Ngaio School

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“A curriculum that has meaning for Ngaio students, connects with their wider lives and engages the support of their families, whanau and community”.

In SCIENCE, this means:

  • That we want students to be ready, willing and able to USE their developing science knowledge and skills. (linked to the “Nature of Science” – thinking and speaking like a scientist)  

  • Science is a vehicle for developing the Key Competencies within the New Zealand Curriculum.


In syndicates teachers plan from a science context that is developmentally appropriate of interest and is connected to Ngaio children and the community. Through these science contexts, teachers develop the science capabilities of the children.  This will look different for children across the syndicates.

Students will use the science capabilities to develop their scientific knowledge and skills to think and speak like a scientist.  These capabilities are introduced at developmentally appropriate stages.  


An Overview of the Science Capabilities:

Gather and Interpret Information:

Learners make careful observations and differentiate between observation and inference.

Finding Patterns and Making Connections:

Learners look for patterns and make connections between their personal experiences and cross-curricular links.

Use Evidence:

Learners support their ideas with evidence and look for evidence supporting others’ explanations.

Critique Evidence:

Not all questions can be answered by science.

Interpret Representations:

Scientists represent their ideas in a variety of ways, including models, graphs, charts, diagrams and written texts.

Engage with science:

The capability requires students to use the other capabilities to engage with science in “real life” contexts