Science offers students the opportunity to develop the skills to explore and question the world they inhabit. It is about asking a question, gathering evidence and using it to answer the question. It challenges students to think critically and supports their capability to make informed decisions. Applying science investigation as a tool within students integrated inquiries can deepen the experience and provide engaging rich learning experiences.
Blend offers schools and teachers assistance in developing their local curriculum with a clear focus on fostering students' scientific literacy. We can provide strategic planning and workshops as well as being able to working closely with with teachers and teams to bring science into the classroom. Contact us to support you with your application for MOE Regionally Allocated PLD.
NATURE OF SCIENCE
The New Zealand Curriculum recognises the value of developing scientifically literate learners. Through the Nature of Science strand, students learn what science is and how scientists work. The Living, Material and Physical world strands, together with Planet Earth and Beyond provide meaningful contexts for developing students scientific understanding. Using links to mātauranga Māori can provide further depth to a schools local curriculum.
By developing teachers understanding of how to deliver Nature of Science and the science capabilities, students are able to access opportunities through a local curriculum specific to their community.
STEM projects can be used to explicitly link skills from multiple areas of the curriculum in authentic contexts.
CREATE CRITICAL THINKERS
Children naturally question their world. Key aspects of the NZC require students to develop skills to investigate their world, make meaning of it and use their understanding. We empower teachers in using Nature of Science effectively to help grow students science capabilities.
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