Mā te whakaaro nui e hanga te whare; mā te mātauranga e whakaū.

Big Ideas create the house; knowledge maintains it.

Science is a way of investigating, understanding, and explaining our natural and physical world including the wider universe. In Science we generate and test ideas by making observations, carrying out investigations and modelling, and communicating and debating with others. We do this so we can develop scientific knowledge, understanding, and explanations.

The Nature of Science

Students learn what science is and how scientists work.

The Living World

Students learn about living things and how they interact with each other and the environment.

Planet Earth and Beyond

Students learn about the interconnecting systems and processes of the Earth, the other parts of the solar system, and the universe beyond.

The Physical World

Students learn about a wide range of physical phenomena, united by the concept of energy, which is transformed from one form to another without loss.

The Material World

Students learn about matter and the changes it undergoes.


Science in Year 7 and 8 is a two year program where students will study the nature of science through a range of contexts and experiences including Science Fair, field trips and hands on activities.

Science in Year 9 and 10 is a continuation of the students’ learning in Year 7 and 8, with a focus on building their skills and science understanding in preparation for senior sciences. A variety of learning opportunities are provided including Science Fair, field trips and hands on activities.

Level 1 science

Level 1 Science focuses on students understanding and investigating the living, physical, material, geological, astronomical, and technological components of their environment. It helps students clarify ideas, to ask questions, to test explanations through measurement and observation, and to use their findings to establish the worth of an idea. The Level 1 course is assessed using NCEA Achievement Standards and will give pathways to the Level 2 and 3 Science courses.


Agricultural Science in Levels 1, 2 and 3 focuses on developing student knowledge and understanding of New Zealand’s primary agricultural industries. Providing hands-on opportunities to investigate farming management practices and the Science behind “best practice” and the marketing of primary products.


Biology in Levels 2 and 3 focuses on the students’ understanding of, and investigation of, the Living World. It covers aspects of ecology, cell biology, and the use of microscopes. Biology involves extended practical experiments and field trips to local environments.


Chemistry in Levels 2 & 3 focuses on students investigating and describing the production, properties and uses of groups of related substances and the ways they interact with people and the environment.


Earth and Space Sciences in Levels 2 and 3 focuses on students studying extreme geological events like volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis in New Zealand. The program also covers the life cycle of stars, and the creation of a solar system.


Physics in Levels 2 & 3 focuses on students understanding and investigating physical components of their environment. This includes a selection from mechanics, electricity, atomic physics and waves. Students will be provided with opportunities to develop scientific skills and to extend and develop their existing ideas about Physics.

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