Programme Information

  • Topics
    8
  • Weekly
    1-4+ hours
  • Year Groups
    1-2, 3-5, 6-8

Programme Summary

If you liked what we produced in 2019 then great news… 2020 is set to be even better! Join us for an 8 week environmental adventure to Antarctica where you’ll learn all about Climate Change, and how that's relevant here in Aotearoa-NZ. We've developed a new online platform thanks to our recent crowd-funding campaign - you'll receive curriculum-linked lesson plans focused on Antarctica, Climate Change causes and solutions, engaging videos to watch, compete for prizes, complete fun call-to-actions and join a collective movement of 1000's of young kiwis eager to create a bright future.

Key Competencies

  • Thinking
  • Relating to others
  • Participating and contributing

Principles

  • Learning to learn
  • Community Engagement
  • Future Focus

Values:

  • Ecological Sustainability
  • Respect
  • Inquiry and curiousity
  • Community and participation

Topics

Frequently Asked Questions

If your question isn't answered below, please email us at info@squawksquad.co.nz

What/where are the "Extra resources"?

For each topic, we have split the 'recommended lesson plans' into three age groups - lower (Yr 1-2), mid (Yr 3-5) and upper (Yr 6-8). These lesson plans are hand-crafted/selected by Squawk Squad as we think they are the best lesson plan that you could follow to achieve the best learning outcomes. They are also aimed to keep the in-class learning time to max 60-90mins in order to fit into your busy classroom schedule!

However, we have also provided a bunch of awesome extra resources for each topic, that you can also access and use within your classroom. NB - the 'Extra Resources' documents are not split into the various year levels, but instead are simply bunched together for you to review and decide what's appropriate for your classroom to use. Access these extra lesson plans via the "Extra Resources" buttons on each topic.

For additional lesson ideas, also feel free to check out the other year levels 'recommend lesson plans' too - as not all of these have been copied across in the "Extra Resources".

Finally, if you find some more cool lesson ideas/websites etc, please let us know/add them to the shared Google Drive folder that's been set up for this purpose! (That way other teachers can enjoy what you've found too)

Are the webinars recorded?

Yes, all webinars are recorded and uploaded to the webinar page that you can access from your dashboard or via the link below.

Past Webinars

Are there any Te Reo links or resources available?

UPDATE 04 August - yes! We're extremely very grateful to Hinga Smith and Matetu Herewini for contributing Mātauranga Māori lesson resources to the various topics. See Topic 2's resources for an idea on what these will look like, and we'll be updating the later topics over the coming weeks. These resources are aimed at English-medium schools, to encourage teachers to have confidence in incorporating Te Ao Māori into their schooling. If you do wish to use these, please spend some time reviewing them prior to class, as some are set at a standard that may be too hard for younger classrooms. (We've done our best with the limited resources/time we could put into preparing these for you -hopefully they give you some ideas and motivation!)

Background:
Earlier this year we ran hui with teachers nationwide to find out what some of their greatest needs were, and one of the biggest themes that came back to us was the desire for teachers to better understand and incorporate Te Ao Māori/Mātauranga Māori into environmental education (and thus within Squawk Squad). Through internal desire, and off the back of these hui, we intend in our future state to co-design our programmes with iwi from the start - to ensure they are fully centered around Te Ao Māori/Mātauranga Māori - this is a journey we're excited to take. For Term 3 2020 we're very grateful to have had input from Hinga Smith and Matetu Herewini who have helped to put together a variety of resources focused on Mātauranga Māori that are relevant to the programme - this is the first step towards the future vision of centering our mahi around Te Ao Māori.

Headline Partners
Online and nationwide thanks to
Antarctic expedition made possible thanks to
Inspired in collaboration with
Supporting Partners

Weekly Highlights

Checkout Our Collective Impact

Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Kahikatea
Year:
3
Hunua School
Kahikatea
Year:
3
Hunua School
Topic 5: Tricky Transport (and Emissions)
Te Whare Ako
Year:
9
Mana College
Te Whare Ako
Year:
9
Mana College
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Kiwi Room 4
Year:
3
Korokoro School
Kiwi Room 4
Year:
3
Korokoro School
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Room 13
Year:
8
St Brigids School
Room 13
Year:
8
St Brigids School
Topic 7: Food for Thought...
Homeschool
Year:
1
Other
Homeschool
Year:
1
Other
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Ruma Tekau
Year:
5
Maungaraki School
Ruma Tekau
Year:
5
Maungaraki School
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Room 9
Year:
2
Knighton Normal School
Room 9
Year:
2
Knighton Normal School
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Room 2
Year:
4
St Teresa's School
Room 2
Year:
4
St Teresa's School
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Homeschool
Year:
1
Other
Homeschool
Year:
1
Other
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Room 2
Year:
6
Whitney Street School
Room 2
Year:
6
Whitney Street School
Topic 3: Introduction to Climate Change
Room 18
Year:
5
Whangarei School
Room 18
Year:
5
Whangarei School
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Room 14
Year:
6
Cockle Bay School
Room 14
Year:
6
Cockle Bay School
Topic 5: Tricky Transport (and Emissions)
Homeschool
Year:
1
Other
Homeschool
Year:
1
Other
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Room 6
Year:
4
Owhata School
Room 6
Year:
4
Owhata School
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Rata
Year:
2
St Leonard's School
Rata
Year:
2
St Leonard's School
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Room 1+2
Year:
7
Napier Intermediate
Room 1+2
Year:
7
Napier Intermediate
Topic 3: Introduction to Climate Change
Room 4
Year:
4
Balaclava School
Room 4
Year:
4
Balaclava School
Topic 3: Introduction to Climate Change
Room 16
Year:
Dawson School
Room 16
Year:
Dawson School
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Room 3
Year:
4
Te Rerenga School
Room 3
Year:
4
Te Rerenga School
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Senior studio
Year:
7
Marotiri School
Senior studio
Year:
7
Marotiri School
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
He Kākano
Year:
1
He Kākano
Year:
1
Topic 5: Tricky Transport (and Emissions)
Room 11
Year:
6
Maungaraki School
Room 11
Year:
6
Maungaraki School
Topic 5: Tricky Transport (and Emissions)
Room 2
Year:
4
St Teresa's School
Room 2
Year:
4
St Teresa's School
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Kahu Class
Year:
6
Colville School
Kahu Class
Year:
6
Colville School
Topic 5: Tricky Transport (and Emissions)
Room 6
Year:
4
Owhata School
Room 6
Year:
4
Owhata School
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Ruma Tekau
Year:
5
Maungaraki School
Ruma Tekau
Year:
5
Maungaraki School
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Room 5
Year:
4
Korokoro School
Room 5
Year:
4
Korokoro School
Topic 3: Introduction to Climate Change
Room 4
Year:
3
Owhata School
Room 4
Year:
3
Owhata School
Topic 5: Tricky Transport (and Emissions)
Rata
Year:
2
St Leonard's School
Rata
Year:
2
St Leonard's School
Topic 5: Tricky Transport (and Emissions)
He Kākano
Year:
1
He Kākano
Year:
1
Topic 4: Brilliant Biodiversity!
Homeschool
Year:
1
Other
Homeschool
Year:
1
Other
Topic 6: Tree-mendous Trees (and Reforestation)
Room 8
Year:
5
St Mary's School
Room 8
Year:
5
St Mary's School
Topic 3: Introduction to Climate Change
Room 6
Year:
4
Owhata School
Room 6
Year:
4
Owhata School
Topic 3: Introduction to Climate Change
Homeschool
Year:
1
Other
Homeschool
Year:
1
Other
Topic 3: Introduction to Climate Change
Room 8
Year:
5
St Mary's School
Room 8
Year:
5
St Mary's School
Topic 2: Spirit of Exploration!
Year:
Year:
Topic 1: Introduction to Antarctica
Homeschool
Year:
1
Other
Homeschool
Year:
1
Other
Topic 1: Introduction to Antarctica
Room 4
Year:
3
Owhata School
Room 4
Year:
3
Owhata School
Topic 3: Introduction to Climate Change
Mahoe
Year:
4
Hunua School
Mahoe
Year:
4
Hunua School
Topic 1: Introduction to Antarctica
Room 6
Year:
4
Owhata School
Room 6
Year:
4
Owhata School
Topic 1: Introduction to Antarctica
Room 2
Year:
2
Redwood School
Room 2
Year:
2
Redwood School
Topic 2: Spirit of Exploration!
Homeschool
Year:
1
Other
Homeschool
Year:
1
Other
Topic 3: Introduction to Climate Change
Room 9
Year:
5
Maungaraki School
Room 9
Year:
5
Maungaraki School
Topic 1: Introduction to Antarctica
He Kākano
Year:
1
He Kākano
Year:
1