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Mana aotūroa


The child learns through active exploration of the environment.

Ko te whakatipuranga tēnei o te mana rangahau, me ngā mātauranga katoa e pā ana ki te aotūroa me te taiao.


Exploration | Children are critical thinkers, problem, solvers and explorers.Exploration | Children are critical thinkers, problem, solvers and explorers.

Mana aotūroa | Children see themselves as explorers, able to connect with and care for their own and wider worlds.


Children experience an environment where:

  • their play is valued as meaningful learning and the importance of spontaneous play is recognised
  • they gain confidence in and control of their bodies
  • they learn strategies for active exploration, thinking and reasoning
  • they develop working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical and material worlds.

Learning outcomes

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

  • playing, imagining, inventing and experimenting | te whakaaro me te tūhurahura i te pūtaiao
  • moving confidently and challenging themselves physically | te wero ā-tinana
  • using a range of strategies for reasoning and problem solving | te hīraurau hopanga
  • making sense of their worlds by generating and refining working theories | te rangahau me te mātauranga.

The resources in this section support kaiako in weaving this strand into their local curriculum.