Curriculum Support

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House of Science

The House of Science is passionate about inspiring young New Zealanders’ interest in science through tangible learning experiences. We are a charitable trust providing quality science resources to schools and professional learning for teachers to promote positive engagement with science in all its forms.

Teachers, students and the wider community can access our diverse programmes and educational materials including

  • A comprehensive science resource library for primary schools
  • Teacher professional development
  • Annual science conference

The webpage for all details is http://houseofscience.nz/

Twice yearly scholarships for Primary teachers to experience the Nature of Science, develop curriculum understanding and leadership skills. Further information here.

 

Science Award Trust

The Science Awards schemes are designed to promote students’ interest and participation in a series of science activities. There are different activities designed for students from Years 3 to 10, including the much used and enjoyed Science Badges.

Activities can be found at http://sciencebadges.co.nz/

Science Postcards Project

 

 

Science Postcards provide engaging science contexts for children. Each postcard uses a childrens’ fiction text as a framework and context for the science activity. The science activtiy has been developed to support the teaching of the Nature of Science stand of the NZC (2007). Each Science Postcard has supporting teacher notes, a science activity and further ideas and resources.

Science Postcards are FREE and can be found at www.sciencepostcards.com.

 

Science Learning Hub

 

The first place to look for ideas and resources to a wide range of topical New Zealand topics. You can check out the Featured Articles, Trending Topics and Concepts, Trending Articles and Activities and Teacher PLD resources or just search for what your are looking for. You are sure to find something useful.

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/

 

Royal Society of New Zealand and HeadsUp

Look out for articles and resources collated by Jessie McKenzie of the Royal Society, for teachers of Science, Technology and Mathematics.
Go to this page and sign up to receive regular updates through Twitter, facebook or by email. 

 

 

GNS Science

Lesson plans, videos and interactive activities about earthquakes, fossils, ice and snow, volcanoes and the ocean floor. Well worth checking out!

 

CREST

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The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Science Award scheme designed to encourage years 6–13 students to be innovative, creative, and to problem solve in science, technology and environmental studies.

 

LEARNZ Virtual Field Trips

Free video field trips for a range of topics that can be accessed in realtime or explored and used after the field trip is completed.

 

TKI – Te Kete Ipurangi

Science curriculum – has an outline of the goals of the science curriculum and a few resources and digital stories about science in New Zealand schools.
Science community –
Te Pataka Matihiko Digistore – free digital materials.
Does require a login but can be accessed using e-asttle login, or a school login can be obtained through an application process.
Connected Teacher Support Resources – linked to the Connected Journal series.