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Build off student’s knowledge of science and connect with their interests.

Bring science to life and help them see real-world connections and applications.

Organisations and teaching resources

Science Learning Hub

New Zealand resources and short videos for junior primary to senior secondary level.

Search by topics  or by concepts .


Supporting teaching and learning

Royal Society supports science education with programmes for students and teachers.


GNS Learning

Provides lesson plans, posters, interactive games, virtual tours, videos, blog, maps, research, and collections and databases


New Zealand Transport agency teacher resources

Road-safety units for years 1–8, years 9–10, and NCEA Level 1 Physics. Units cover key concepts such as peripheral vision, crash avoidance, mass, and velocity.


Ministry for Primary Industries teacher resources


Te Ao Tūroa

Explores how three connected systems—animal welfare, biosecurity, and food—support New Zealand’s primary industries.

For levels 1–5 of The New Zealand Curriculum and supports many learning areas, such as health and physical education, science, social studies, and technology.

Using SOPI in schools

Resources are linked to Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries (SOPI) reports.

Includes level 4 and 5 science learning activities that have a focus on the kiwifruit industry. Also has a learning activity for using water in a sustainable way.

Provides downloadable PDFs for the following science activities:

  • Kiwi protection through Diversity
  • Going for Gold
  • Wai-Wai Not


Soil, Food & Society: The story of where our food comes from / Te pūrākau o ngā kai

Resources available support The New Zealand Curriculum

Included are three interconnected resources for years 5–8:


Animals & Us

Resources on animal issues for teachers and students in New Zealand Secondary schools. Animals & Us publishes textbooks that prompt reflection on empathy and compassion.

SAFE Education Resource: Issue 4: Animals in Science  

An analysis that critically considers the use of animals in experiments.

Resources suitable for Y11–13.


Literacy and numeracy apt for Science – print resources with online support

Down the Back of the Chair

Ministry of Education print resources designed to suit a range of purposes and learning outcomes.

Order or enquire about print resources.

Connect Series


Connected provides ways for primary students to engage with science, technology, and maths.

Connected Teachers' Support Material (TSM)

Teacher materials with ideas and resources based on Connected articles

Connected articles that include a maths focus on nzmaths.


Applications in Action  

Applications in Action

Find teacher Support material (TSM) via a TKI search. Students Year 9–11 will engage with Applications’ real-life stories.

Applications in action (PDF 3 MB) features:

  • teacher notes
  • suggested activities
  • approaches for instruction.
Bikes Levers Friction and Motion

Building Science Concepts

A series of 64 booklets for levels 1 to 4 of the curriculum. Each booklet is based around a theme and includes science information for teachers supported by a sequenced series of classroom activities.

Building Science Concepts – Conceptual maps

Assessment Resource Banks (ARBs) on NZCER lists the books and links ARBs resources to the “Big Idea” concepts from the books. The resources cover all science strands for levels 2 to 5.


School Journal book covers

Instructional series search

Search for School Journal, Junior Journal, School Journal Story Library, and Ready to Read stories and articles

Materials designed for teaching science, mathematics and technology include Connected (years 3–8) and Applications (years 9–11).


Library resources and tools

National Library teaching and learning resources

Free, online, teaching and learning resources, tools, and guides. Also provides curated curriculum resources, online schoolwork help for students, exemplars and resource guides.

National Library Topic Explorer

Resources on a range of topics. Provides a selected set of national and international resources, including websites, images, audio, videos, and books.


Additional useful sites

Virtual Experiences – Field Trips for Aotearoa Schools

A programme of free, science-related, virtual field trips for years 1–13.


Science at work in the world

Links to further useful sites within this site