Learning about the Treaty of Waitangi

In our first week of school we combined our values of partnership and thinking about how we work best together with learning about the Treaty of Waitangi. Students watched small clips, plotted visuals of key events and people, used thinking keys to discuss issues and viewed a brief powerpoint on the Treaty. This led the students to a request to come up with their own treaty plays, before discussing our own class treaty and the rules we needed within it to allow us to work together in a successful partnership. We ended with thinking about and discussing some deeper thinking questions about the treaty - asking students to think carefully about the treaty, how it could have been dealt with differently, and 'what-if' questions asking the students to think about what would have happened given different circumstances.