Saving Our Streams in the New Zealand Curriculum

Saving Our Stream has been designed as a unit to be implemented over a number of weeks with Year 3-6 students (levels 2 – 3). However, each session could work on its own if teachers wish to do a shorter unit or focus on one area only.

There are two main ways the resource could be used …

1. As a Science unit

Nature of Science (Investigating in Science; Participating and contributing)

Living World – Ecology
• Recognise that living things are suited to their particular habitat (L1/2)
• Explain how living things are suited to their particular habitat and how they respond to environmental changes, both natural and human induced (L3)

Living World – Life processes
• Recognise that all living things have certain requirements so they can stay alive (L1/2)
• Recognise there are life processes common to all living things and that these occur in different ways (L3)

Planet Earth & Beyond – Interacting Systems
• Investigate the water cycle and its affect on climate, landforms and life (L3)

2. As an integrated unit across curriculum areas

• Science – (as above)

Social Studies – Understand how people make choices to meet their needs and wants (L2); Understand how cultural practices reflect and express people’s customs, traditions and values (L2); Understand how people view and use places differently (L3); Understand how people make decisions about access to and use of resources (L3); Understand how cultural practices vary but reflect similar purposes (L3)

English – Speaking, Writing and Presenting – Processes and strategies: Select and use sources of information (L2); Integrate sources of information, processes and strategies confidently to identify, form and express ideas (L3); Ideas: Select form and communicate ideas (L2/3); Structure: Organise texts using a range of appropriate structures (L2/3)

Listening, Reading and Viewing – Ideas: Show some understanding (L2); Show an increasing understanding of ideas within, across and beyond texts (L3)

Health – Healthy Communities and Environments – Community resources (L2/3)

The Arts: Drama – Developing Practical knowledge: Use techniques and relevant technologies to explore drama elements and conventions (L2); Investigate the purpose of objects … valued (L3)

Maths – Geometry and Measurement: Position and orientation (mapping (L2/3)

Technological Practice – Planning for Practice: Develop a plan that identifies the key stages and the resources required to complete an outcome (L2); Undertake planning to identify the key stages and resources required to develop an outcome (L3); Brief development: Explain the outcome they are developing and describe the attributes it should have, taking account of the need or opportunity and resources available (L2); Describe the nature of an intended outcome, explaining how it addresses the need or opportunity (L3); Outcome development and evaluation: Evaluate this outcome against the key attributes and how it addresses the need or opportunity

Saving Our Stream supports students through the inquiry process, with the aim of empowering them to take action in their own environment.

Saving Our Stream will assist students with the ongoing development of all the key competencies

Thinking: Using critical and creative processes to make sense of information and experiences and about how human activities impact on the natural world

Using language, symbols and texts: Gaining new understandings of words, symbols and texts used by the people who work around streams (WaiCare, Project Twin Streams, mana whenua, Council); use of equipment and technology used for water testing experiments

Managing self: Managing their own work – setting goals and actions plans; reflecting on their learning throughout the inquiry process

Relating to others: working in groups for many activities; listening with respect to differing values of those in their community; making a positive contribution

Participating and contributing: working in their community and being involved in water sustainability from a range of perspectives; contributing to change

Saving Our Stream will help students to explore a range of values but especially

• community and participation for the common good

• ecological sustainability, which includes care for the environment

• innovation, inquiry and curiosity, by asking students to think creatively and reflectively