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Welcome to Science Online

This site is for both primary and secondary teachers of science.

Progress and Achievement in Science

We need a scientifically literate nation to meet current and emerging social, economic and environmental opportunities and challenges. The more we know about science, as individuals and as a society, the more likely we are to be able to respond to the critical issues facing us locally and globally.

We’ve dug deep into the findings and insights from NMSSA to develop a resource to strengthen our understanding of science teaching and learning, with a particular focus on supporting learner progression between years 4 to 8. 

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Resources to support science capabilities education


This section provides resources in three areas of dynamic change possibilities for science education in New Zealand schools in order to develop science capabilities for citizenship as stated in the New Zealand Curriculum.

The Ministry of Education endorsed this work to support the ongoing implementation of the  science learning area of the New Zealand Curriculum . The resources show how to weave the Nature of Science strand and the key competencies into science teaching and learning.


If we want science learning to start from what students know already, we need strategies to find out what they know. We also need to be clear about the big ideas of science that we want our students to understand. And we need to know how to build that understanding.

Here are achievement aims and objectives, assessment tools, and concept maps to help us determine our students' learning needs in science.

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The structure of the science learning area in The New Zealand Curriculum gives us the message that the Nature of Science strand is very important.

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What practical support for teaching science and classroom organisation could help us put our science programmes into practice?

This section looks at teaching strategies and approaches that are aligned to curriculum directions.

Here you can also find reference material such as an English/Māori science dictionary and practical advice about ethics, science equipment and software.

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We can use stories about science to make connections with students' interests and to bring science alive. The resources here provide content, rich stories and teacher support material. They include online materials that support print resources already in schools.

Some of these resources also provide rich materials to support literacy and numeracy programmes.

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The New Zealand Curriculum suggests students need to see the relationship of their science learning to the world around them so they can see its relevance to their lives.There are many organisations that support school science with relevant, accessible material and opportunities to participate in science. These real world contexts can give students opportunities to use their growing knowledge in meaningful ways.

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