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08 October
2019

Celebrations and Festivals L2 Celebrating with our Families

Task Purpose: To find out how families celebrate special days together.

Curriculum Learning Goal: Social sciences goal Understand how people celebrate what is important to them and what they believe in.

Literacy Learning Goal: Listen to others’ information and discuss own information to find what is similar and what is different. Identify key steps in the way that people celebrate by summarizing and ordering main ideas.

Vocabulary: Brothers’ and Sisters’ day Specialised: barfi, cardamom, ghee, Raksha Bandhan, rachis (bracelets),Shravan. Interest: artificial, syrup. White Sunday: Specialised: Lotu Tamaiti, puletasi (lāvalava and top). Interest: memorised, microphone, nervous, rehearsed. Ten Waka For Christmas Specialised: Kererū, koru, Kuia. Vocabulary: Brothers’ and Sisters’ day Specialised: barfi, cardamom, ghee, Raksha Bandhan, rachis (bracelets),Shravan. Interest: artificial, syrup. White Sunday: Specialised: Lotu Tamaiti, puletasi (lāvalava and top). Interest: memorised, microphone, nervous, rehearsed. Ten Waka For Christmas Specialised: Kererū, koru, Kuia.

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08 October
2019

Celebrations and Festivals L2 Planning a celebration

Task Purpose: To find out what is involved in celebrating birthdays around the world. To find out what is involved in planning a celebration​. To find out what is involved in planning a celebration and managing a budget. To understand why written invitations are important.

Curriculum Learning Goal: Social sciences goal ​: Understand how celebrations reflect and express people’s traditions and values. Financial Capability Make simple budget choices that prioritise 'needs' and 'wants'

Literacy Learning Goal: Express an opinion and listen to those of others and negotiate to reach an agreement Sequence and organise information clearly so that a reader can understand and act on it.

Specialised vocabulary: ​celebration, festival Interestvocabulary:​celebrate,​​clown,chrysanthemum,especially​,​parcel​,p​ resent,​i​nvitation, lavender, muscle, shadow, statues. Specialised vocabulary: ​celebration, festival Interestvocabulary:​celebrate,​​clown,chrysanthemum,especially​,​parcel​,p​ resent,​i​nvitation, lavender, muscle, shadow, statues.

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08 October
2019

Celebrations and Festivals L3 An introduction

Task Purpose: To be able to define how we celebrate with our families and with others at a festival. To find out what objects are used to help us celebrate.

Curriculum Learning Goal: Social sciences goal ​: Understand how celebrations reflect and express people’s traditions, values and culture. Understand how celebrations may vary between different cultures but reflect similar purposes.

Literacy Learning Goal: Ask and answer questions related to the curriculum purpose. Read to locate and identify similarities and differences in the information gathered. Write clearly structured sentences; supporting the main ideas with some detail to meet the curriculum purpose. Revise and edit writing so it is clear for the reader to understand.

Specialised vocabulary: ​celebration, festival, traditions. Specialised vocabulary: ​celebration, festival, traditions.

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08 October
2019

Celebrations and Festivals L4 At my dinner table

Task Purpose: To find out something of the lives of possible guests.

Curriculum Learning Goal: Social sciences goals Make connections by thinking about the underlying reasons why people do the things they do. Understand how individuals participate in and seek to overcome challenges.

Literacy Learning Goal: Skim texts ​to gain a quick idea of what the text is about. Scan texts to quickly identify information needed to meet the curriculum purpose. Gather, evaluate and synthesise information across a small range of texts. Create content that is relevant and meets the curriculum purpose and engages the intended audience. Seek and respond to feedback given on presentations developed for an audience.

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08 October
2019

Celebrations and Festivals L4 Why and how

Task Purpose: To explore the range of festivals and how they can be grouped To find out why we have festivals

Curriculum Learning Goal: Social sciences goal Understand how people pass on and sustain culture and heritage for different reasons.

Literacy Learning Goal: To view information and make connections by drawing on background and world knowledge in order to gain meaning and make classifications. To analyse and synthesise information to address the curriculum goal.

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08 October
2019

Celebrations and Festivals L3 Celebrating Local heroes

Task Purpose: To find out what it means to be a hero. ​To define what makes an everyday local hero. To identify who might be an everyday hero in your community.

Curriculum Learning Goal: Social science goal Know and recognise how individuals’ contributions can make a positive impact on others.

Literacy Learning Goal: Use precise, descriptive language to clearly express thoughts and ideas for a particular audience. Plan and organise ideas and information into an appropriate structure to meet the writing purpose. Locate, select and evaluate information from print and digital texts to meet the curriculum purpose.

Vocabulary: Saving Poorman’s Stream Specialised:​ ​acidity, alkalinity, conductivity, flow rate, Waimea estuary, water clarity, Interest: compostable, koura, pesticide, protective, recyclable, rummaging, thermometer, trampled. Boy on a Bike Specialised: elevation charts, fat bike, head wind, kilojoules, peripheral vision, pledge pages, St John’s cadet. Interest: compromise, dragged, howled, gripped, frantically, social media, suspension bridge, underestimate. Place names: Ahipara, Pureora, Ninety Mile beach. Vocabulary: Saving Poorman’s Stream Specialised:​ ​acidity, alkalinity, conductivity, flow rate, Waimea estuary, water clarity, Interest: compostable, koura, pesticide, protective, recyclable, rummaging, thermometer, trampled. Boy on a Bike Specialised: elevation charts, fat bike, head wind, kilojoules, peripheral vision, pledge pages, St John’s cadet. Interest: compromise, dragged, howled, gripped, frantically, social media, suspension bridge, underestimate. Place names: Ahipara, Pureora, Ninety Mile beach.

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