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This unit of work is part of Science | Putaiao @ Te Papa. Over two weeks, students will embark on a journey of discovery about how and why animals fly and the reasons why humans fly.

Below you’ll find some general information, including how the unit fits within the New Zealand Curriculum.

The section ‘Suggested learning experiences’ links you through to eleven lessons, which make up the body of the unit.

Suitability

Years 3-6
Achievement levels 2-4

Length of unit

Two weeks

Curriculum area

Science

Nature of Science –

Understanding about science
Communicating in science

Living World –

Level 1 and 2

Students will:

Life processes

  • Recognise that all living things have certain requirements so they can stay alive.

Ecology

  • Recognise that living things are suited to their particular environment.

Evolution

  • Recognise that there are lots of different living things in the world and that they can be grouped in different ways.

Level 3

Students will:

Life processes

  • Recognise that there are life processes common to all living things and that these occur in different ways.

Ecology

  • Explain how living things are suited to their particular habitat and how they respond to environmental changes, both natural and human-induced.

Evolution

  • Begin to group plants, animals, and other living things into science based classifications.

Level 4

Students will:

Life processes

  • Recognise that there are life processes common to all living things and that these occur in different ways.

Ecology

  • Explain how living things are suited to their particular habitat and how they respond to environmental changes, both natural and human-induced.

Evolution

  • Begin to group plants, animals, and other living things into science based classifications.

Physical World –

Level 1 and 2

Students will:

Physical inquiry and physics concepts

  • Explore everyday examples of physical phenomena, such as movement, forces, electricity and magnetism, light, sound, waves, and heat.
  • Seek and describe simple patterns in physical phenomena.

Level 3 and 4

Students will:

Physical inquiry and physics concepts

  • Explore everyday examples of physical phenomena, such as movement, forces, electricity and magnetism, light, sound, waves, and heat.

Links to other curriculum

  • Technology
  • Social Studies
  • The Arts
  • English

Programme overview

This programme offers students an opportunity to explore the wonderful world of flight both in the natural environment and in the human world. Students will embark on a journey of discovery about how and why animals fly, and the reason why humans fly.

Post or pre-visit activities

Check out these websites for ideas about activities you can do with your class before or after your visit to Te Papa. They will aid in learning about this fantastic subject!

http://nzbirds.com/birds/maorikites.html
Stories and activities based on manu tukutuku (Māori birdman kites) and how kites fly.

http://www.tki.org.nz/r/wick_ed/themes/flight.php

SUGGESTED LEARNING EXPERIENCES