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  • Māhuri Sapling book overview image

    Phonics Plus book overview Māhuri | Sapling

    These overviews give the order in which the books should be used and identify focus sound sequences, target decodable words using the focus sounds, and the new high utility words for each book.

    Download the PDF Book Overview for the Māhuri | Sapling books. 

    Series: Ready to Read Phonics Plus

    Phase: Māhuri | Sapling

    Scope: Tense, Vowel digraphs

    Publication date: September 2021

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  • School Journal Level 2 June 2022.

    School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the School Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) and audio for the following:

        Audio TSM
    Articles Hui Te Rangiora: The Navigator  
    Oriori    
    Tō Mātou Wāhi – Our Place    
    Māui at Mahitahi    
    Out of the Wild    
    Oriori Piki Kōtuku    
    Student Writing My Poppa    
    Stories Hidden Talent
    Best in Show    

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Hui Te Rangiora: The Navigator.

    Hui Te Rangiora: The Navigator

    by Sandy Morrison 

    Long before the tūpuna of Māori settled in Aotearoa, people sailed across the Pacific Ocean using their knowledge of the stars and nature to find their way. One of those people was Hui Te Rangiora. Nearly 1,500 years ago, he made an amazing journey deep into Te Tai Uka a Pia (the Southern Ocean), where nobody had ever been before. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, Antarctica, Aotearoa New Zealand history, climate change, courage, culture, exploration, explorer, heritage, history, Hui Te Rangiora, identity, Māori history, navigation, Pacific, Southern Ocean, Te Āwhina marae, Te Puna o Riuwaka, Te Tai Uka a Pia, traditional stories, tūpuna, whakapapa, whakataukī, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Oriori.

    Oriori

    by Ariana Tikao 

    People sing oriori to babies as the babies are growing inside their mothers. They also sing them during birth to help keep the mother and the baby relaxed. Later on, oriori can be used as lullabies. Oriori help pass on values and knowledge about te ao Māori. They do this through place names, whakapapa, and stories about the baby’s whānau. Oriori often include the hopes and dreams of the whānau for the baby. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Learning Languages, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, culture, heritage, history, identity, inheritance, kōtuku, language, lullaby, metaphor, oriori, poetry, responsibility, stories, taonga, te reo Māori, tūpuna, values, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Tō Mātou Wāhi – Our Place.

    Tō Mātou Wāhi – Our Place

    by Donna Reader, Principal, Fox Glacier Weheka School

    Fox Glacier Weheka School is a small, rural kura. You’ll find it in the middle of South Westland. The school has only fourteen students. Some of them live near Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tūawe, but others live at Bruce Bay Mahitahi. The Bruce Bay Mahitahi students have to travel for over an hour to get to school.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestry, art, belonging, Bruce Bay, connection, Fox Glacier, identity, Lake Matheson, Mahitahi, Māui, mural, place, planning, process, school, Te Moeka o Tūawe, Weheka

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Māui at Mahitahi.

    Māui at Mahitahi

    by Susan Wallace 

    Do you know who Māui is? If you ask people this question, most will reply “Yes”. But then, if you ask them to tell you more about Māui, it’s likely that each person will describe him differently. They might say Māui is a demi-god, a hero, a trickster, a rascal, their tipuna, or “that guy The Rock played in Moana”. For South Westland iwi Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio, Māui is a great Polynesian explorer who did many good things for his people.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, Aotearoa New Zealand history, courage, discovery, exploration, Hawaiki, Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio, legend, Mahitahi, Māui, naming, Polynesia, taniwha, Te Tauraka Waka a Māui, traditional story, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Out of the Wild.

    Out of the Wild

    by Matt Comeskey 

    When did the chicken cross the road? Probably about eight thousand years ago – no joke! That’s when some scientists think chickens were first domesticated. What about dogs, cats, and other animals? When did they start living with people. And why? 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: adaptation, ancestors, animals, change, domestication, genetics, history, livestock, natural selection

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Piki Kōtuku.

    Piki Kōtuku

    by Ariana Tikao

    Taku piki kōtuku e, ka tau mai koe i hea? I rere mai i tūārangi, i Rangiātea. Ehara i te mea poka noa tō taenga mokorea. 

    My rare feather plume, where are you from? You flew in from far away, from Rangiātea. Your arrival at this time is not by chance. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Learning Languages

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, culture, heritage, history, identity, inheritance, kōtuku, language, lullaby, metaphor, oriori, poetry, responsibility, stories, taonga, te reo Māori, tūpuna, values, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    My Poppa.

    My Poppa

    by Nathan Swain, year 3, Puni School; illustration by Leilani Isara

    My Poppa is special to me. We share the same middle name, and it is Murray. I am the third generation to have the name Murray — it is my uncle’s middle name, too. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Topics: ākonga writing, ancestors, family, fishing, grandfather, student writing, tūpuna, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Hidden Talent

    Hidden Talent

    by Maria Samuela 

    Annie is feeling envious of her siblings – they each have a special talent. (Kana is artistic, Juanita can sing, and rugby-playing Jackson has been made props manager for the upcoming talent quest.) The family says their talents must be inherited from their ancestors. Annie doesn’t think she has any special talents. However, on the night of the talent quest, disaster looms when the power supply goes out.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Topics: ancestors, belonging, change, confidence, Cook Islands, culture, family, heritage, history, identity, inheritance, skills, stories, talent, tūpuna, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Best in Show.

    Best in Show

    by Simon Cooke 

    Bentley had the same nightmare every night: he was in the Perfect Pedigree Pooch Show. He sat proudly on the stage. His coat shone. His teeth gleamed. 

    “Ladies and gentlemen,” said the judge. “Winner of best in show is …”

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, ancestry, confidence, dog show, dogs, friendship, humour, identity, lineage

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • Hui Te Rangiora: The Navigator.

    Hui Te Rangiora: The Navigator

    by Sandy Morrison 

    Long before the tūpuna of Māori settled in Aotearoa, people sailed across the Pacific Ocean using their knowledge of the stars and nature to find their way. One of those people was Hui Te Rangiora. Nearly 1,500 years ago, he made an amazing journey deep into Te Tai Uka a Pia (the Southern Ocean), where nobody had ever been before. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, Antarctica, Aotearoa New Zealand history, climate change, courage, culture, exploration, explorer, heritage, history, Hui Te Rangiora, identity, Māori history, navigation, Pacific, Southern Ocean, Te Āwhina marae, Te Puna o Riuwaka, Te Tai Uka a Pia, traditional stories, tūpuna, whakapapa, whakataukī, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

  • Oriori.

    Oriori

    by Ariana Tikao 

    People sing oriori to babies as the babies are growing inside their mothers. They also sing them during birth to help keep the mother and the baby relaxed. Later on, oriori can be used as lullabies. Oriori help pass on values and knowledge about te ao Māori. They do this through place names, whakapapa, and stories about the baby’s whānau. Oriori often include the hopes and dreams of the whānau for the baby. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Learning Languages, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, culture, heritage, history, identity, inheritance, kōtuku, language, lullaby, metaphor, oriori, poetry, responsibility, stories, taonga, te reo Māori, tūpuna, values, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

  • Tō Mātou Wāhi – Our Place.

    Tō Mātou Wāhi – Our Place

    by Donna Reader, Principal, Fox Glacier Weheka School

    Fox Glacier Weheka School is a small, rural kura. You’ll find it in the middle of South Westland. The school has only fourteen students. Some of them live near Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tūawe, but others live at Bruce Bay Mahitahi. The Bruce Bay Mahitahi students have to travel for over an hour to get to school.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestry, art, belonging, Bruce Bay, connection, Fox Glacier, identity, Lake Matheson, Mahitahi, Māui, mural, place, planning, process, school, Te Moeka o Tūawe, Weheka

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

  • Māui at Mahitahi.

    Māui at Mahitahi

    by Susan Wallace 

    Do you know who Māui is? If you ask people this question, most will reply “Yes”. But then, if you ask them to tell you more about Māui, it’s likely that each person will describe him differently. They might say Māui is a demi-god, a hero, a trickster, a rascal, their tipuna, or “that guy The Rock played in Moana”. For South Westland iwi Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio, Māui is a great Polynesian explorer who did many good things for his people.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, Aotearoa New Zealand history, courage, discovery, exploration, Hawaiki, Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio, legend, Mahitahi, Māui, naming, Polynesia, taniwha, Te Tauraka Waka a Māui, traditional story, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

  • Out of the Wild.

    Out of the Wild

    by Matt Comeskey 

    When did the chicken cross the road? Probably about eight thousand years ago – no joke! That’s when some scientists think chickens were first domesticated. What about dogs, cats, and other animals? When did they start living with people. And why? 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: adaptation, ancestors, animals, change, domestication, genetics, history, livestock, natural selection

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

  • Piki Kōtuku.

    Piki Kōtuku

    by Ariana Tikao

    Taku piki kōtuku e, ka tau mai koe i hea? I rere mai i tūārangi, i Rangiātea. Ehara i te mea poka noa tō taenga mokorea. 

    My rare feather plume, where are you from? You flew in from far away, from Rangiātea. Your arrival at this time is not by chance. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Learning Languages

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, culture, heritage, history, identity, inheritance, kōtuku, language, lullaby, metaphor, oriori, poetry, responsibility, stories, taonga, te reo Māori, tūpuna, values, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

  • My Poppa.

    My Poppa

    by Nathan Swain, year 3, Puni School; illustration by Leilani Isara

    My Poppa is special to me. We share the same middle name, and it is Murray. I am the third generation to have the name Murray — it is my uncle’s middle name, too. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Topics: ākonga writing, ancestors, family, fishing, grandfather, student writing, tūpuna, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

  • Hidden Talent

    Hidden Talent

    by Maria Samuela 

    Annie is feeling envious of her siblings – they each have a special talent. (Kana is artistic, Juanita can sing, and rugby-playing Jackson has been made props manager for the upcoming talent quest.) The family says their talents must be inherited from their ancestors. Annie doesn’t think she has any special talents. However, on the night of the talent quest, disaster looms when the power supply goes out.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Topics: ancestors, belonging, change, confidence, Cook Islands, culture, family, heritage, history, identity, inheritance, skills, stories, talent, tūpuna, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text