Sea and shore
Kai Moana, birds, fish and their life processes, finding and identifying specimens, collect evidence and investigate abiotic factors that affect where something is found.
Conceptual ideas could include: Life processes
Birds, Native freshwater fish, insects, plants and more, lifecycles, habitats, finding and identifying specimens. Impact of changes from farming, forestry and environmental impacts. Find and identify invertebrates.
Conceptual ideas could include: testing ideas sustainability, resources.
Human cultural evolution
Investigate stone tool culture (hands on), fire-making, fibres used for clothing and passing on of knowledge through rock art drawings.
Planet Earth and Beyond
Understand the astronomy of some common constellations. Relate Maori celebration of the new year to astronomical time. The importance of whenua (land), rangi and whetu (sky and stars) for story telling, teaching, learning values, and celebrations.
Conceptual ideas could include: Celebrations
Rocks in the neighbourhood
The rock cycle, basic geology, plate tectonics, and New Zealand's formation, classify specimens into three rock types. Find out about our youngest and oldest rocks. Observe fossils and formations in the field. Find out where our local volcanoes are. What is the contribution of geological material to industry? Field Trip / Museum visit
Conceptual ideas could include: Interacting systems, Earth below