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Ministry of Education.

Social and cultural practices

Kapa Haka. Each student’s personal journey to becoming a reader and writer is affected by the social and cultural experiences that the student brings to the classroom.

The literacy-related experiences of the children in new entrant classrooms are likely to be very diverse. Some may come to school already able to read. Some may have rich experiences of oral language but little experience with books. Some may be learning English as an additional language.

There is likely to be wide variation in the children's early childhood education experiences. For some, starting school may mean a change in the main language of instruction.

All children arrive at school bringing expertise in the language and literacy practices of their cultures and social groups. The teacher’s task is to identify this expertise and help the child build on it, regardless of whether this expertise reflects that recognised by conventional schooling. Sharing different kinds of expertise and different perspectives benefits all the learners in the class, including the teacher. Classrooms where learning flourishes reflect and celebrate the cultures and experiences of all the children.

Updated on: 20 Nov 2014