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Tena Koe

Sing and Learn the Actions!


Tena koe – hello to one.
Tena korua – hello to two.
Tena koutou – hello to all.
Haere mai everyone.
Welcome everyone!




  • Harmony is when two or more notes are sounded together in singing. Get children clap hands when they hear the harmony part of the song.


  • Work with a partner to develop movement ideas relating to “meeting and greeting.”

Social Studies

  • Explore how Maori people greet each other.


  • Sing and read along to the YouTube song to achieve multi-sensory learning “Do it, see it and hear it!”
  • Use different language greetings during roll call.

Print out the song PDF

  • Read the song lyrics – ask children a variety of questions.
  • Re-read the song lyrics and ask children to join in.
  • Recognise and use a variety of punctuation when reading. “ ” ! ? . ,
  • Look at print and conventions (bold, italics).
  • Talk about interesting/challenging words and discuss what they mean.
  • Word study – phonic knowledge, compound words, rhyming word, contractions etc.

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