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  • Our November pānui is full of ideas to get students outside for meaningful, hands-on and active learning through observation. Suitable for ECE to middle school.

    Learning through observation, exploration and play

    Observation is an essential part of science and mātauranga Māori. Through observation we collect data, which enables us to make sense of the natural world. Observational skills are central to Te Whāriki and the New Zealand Curriculum. Learners are encouraged to investigate through exploration and play.

    Active, authentic science

    Take advantage of the warm weather to get outside for meaningful, hands-on and active learning through observation. The following activities are simple enough for very young learners and can be scaled up to extend content vocabulary and science concepts for older learners. Use the related content on each page to learn more about the science concepts that underpin the activities.

    Material World – surface tension

    Physical World – light and shadows

    Planet Earth and Beyond – underground

    Living World – above ground

    For other resources that encourage hands-on, active and outdoor learning, check out our learning from home articles for early childhood, lower primary, middle primary and upper primary. The ideas are great for at-home and at-school learning.

    Observation through citizen science

    Observation of the natural world is often a key aspect of both citizen science and online citizen science projects. We have two new case studies:

    Don’t forget that all of our citizen science projects and case studies include wrap-around resources to make planning, teaching and learning easier!

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    Science Learning Hub – Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao

    Published 5 November 2020 Referencing Hub articles
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