Year 8 - Overview

Curriculum level:
4
Length of Programme:
9 x 45 – 90 minute periods

Programme Focus

Why a Treaty?

– Using the Treaty interactive CD Rom and the information provided in Section 1 of the TREATY 2 U exhibition website (see: www.treaty2u.govt.nz/maori-and-the-british/) as the basis for the lessons, the students will learn about the lead up to the signing of the Treaty, from early contact between Māori and Europeans, to 6 February 1840.

Social Science strand/strands

  • Identity, Culture, and Organisation
  • Place and Environment
  • Continuity and Change

Vision

Connected

– students will share ideas and make connections between New Zealand’s past, present and future.

Lifelong learners

– investigating New Zealand history, and applying skills of interpretation and review, to help students develop critical and creative thinking skills.

Principles

High expectations

– students have the opportunity to share their work with peers, and, potentially, wider audiences.

Learning to learn

– students reflect on their own learning and that of others through the process of refining their own work.

Treaty of Waitangi

– students have the opportunity to study the text of the Treaty of Waitangi from the aspect of why a treaty was needed in New Zealand.

Values

Excellence

– students are encouraged to aim high with their questioning, debate, research, and presentation.

Innovation, inquiry, and curiosity

– students are encouraged to think critically, creatively and reflectively throughout the process.

Respect

– students are encouraged to review each other’s work, giving positive feedback and suggestions for improvement, practicing respectful communication with their peers.

Diversity

– the opportunity is presented to students to think about the values, views, and heritage of cultures different from their own.

Key Competencies

Connected

– students will share ideas and make connections between New Zealand’s past, present and future.

Lifelong learners

– investigating New Zealand history, and applying skills of interpretation and review, to help students develop critical and creative thinking skills.

High expectations

– students have the opportunity to share their work with peers, and, potentially, wider audiences.

Learning to learn

– students reflect on their own learning and that of others through the process of refining their own work.

Treaty of Waitangi

– students have the opportunity to study the text of the Treaty of Waitangi from the aspect of why a treaty was needed in New Zealand.

Excellence

– students are encouraged to aim high with their questioning, debate, research, and presentation.

Innovation, inquiry, and curiosity

– students are encouraged to think critically, creatively and reflectively throughout the process.

Respect

– students are encouraged to review each other’s work, giving positive feedback and suggestions for improvement, practicing respectful communication with their peers.

Diversity

– the opportunity is presented to students to think about the values, views, and heritage of cultures different from their own.

Relating to others

– the students will share ideas, recognise different points of view, negotiate, and work together to learn about the themes in the TREATY 2 U exhibition.

Participating and contributing

– the students will be involved in various discussions and activities, individually and in small groups where they will need to contribute their thoughts and ideas.

Thinking

– the students will explore, question, and form opinions about New Zealand history and the Treaty of Waitangi

Using language, symbols and texts

– the students will interpret language and symbols within a variety of texts, including: written, oral/aural, and visual; informative and imaginative; informal and formal.

Achievement Objectives:

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • Understand how exploration and innovation create opportunities and challenges for people, places, and environments.
  • Understand that events have causes and effects.

Unit Overview

Lesson 1

  • What is a treaty?
  • Who is the Treaty of Waitangi between?
  • Key dates and information about the Treaty sheets
  • Write a treaty

Lesson 2

  • Arrival of the Māori to New Zealand
  • The Maori World
  • Story of Kupe
  • Evolving NZ mural

Lesson 3

  • Maori and British contact
  • Abel Tasman
  • James Cook

Lesson 4

  • Missionaries

Lesson 5

  • Traders

Lesson 6

  • Muskets

Lesson 7

  • Openness and change
  • James Busby
  • William Hobson
  • Henry Williams

Lesson 8

  • Role-play preparation

Lesson 9

  • Role-play presentation