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  • The Sounds of the Sea

    In this level 1 unit, written by Julie Cadzow, students are taken on a learning journey through the world of a trumpet shellfish. They consider their strengths, some goals for future learning and some ways to help overcome fear when learning new skills. They use new skills to become a choir, seaweed, sunken ships and trumpet shellfish as they create an underwater sound and movement performance. NB: To access the digital content on Digistore you are required to login as a registered user.

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  • Friedrich Hundertwasser (Dye and Colourflow)

    Rhonda Phynn - Kamo Intermediate.  A Hundertwasser-inspired visual arts unit. Using typical Hundertwasser features, vivid colours and raised paint, students create their own interpretations. This unit allows for the use of Paint for experimentation and GIF Animator for bringing Hundertwasser imagery to life through animation.

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  • Natural and Man Made - David Hockney (Photography)

    This photography unit is by Jean Copeland - Mangere Bridge School. It is based around the work of David Hockney. Students take a series of close-up photos and piece these together to create a scene/single image. The photos are taken digitally and are presented in PowerPoint "flying in" to create the image. Poetry is then used to overlay the photos.

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  • Faces: Self Portrait Block Prints

    Billie Sturgiss - Freemans Bay School A printing unit focused on self-portraits. Students make prints which are then photocopied onto coloured paper, cut and put together again to make Andy Warhol-like pictures. The black and white prints can be scanned and manipulated in Paint and Art Rage to create the similar effects digitally.

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  • Dance Across the Curriculum

    These 3 dance units, written and taught by Julie Cadzow, are specifically designed for the 2007 curriculum level 1, years 2 - 3 students. They each support learning in another curriculum area. The first lessons, Pairs and Prepositions, support literacy and English; the second, The Caterpillar's Day, science; and the third, Moving Maths teaches Mathematics concepts through movement. Video clips of face-to-face and distance learning sessions support the teaching materials. Further video clips of these lessons, taught by video conference, can be viewed in the Student Gallery.

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  • Moving Landscapes

    In this level 2 unit, written by Julie Cadzow, students become part of the scenery for three innovative New Zealand landscapes. Through a variety of learning experiences, the students learn about five New Zealand landscape art works, create dances about the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and their changing local landscape, and consider the concept of citizenship. NB: To access the digital content on Digistore you are required to login as a registered user.

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  • Dancing the Key Competencies

    This versatile dance resource for levels 1-5 of the New Zealand Curriculum (2007), contains ten units of work, each addressing a key competency.

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  • Learning in Action

    This contextually varied drama resource, for levels 1-4 of the New Zealand Curriculum (2007), contains eight units of work that support curriculum implementation through a focus on the structure of planning in process drama.

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  • Voices of Tāwhirimatea

    This level 2/3 music unit, written by Maria Winder, focuses on traditional Māori musical instruments that carry sounds (pūoro) connected to the natural world, for example, earth, sky, wind, rain, rain, plants, and animals. The voices of Tāwhirimatea, the God of winds, are represented by Māori wind instruments such as kōauau, putorino, and nguru. Through a variety of learning experiences, students explore the use of traditional Māori instruments, sing and accompany songs, and create a digital soundtrack using hand-made taonga puoro. Digistore photos are included.

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  • Visual Culture and the New Zealand Curriculum

    This resource contains four units of work in a range of visual arts fields for levels 4 and 5 of the New Zealand Curriculum (2007). Each unit is centred around a different iconic New Zealand digital resource. The units prepare students for NCEA and weave key competencies, values and principles into the programmes of learning and assessment.

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  • Shape, number, pattern: exploring mathematical concepts through dance (Level 2)

    Shape, Number, Pattern: Exploring Mathematical Concepts through Dance | This unit of ten lessons extends students' mathematical investigations through kinaesthetic activities in dance. (level 2)

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  • Sports Dance Unit

    This unit contains twelve sessions designed for students with little prior dance learning experience and can be adapted for higher levels. (level 2)

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  • Environmental Canons

    This unit teaches students to describe what a canon is and present a dance they have choreographed as a group based on the theme of an environmental image (for example, tornado, volcano). (level 4)

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  • Myths and Legends - The Cicada and the Ant (years 1-2)

    This resource helps students explore ideas and movements of the Cicada and the Ant using the elements of dance, books, observations, ultimately creating their own dances and stories to portray the ideas. (levels 1 - 2)

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  • Myths and Legends – Rona and the Moon (years 3–4)

    This resource develops dance and utilises other related curricula tasks to deepen understanding of the legend of Rona and the Moon. ( levels 2 - 3)

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  • Myths and Legends – Maui Snares the Sun (years 5–6)

    Myths and Legends - Maui Snares the Sun | This resource develops dance vocabularies and utilises other related curricula tasks to deepen understanding of the legend of Maui Snares the Sun. (levels 3 - 4)

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  • Kay George Unit Plan: Pattern and Colour

    A painting unit based on the work of artist Kay George. The four-session unit teaches students to create paint-on-paper artworks in response to the fabric artworks of Kay George and using patterns and shapes derived from nature by a variety of cultures from around the world. (level 4)

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  • Maui: A Pacific Super Hero

    An integrated Primary School Arts resource based on super heroes aimed at level 3 of the curriculum. (level 3)

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  • Looking Ahead for Our Native Animals

    These new curriculum (2007) level 3 units, written by Maria Winder and Julie Cadzow, use Digistore resources and focus on the sustainability of threatened native animals in New Zealand. The units enable students to express their knowledge, ideas, and feelings towards the endangerment, extinction, or future survival of New Zealand animals through music and/or dance practices and knowledge bases.

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  • A School-Wide Music Programme Based on a Pentatonic Theme

    This is a collaboratively planned school-wide overview for the arts. The overview is thematically inspired, and ensures sequential, carefully considered skill-building experiences in all four arts area - dance, drama, music, and the visual arts. It focuses on learning to explore the pentatonic scale in composition and performance. (level 2)

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