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Learning in lockdown!

Times are challenging at the moment – especially for teachers, students and parents! The Science Learning Hub team has been working hard to create fantastic resources that support learning at home and a series of grab and go resources specifically designed for integrated teaching and learning.
We hope you find these resources engaging, supportive and effective while you navigate teaching and learning in an online environment.
This is one of our biggest jam-packed newsletters – please scroll down and discover what is on offer.

Learning from home – ideas and resource links

These are a curation of easy to access resources with, tips and ideas to support learning science from home.   

Grab and go resources

These are worksheet-based resources in Word – edit them to suit your students. They cover literacy, maths and science. Look out for more coming soon.
Birds in my backyard and Tired muscles are based on Connected articles, which are available online through TKI.
The two below feature Dr Hoare, one of New Zealand’s leading entomologists, and also provide support material for TV episodes:  

Viruses, COVID-19 and our immune system

Home Learning TV – additional resources

Are your students watching Home Learning TV (SKY channel 502, Freeview channel 7 and TV 2+1) as part of your teaching and learning programme? Shawn Cooper is presenting the science and some integrated science and maths episodes. The scripts, content and resources used have been written by the Hub team. We have also made collections linking the resources mentioned in the episodes, along with additional support for you.
Below are the episodes currently featured on TVNZ OnDemand. Keep checking the article Support for distance learning for additional episodes as they are added to TVNZ OnDemand. Future episodes will cover some great topics like moths, Antarctica, forces, flight and much more.  

Free online PLD

Join Greta Dromgool and the New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators (NZAPSE) as we explore fun ways you can learn about sound in a free online webinar Sounds of Aotearoa. With simple activities using equipment that is easy to source, we will demonstrate how to engage students in discovering science ideas behind sound.
  • Date: Thursday 7 May
  • Time: 4:00–4:45 pm
  • Register here.

Sound is a fantastic topic to engage students with science. There are lots of testable ideas for students to explore both in the classroom and at home.
This year's Primary Science Week Sounds of Aotearoa runs from the 11–15 May. Check out the NZAPSE website and get prepared for hands-on learning with our free webinar.

Last, a message from the team

The Hub team has been putting together short video messages of encouragement and inspiration for teachers and parents – kia kaha, hang in there!  
Remember, we are here to help in any way we can, and we hope you find the resources outlined in this newsletter useful while we navigate this very different way of working.

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