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Dunedin Chinese Garden (Levels 1–2)

The unit also provides an approach for other Asia-related EOTC that teachers may be looking at developing for their students.

This unit of work encourages students to explore the Dunedin Chinese Garden and discover its significance to the people of Dunedin. Students will use an inquiry approach to develop their understandings.

Approximate duration of unit: 3–6 lessons

Teaching And Learning Chapters

  • Big idea: "Why is the Dunedin Chinese Garden important to me?”
  • Background information about important aspects of The Chinese Garden



Achievement objectives

Key concepts

Conceptual understandings/learning intentions

Students will…

Level 1

Social sciences
Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experiences to:

  • understand how the past is important to people
  • understand how places in New Zealand are significant for individuals and groups.

Cultural expressions

Describe why and when the Chinese came to New Zealand.

Explain the importance of the Chinese Garden at a national and local level.

Level 2

Social sciences

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experiences to:

  • understand how cultural practices reflect and express people’s customs, traditions, and values
  • understand how places influence people and people influence places.




Describe features of the garden and their significance to the Chinese culture.

Explain how the Chinese cultural practices have influenced diversity in New Zealand, and how living in New Zealand has influenced Chinese culture.

Use tools such as graphic organisers to compare New Zealand's culture with Chinese culture.


Key competencies

  • Thinking
  • Using language, symbols, and texts
  • Managing self
  • Relating to others
  • Participating and contributing

Cross-curricular links

  • Visual Arts
  • Drama


Please be aware that, as Wikipedia is a public document, accuracy of information cannot be guaranteed.


  • Dunedin City Council
  • Sara Sinclair, Education Officer, Toitū Otago Settlers Museum
  • Dunedin Chinese Garden

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