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Te Whāriki Early Childhood Curriculum
Science is all around us. Take advantage of science learning for early primary students with the following resources. They require very little equipment – most of it should be in your kitchen or garden. Each topic has wrap-around resources to help with background information for the adults or caregivers. Science for young learners is about discovery, curiosity and observation. Two key outcomes of any activity can simply be enjoyment and the conversations that arise from the experience.
Learning science from home – lower primary
Science is all around us. Take advantage of science learning for early primary students with the following resources. They require very little equipment – most of it should be in your kitchen or garden. Each topic has wrap-around resources to help with background information for the adults or caregivers. Science for young learners is about discovery, curiosity and observation. Two key outcomes of any activity can simply be enjoyment and the conversations that arise from the experience.
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The Kitchen Science Cookbook
Kitchen Science Cookbook - Dr Michelle Dickinson 50 Beautifully Presented Experiments Nanotechnologist & educator Dr Michelle Dickinson has carefully crafted 50 science experiments that you can do at home, exploring all aspects of science. Presented in a beautiful, hardcover recipe book, each recipe includes a clear explanation of the science involved, and guidance on further exploration.
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Learning at home: set up daily routine
Parents are being urged to set up daily routines for their children now that they are stuck at home for at least the next month. A new website Learning from Home launched by the Ministry of Education says parents are not expected to suddenly become teachers. "First and foremost, communicate with your child's teacher. They will have a plan for learning at home – you aren't expected to replace the teacher," it says. But it suggests that parents should "plan what your day will look like...
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from 2 head teachers and a child psychologist. The book answers key questions in simple language... Engagements, Child Psychologist, Axel Scheffler, Children And Family, Children’s Books, Expert, Professor, Childrens Books, Helping Children
Out now: a free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from 2 head teachers and a child psychologist. The book answers key questions in simple language...
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Which duck is which? — STUDENT ACTIVITY
New Zealand is home to a wide variety of water birds, including many species of ducks. Most of these are endemic, but some have been introduced and a few have naturalised here. In this activity, students will use resource materials to identify the features of a variety of New Zealand duck species.
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Mixing and matching ducks — STUDENT ACTIVITY
New Zealand is home to a wide variety of ducks. Different native duck species are adapted to particular habitats in New Zealand and have co-existed by taking advantage of different ecological niches.
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Tātai Aho Rau Core Education blog
Ko koe ki tēna, ko āhau, ki tēnei kiwai o te kete. You take that handle of the kete and I’ll take this one. Teaching and learning is all a bit of a puzzle right now; not a simple child’s one with only one place where each piece fits, but more like a Wasgij puzzles where we can’t see the finished picture and are unsure how long it will take to complete. Thankfully we do have many clues: We can draw on our understanding of how our junior primary ākonga learn,...
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Woolly sock walk
SCHOOL HOLIDAY SCIENCE: Woolly sock walk - See what you can 'pick' up! (Science Learning Hub)
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Young scientists: are you ready to explore?
Are you ready to explore? Become a scientist in your section and discover the world outside your door. Why not share your discoveries and creations, and we'll share them, too #YoungScientists #ScienceInYourSection #Lockdown #LeafArt
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Activities & Resources
Curriculum linked activities and resources for use in the classroom, at your ECE centre, online or when learning from home.
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Watch Darwin & Newts | Full Season | TVNZ OnDemand
Darwin and Newts are a brother and sister duo who love adventures, and figuring out how stuff works! Join them as they explore and discover new things, with the help of science and some Kiwi ingenuity.
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Tuna | taupo4tomorrow
the article is about early childhood education in the outdoorss in aoteaaroa new zealand
Early childhood education in the outdoors in Aotearoa New Zealand — ACADEMIC PAPER 2018
Early childhood care and education services in Aotearoa New Zealand drew initially on the Fröbelian model of the kindergarten or ‘children’s garden’. Later models such as the Kōhanga Reo movement, the highly respected curriculum Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa, and the Enviroschools programme are grounded in te ao Māori, Māori worldviews, that feature a strong connectedness to place, and a deep sense of a spiritual inter-relationship with the land, mountains...
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Teaching and learning activities: Everyday science in the early years
A new research-based series encourages early years educators to take advantage of teaching and learning opportunities in everyday activities to improve young children’s scientific knowledge, skills and understanding. Science in the early years, published by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), includes four free resources that educators can use to develop children’s science inquiry skills and monitor their learning. The step-by-step activities – exploring plants, ...