Science - Year 11+

Living World

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

Forest ecosystem

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.

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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