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Kaua e rangiruatia te hāpai o te hoe; e kore tō tātou waka e ū ki uta

"Tafoe", School Journal, level 2, November 2018

11 November 2018

The first two pages of the article

A group of Tokelau adults and children meet in Wellington every Sunday to pass on cultural knowledge. Recently, artist and master carver Paulino Tuwhala guided the group through the task of carving foe (paddles), which they used to perform a tafoe (dance).

You can find the story and the teaching notes here: Tafoe, School Journal, level 2, November 2018

Other useful resources

“Painted hoe”, School Journal, level 2, June 2018

This journal article is about the first peaceful meetings between Māori and Europeans which took place in 1769, when James Cook landed in the Tairāwhiti region. During those meetings, Māori traded a number of painted hoe (paddles) for cloth, seeds, potatoes, and other items.

The 10 Best Canoe Paddles Reviewed for 2018

This article explores different types of paddles and the materials they are made from.

Year 1–2 technologists design for a purpose  

In this video clip the students in years 1 and 2 look at hats and learn about how technologists design for a purpose.

Discussion questions

These could include:

  • What are the physical attributes of the hoe and other paddles? (for example, size, shape, colour, texture, smell)
  • What are the functional (what it does) attributes of the hoe and other paddles?
  • Who might use a hoe and other paddles? What is the purpose of the different paddles?
  • What is the relationship between the physical and functional nature of the hoe and other paddles?
  • What can you see around you that is and is not a technological product? (for example, the sky is not designed by a technologist for a purpose, it is part of the natural world)

Progress outcomes for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technological outcomes
  • identify technological outcomes in a group of technological and non-technological objects and systems
  • identify who might use particular technological outcomes
  • identify the physical attributes of technological outcomes
  • identify the functional attributes of technological outcomes.
Characteristics of technological outcomes
  • describe what technological outcomes are and explain how they are different to natural objects and other things created by people
  • identify a technological product and describe relationships between the physical and functional attributes.

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