Wai Ako | Understand the Te Reo Māori Curriculum for English Medium primary schools

Te Reo Māori Curriculum

The Curriculum Guidelines for teaching Te Reo Māori in English medium schools are called Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori and are available online. The Curriculum Guidelines set out 8 Levels. It is expected that primary schools will use Levels 1 and 2: Beginning to use te reo Māori (See FAQs: “Can all schools use the curriculum? How do I use the curriculum?”).

There are a total of twelve Achievements Objectives across Level 1 and 2. These are Achievements Objectives 1.1 to 1.7 and 2.1 to 2.5. To complete all twelve Achievements Objectives by Year 6 would require working through about two Achievement Objectives per year.

Wai Ako breaks each Achievement Objective down further into 1-3 songs, each covering just one phrase or type of phrase. 4 new songs per year is a good pace. There is plenty of time to spend a few weeks on each song, learning and repeating the new language and then incorporating what is learned into the daily class routine.

The current Level 1 release of Wai Ako includes a Bonus song from Level 2, as follows:

Achievement Objective 1.1 Greetings:

1.1a Ata marie Good Morning

1.1b Tēnā tātou katoa Hello all

1.1c Mā te wā See you later

Achievement Objective 1.2 Introductions:

1.2a Ko wai tō ingoa? What is your name?

1.2b Kei hea tō kāinga? Where is your home?

Achievement Objective 1.3 Numbers:

1.3a Ko te aha tēnei ra? What day is this?

1.3b Te Maramataka The Māori calendar

1.3c E hia? Tokohia? How many?

Achievement Objective 1.4 Personal Info:

1.4a Taku whānau My family

1.4b Taku pepeha My pepeha

1.4c E hia ō tau? How old are you?

Achievement Objective 1.5 Location:

1.5a Kei hea a Koro? Where is Koro?

Achievement Objective 1.6 Politeness:

1.6a Tau kē! Excellent! Wonderful! Awesome!

1.6b Kia pai tō rā! Have a good day!

Achievement Objective 1.7 Classroom langauge:

1.7a Kei te pēhea koe? How are you?

1.7b Whakarongo mai! Listen to me!

BONUS Achievement Objective 2.4 Time:

BONUS Wai ako 2.4a Te āhua o te rangi The weather

Level 2 will be released in 2019.

Wai Ako is now available to teachers to subscribe online, here! But before you subscribe, Wai Ako is designed to be used by the whole school, and we offer a discounted price for school wide subscriptions. Why not see if your school will consider rolling the Wai Ako programme out across the school? For more information email info@waiako.com.