Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

NZ Curriculum areas & Achievement Objectives (AOs)

Level 3–4, The New Zealand Curriculum; Copyright © Crown 2007


Understanding about science – Appreciate that science is a way of explaining the world and that science knowledge changes over time.
Communicating in science – Begin to use a range of scientific symbols, conventions and vocabulary.
Participating and contributing – Explore various issues and make decisions about possible actions.
  • Living world – Explain how living things are suited to their particular habitat and how they respond to environmental changes both natural and human induced.
  • Planet Earth and beyond – Appreciate that water, air, rocks and soil make up our planet and recognise that these are also Earth's resources.
  • Material world – Begin to develop an understanding of the particle nature of matter and use this to explain observed changes.

Social Studies

  • Understand how exploration and innovation create opportunities and challenges for people, places and environments.
  • Understand how people make decisions about access to and use of resources.

Health and Physical Education

  • Safety management – Identify risks and their causes and describe safe practices to manage these.
  • Science and technology – Demonstrate how science, technology and the environment influence the selection and use of equipment in a variety of settings.


Processes and strategies
  • Integrate sources of information, processes, and strategies with developing confidence to identify, form and express ideas.

Listening, reading and viewing

  • Purposes and audiences – Show a developing understanding of how texts are shaped for different purposes and audiences.
  • Ideas – Show a developing understanding of ideas within, across, and beyond texts.
  • Language features – Show a developing understanding of how language features are used within, across, and beyond texts.
  • Structure – Show a developing understanding of text structures.

Speaking, writing and presenting

  • Purposes and audiences – Show a developing understanding of how to shape texts for different purposes and audiences.
  • Ideas – Select from and communicate ideas on a range of topics.
  • Language features – Use language features appropriately, showing a developing understanding of their effects.
  • Structure – Organise texts, using a range of appropriate structures.


  • Nature of technology – Understand how society and environments impact on and are influenced by technology in historical and contemporary contexts and that technological knowledge is validated by successful function.
  • Technological practice –Investigate a context to develop ideas for potential outcomes. Trial and evaluate these against key attributes to select and develop an outcome to address a need or opportunity. Evaluate this outcome against key attributes and how it addresses the need or opportunity.

The Arts

Developing ideas
  • Dance – Select and combine dance elements in response to a variety of stimuli.
  • Visual Arts – Develop and revisit visual ideas in response to a variety of motivations, observations and imagination, supported by the study of artists’ work.

Key competencies

Highlight the competency focus and incorporate learning into teaching. For example, may need to explicitly teach different kinds of:

  • Thinking
  • Using language, symbols and texts
  • Managing self
  • Relating to others
  • Participating and contributing


Highlight the value to focus on:

  • Excellence
  • Innovation, inquiry, and curiosity
  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Community and participation
  • Ecological sustainability
  • Integrity

Skills and strategies to be taught

Depending on student development, highlight and focus on one or two skills & strategies from each column for this study.

Learning to learn Thinking tools Research Tools & presenting
  • Goal setting
  • De Bono hats
  • Questioning skills
  • Use of ICT
  • Organisation and time management
  • PMI
  • Key words
  • Digital camera
  • Tracking and asking for assistance
  • Thinkers keys
  • Identify info
  • Data projector
  • Collaboration and group work
  • Bloom’s taxonomy
  • Search for info
  • Use of software
  • Self and peer evaluation
  • Thinking maps
  • Use in writing
  • MS Word
  • Habits of the mind
  • Internet searching
  • MS PowerPoint
  • Multiple intelligences
  • Using contents
    and  index
  • Layout and design
  • Graphic organisers
  • Fair testing
  • Vocabulary studies
  • Skimming, scanning & reading for detail
  • Listening
  • Taking notes
  • Speaking
  • Making notes
  • Public speaking
  • Sorting Interpreting and organising
  • Discussion
  • Citing references and bibliographies