Primary Science Week 2024

We have some exciting things planned for this years Primary Science Week! Below you will find our brand new guidance documents as well as the lineup of events available to you this year. Our aim for 2024 is to make teachers aware of the need to check on safety when carrying out any activities in Science classes. As always, if you have any questions, require support or would like more information on a topic – please do not hesitate to reach out.

Safety in Science Documentation

We are pleased to release brand new resources to support all primary teachers with their teaching of Science. These resources serve as a guide and require teacher judgement when planning practical work for your students. A big thank you goes to all those who contributed, reviewed and provided insight to create these resources that have been developed based on the Safety and Science/Pūtaiao Document for New Zealand schools.

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How do I know I am being safe?

Unsure what you need? This diagram could be helpful in deciding whether your planned practical work is safe for your students and what level of documentation you might require.

Science Week Activities 2024

4th April 2024 – Science Learning Hub presents: Fun and safety with primary science

In preparation for Primary Science Week, join the New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators (NZAPSE) and the Science Learning Hub in a session which will support you to bring fun, safe science into your classroom.

Tuesday May 14th – Science Alive! Presents: Ask a Scientist: Live Q&A

Now this is a mullet minute you do not want to miss! Join Celebrity Treasure Islander, athlete, actor, author, comedian and downright awesome scientist Dr Joel Rindelaub and the Science Alive team for a live Q&A for students covering all things science, safety and a bit of Ice Hockey no doubt!

Open to all (aimed at years 4-8)

Primary Science Week Competition!

This years theme approaches the broad spectrum of practical science in the classroom and more specifically – the awareness of safety for all when conducting scientific activities.

Using the brand new Safety in Science documents from NZAPSE – share how you and your students are being safe in Science!

This competition is specifically broad and accessible to all educators across any scientific area they choose. We also encourage you to co-create your entry with your students.

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