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First World War inquiry guides and resource packs for schools.

First World War inquiry guides and resource packs for schools


From November, 2014, First World War inquiry guides (English medium) and resource packs (Māori medium) for teachers of years 1-13 will be available on Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI).   

There is huge interest across generations in the First World War and the Centenary commemorations during 2014-2019 are a great opportunity to engage learners and explore how the events and experiences of the First World War are relevant to today and the future.

The large amount of information on the First World War available will be brought together in the inquiry guides and resource packs so that teachers will be able to quickly and easily develop learning programmes. The Ministry is doing this with the support of the National Library of New Zealand Services to Schools, WW100 Programme Office, Cognition Education, and Core Education.

The first of the inquiry guides and resource packs will be available by November 2014, with more progressively released through to September 2015. We will let you know when they are available via TKI, the Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders, Education Gazette, and the National Library Services to Schools website, newsletter and the Schoollib listserv.

In the meantime, to kick start your inquiry, check out the resources on WW100, NZ History online, and National Library Services to Schools websites:

SunSmart Schools – New curriculum resources


New curriculum resources are available from the SunSmart website. These resources are designed for Levels 1–4 of the New Zealand Curriculum and are cross-curricula, covering numeracy, literacy, health, and science learning. 
Find out more...

International Languages Week


Sunday 17 August to Saturday 23 August. 
This special week provides an opportunity to showcase and promote languages and culture in your school, helping students develop knowledge, skills, and values that equip them for living in a world of diversity. 
This resource page provides a collection of ideas, links, and stories to support your involvement in International Languages Week.

NZ Maths – Rich learning activities


A collection of rich learning activities has been developed to support teachers of year 9 and 10 students. The activities are designed to provide engaging contexts in which to explore the achievement objectives from Level 5 of the NZ Curriculum. The activities themselves do not represent a complete coverage of learning at this level, but provide an opportunity to apply the mathematics learned in previous lessons. 

Cook Islands Language Week / Te 'Epetoma o te Reo Kūki ‘Āirani


Cook Islands Language Week / Te 'Epetoma o te Reo Kūki ‘Āirani takes place this year from 4 August to 10 August. This resource page provides ideas, resources, and inspiration to help you learn and celebrate the Cook Islands languages with your school community.

Maths Week 11–15 August 2014


Maths Week runs from 11–15 August 2014. Maths Week is a national event organised by the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers (NZAMT) to promote mathematics in New Zealand schools. The Maths Week website contains free resources for teachers, along with activities and competitions for students of all ages.
Image sourced from the Maths Week website. 

2015 study awards: Specialist teaching diploma – ASD


Applications for the 2015 study awards are open from 1 June to 8 September 2014. The Autism Spectrum Disorder Study Award supports Ministry of Education, Special Education staff to undertake the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching: Autism Spectrum Disorder offered by Massey University.
For more information including course duration and structure, eligibility criteria, study award provisions and how to apply go to Autism Spectrum Disorder Study Award page on the Ministry's main website.
Go to the Special Education study awards and scholarships page on Ministry's website for details about each of the study awards and scholarships.

2014 General Election


Election day for the 2014 New Zealand General Election is Saturday 20 September.
This resource page has links to ideas and resources to help you plan programmes of learning around this significant event.

Makeover for Both Sides of the Fence


This interactive, curriculum-aligned website from the New Zealand Walking Access Commission has been recently upgraded with new and improved features following a site review and survey of teachers. The latest changes include a new look home page, improved image gallery, curriculum aligned activities, resources, and teaching notes. 

Literacy, English, & ESOL community newsletter – July 2014


The monthly newsletter from the Literacy, English, and ESOL communities aims to keep you up-to-date with items of interest and information to support you in your role.