The annual Primary Science Week provides an opportunity for all New Zealand schools to engage in science learning and the 2021 theme is all about recognising the amazing mahi Kairangahau Māori (researchers) are doing in the field of mātauranga pūtaiao and science.

The challenge

Take this opportunity to learn about a Māori scientist working either in your rohe or in an area of science your class is passionate about. Carry out your own practical work to explore the nature of science and support students to learn about and practise scientific techniques like observation.

An important part of learning about mātauranga pūtaiao involves reaching out to your local community.  Approach your local marae/iwi/mana whenua and ask who the local kaumatua are who may be willing to support. Discuss your plans with a local kaumatua and how you might be able to support them. 

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The Science Learning Hub are running a free online webinar Whakanui pūtaiao. Join us to hear achievable, practical ideas from primary teachers classroom experiences and discover resources to support the growth of mātauranga pūtaiao in your science programme.

For an introduction to mātauranga Māori and science, read this article, and to discover many more resources, explore our mātauranga Māori topic.

You may also be interested in our webinars Opportunities for using te reo Māori and Mātauranga Māori.

To explore different aspects of mātauranga Māori and research utilising science and mātauranga Māori, have a look at our Pinterest curation curation of resources here.

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