the slideshow by selecting the full screen icon at the bottom of the tool bar.

You can also download a spotlight, make a copy, and personalise it to suit the needs of your centre.

Tips for using the spotlights

General / technical

The best way to view the spotlight is to enlarge the slideshow by selecting the full screen icon at the bottom of the tool bar.

Use the forward and back arrows to move through the spotlight at your own pace.

You can download the spotlight and adapt it for your own use, but you must respect copyright, especially of the images and video.


Professional learning

The spotlights are best used in a group, in which you can consider and discuss the content and questions.

The spotlights focus in on a specific aspect of Te Whāriki, and are designed to help kaiako deepen their understanding and practical application of the curriculum.

They offer a brief overview or short introduction.

You may choose to use the spotlights in facilitated sessions and in specific ways for your context. For example, you might:

  • work together on a complete spotlight in a team meeting or professional development session
  • select parts of a spotlight to spend more time on, completing it over a number of sessions
  • select parts of a spotlight to revisit and explore in greater depth.

Pacific voices in Te Whāriki

Use this spotlight to explore Te Whāriki as a woven mat for diverse Pacific voices and values in Pacific contexts, and to create a local curriculum that represents Pacific pedagogy.




Social competence and oral language

Use this spotlight to explore the importance of oral language for social competence and how kaiako can support children to establish, manage, and maintain relationships with others.




Learning to learn

Te Whāriki 2017 has a strong emphasis on tamariki learning how to learn in a changing world. It takes account of the significant changes and challenges that have occured since the 1996 edition of Te Whāriki in the way knowledge is viewed and gained – changes that reflect new knowledge about how the brain works and growing up in a fast changing, diverse, and globally connected world.

Use this spotlight to explore learning to learn on your own or with your team.

It includes key points, a short video, team activities, and opportunities for personal reflection.




Assessment

Use this spotlight to evaluate, reflect, and refresh your thinking on your assessment processes. You can work through the slides on your own or in a team meeting – where the reflective questions can prompt debate and discussion.



Leadership for learning

Use this spotlight to explore leadership for learning and what it means for you. Find short videos, resources, and opportunities for personal reflection. You can work through it on your own or with your colleagues.