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Learning to manage this chemical reaction

What actually is fire? How does it start? How and why does it behave in different ways? How can we prevent it from starting or reduce its destructiveness?

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Finding your way around

There are several different ways to discover the site's resources and their related content, along with ideas for grouping them for teaching opportunities:

  • The collections contain groups of related resources about Fire.
  • The Connections tool is a visual interactive pathway to discovering the resources and related content for Fire.
  • The printable context overview will assist teachers to find pathways through this context and to plan lessons and units of work.

Collections | Connections | Context overview (PDF 68 kB)


    What is fire?

    Fire is the visible effect of the process of combustion – a special type of chemical reaction. For this to happen, there must be fuel, oxygen and heat.

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    Fire behaviour

    Different fires behave differently. Many different variables are involved including fuel type, oxygen concentration and the weather – even the shape of the land has an effect.

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    Detecting fire

    We need to be able to detect a fire so that we can stop it or get out in time. Often we are good detectors, but sometimes we need help.

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    Dr Mike Spearpoint

    Dr Mike Spearpoint from the University of Canterbury teaches and researches fire engineering.

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Rural fire risk

An interactive on rural fire risk – environmental components.


NZ Research

NZ Research collection.
NZ Research collection. This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to Fire....

Science Ideas and Concepts

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.
Science Ideas and Concepts collection. Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking Closer

Looking Closer collection.
Looking Closer collection.
This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about Fire, which supports the resources in the other collections....


People collection.
People collection. This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in Fire. Click on a name to find out more about...

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.
Teaching and Learning Approaches collection. Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Fire.


Timeline collection.
Timeline collection. An interactive look at some of the historical aspects of Fire.

Question Bank

Question Bank collection.
Question Bank collection. An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about Fire and...

Key Terms

Key Terms collection.
Key Terms collection. Ten key terms that should be understood for this context.

Sci Media

Sci Media collection.
Sci Media collection. This collection is where you can find all the images, video clips and the interactive that relate to Fire.

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