Primary School Resources

The science learning area in the NZ curriculum promotes the idea of developing citizenship capabilities. Students (citizens) need to be ready, willing and able to use their science knowledge. Five basic capabilities that could contribute to a functional knowledge of science have been identified from Nature of Science (NOS) research. Students participating in the Marine Metre Squared project ail have the opportunity to experience all five of the Science capabilities to varying degrees based on their year level. We have produced resources to help you link Mm2 to your curriculum.

Resources to Use in the Classroom (Post-trip)

Curriculum Links

Introducing five science capabilities
Science Capability 1: Gather and interpret data
Science Capability 2: Use evidence

This resource is under development. Ideas and resources welcome! Email Sally Carson.


Science Capability 3: Critiquing evidence
Science Capability 4: Interpret representations
Science Capability 5: Engage with Science

This resource is under development. Ideas and resources welcome! Email Sally Carson.


Additional Curriculum Resources

Marine Webcams 

Check out these live cams as a pre shore visit activity

Wharf Cam
Check out what the weather is like out at Portobello!

Seahorse Cam
Are the seahorses feeding today?

Touchpool Cam
How many triplefins can you see in the touchpool?

Science Skills for Mm2 Programme

A programme for Primary students: Inspire your class to think like scientists and engage them in real life science. This is a hands-on session run by our Marine Educators, in your classroom. The aim is to develop the skills your pupils will need for fieldwork, before they get there.

The session will introduce scientific language, appropriate equipment to gather relevant and reliable data cooperative team work, safe and ethical practices for surveying and sampling in a coastal environment, observation and identification skills, measurement and recording data.

The skills gained will be useful for any scientific field study, but are designed with our seashore monitoring project, Marine Metre Squared (Mm2) in mind. This short session is great preparation for a seashore field trip.

Contact the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre Primary Educator for further details.

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