Curriculum Links

Junior TALKFEST – Years 7 – 10

Puberty: Let’s Talk About it with the Experts

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NZ Curriculum Level 4-5

Understanding About Science:

  • Understand that scientists investigations are informed by current scientific theories and aim to collect evidence that will be interpreted through processes of logical argument

Communicating in Science:

  • Use a wider range of scientific vocabulary, symbols and conventions; Apply their understandings of science to evaluate both popular and scientific texts (including visual and numerical literacy).

Participating and Contributing:

  • Develop an understanding of socio-scientific issues by gathering relevant scientific information in order to draw evidence-based conclusions and to take action where appropriate

Living World:

  • Level 4: Recognise that there are processes that are common to all living things and that these occur in difference ways
  • Level 5: Describe the basic processes by which genetic information is passed from one generation to the next

Health & Physical Education:

  • Level 4: Describe physical, social, emotional & intellectual processes of growth and relate these of features of adolescent development and effective self-management strategies

Cook Islands Curriculum Level 4-5

Taieni e te Matakeinanga / Science and Society

  • Level 4: Identify and report on the views of a particular group of the community towards a scientific issue; e.g. fishermen, shop owners, WWF, Mangaia Rangers.
  • Level 5: Identify and compare the views of different groups of people about a given scientific issue and how it has promoted or constrained science.

Science: Apinga Natura Ora / Living World

  • Level 4: Discuss patterns of inheritance of genetically controlled characteristics.
  • Level 5: Describe how genetic information is transferred from one generation to the next.

Health and Physical Wellbeing:

  • Level 4: Students will describe the characteristics of pubertal change and discuss positive ways to handle puberty
  • Level 5: Students will describe physical, social, emotional, and intellectual processes of growth and relate these to features of adolescent development and effective self-management strategies

Senior TALKFEST – Years 12/13:

Reproductive Technologies: An issue for our time 

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NZ and Cook Islands Curriculum (Levels 7 – 8)

Understanding About Science:

  • Understand that scientists have an obligation to connect their new ideas to current and historical scientific knowledge and to present their findings for peer review and debate.

Communicating in Science:

  • Use accepted science knowledge, vocabulary, symbols and conventions when evaluating accounts of the natural world and consider the wider implications of the methods of communication and/or representation employed.

Participating and Contributing:

  • Use relevant information to develop a coherent understanding of socio-scientific issues that concern them, to identify possible responses at both personal and societal levels
 

Living World / Apinga Natura Ora:

  • Level 7: Understand that DNA and the environment interact in gene expression
  • Level 7: Explain how the interaction between ecological factors and natural selection leads to genetic changes within populations.
  • Level 8: Understand how humans manipulate the transfer of genetic information from one generation to the next and make informed judgements about the social, ethical and biological implications relating to this manipulation
Additional objective is unique to the Cook Islands Curriculum:

Taieni e te Matakeinanga / Science and Society

  • Develop an awareness and understanding of how science affects society and how society promotes or constrains science.
Links to NCEA Assessment Standards (NZ and Cook Islands)