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Resources that support you to plan your classroom programme. All resources are based on The NZ Curriculum.

Building science concepts

Building science concepts  is 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.

The booklets were sent to all schools from 2001–2004.

Each online resource lists: concept overview, links with other titles in the series, related Assessment Resource Bank (ARB) tasks to assess the big ideas in each activity.

Nature of science teaching activities

Nature of science teaching activities consists of 37 classroom teaching activities for curriculum levels 1-7.

  • Activities can be sorted by: curriculum level, contextual strand, nature of science, topic, and activity name.
  • Each activity lists: what you need, activity focus, exploration tasks, reflection tasks, and activity resources. 

Science capability teaching resources

Science capability teaching resources – Search through 74 teaching resources from the Assessment Resource Banks (ARBs), Connected Series, Building Science Concepts series.

  • Resources can be filtered by: capability, nature of science achievement aim, contextual strand, level, and keyword.
  • Supporting information for developing the five science capabilities is included with each resource.

Enriching Local Curriculum resources

Enriching Local Curriculum (ELC) resources  lists contractors across New Zealand who provide hands-on and interactive science learning experiences for students.

NZ organisations teaching resources

Science Learning Hub

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

Search by topics  or by concepts .

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Science Outreach

The University of Canterbury science outreach programme contains:

  • learning resources for all levels of the curriculum
  • outreach events  including careers events, professional development workshops for teachers, hands-on interactive workshops for students
  • school visits  with expert speakers for schools in Canterbury

Royal Society | Supporting teaching and learning

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

GNS Learning

Information on a range of science topics lesson plans, interactive games, videos, virtual tours, maps, research, and collections and databases.

NZ Transport agency teacher resources

  • Science in motion  – Classroom activities for years 1-10 supporting learners to engage with the big ideas of science. Topics include: gravity and friction, forces and energy, designing for safety.
  • Science resources
    • Unit for years 9–10 covering level 5 Physical world – force and motion in the context of road safety and stopping.
    • NCEA Level 1 Physics internal assessment for Achievement Standard 90936: Demonstrate understanding of the physics of an application.

Ministry for Primary Industries teacher resources

Te Ao Tūroa

For levels 1–5 of The New Zealand Curriculum, these resources support science, health and physical education, social studies, and technology. They explore how three connected systems – animal welfare, biosecurity, and food – support New Zealand’s primary industries. 

Using SOPI in schools

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

Level 4 and 5 science learning activities that have a focus on the kiwifruit industry. Downloadable PDFs for the following science activities:

  • Kiwi protection through diversity
  • Going for gold
  • Wai-wai not

Animals & Us

Resources on animal issues for teachers and students in New Zealand secondary schools, which prompt reflection on empathy and compassion. Resources are for use within the NCEA framework for Y11–13.

Literacy resources integrated with science

Connect Series

Literacy Online | Instruction series – Connected series

The Connected series promotes scientific, technological, and mathematical literacy. The texts are aligned to curriculum levels 2, 3 and 4 for students in years 4–8. Teacher support materials are available as downloadable PDFs and MS Word documents.

Instructional series search

Search through the School Journals, Junior Journals, School Journal Story Library, and Ready to Read stories and articles for science related articles and stories.

Applications in action  (PDF 3 MB)

Students in Years 9–11 will engage with Applications’ real-life stories.

These titles are no longer in print, but copies may be still available in your school.

National Library resources

National Library | Teaching and learning resources

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

National Library | Topic explorer

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


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