High Interest Topics

The following High interest topics and their websites have been selected in response to teacher demand and relevance. Websites have been selected according to:

  • Content. Is it easily read, up-to-date, credible, accurate, well organised, and balanced?
  • Origin. Is the website creator a recognised and legitimate government, educational, or commercial institution?
  • Audience. Is content appropriate to audience needs, reading levels and the New Zealand curriculum?


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Countries of the world

We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to the popular curriculum topic, Countries of the World. SCIS 1525208

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Disasters – natural

We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, landslides and tsunamis. SCIS 1702158 

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Healthy living and eating

We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to healthy eating, food, nutrition, food pyramid, fruit, vegetables, and recipes. SCIS 1525133

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Me, myself and I

We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to the popular curriculum topic, Me, Myself and I. SCIS 1525163

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Refugees

We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to refugees. Refugees are people who are forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution or natural disaster. They often end up living in safe countries, including New Zealand. SCIS 1698545

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Rocky shore

We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to the popular curriculum topic, the Rocky Shore. SCIS 1525187

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Summer safety: Including water and sun safety

Summer fun involves safety in the sun and in the water, and so we've gathered some online resources to support your units on this popular topic Summer Safety: Including Water and Sun Safety. SCIS 1525200

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Adaptation Advertising Ancient cultures - Aztecs
Ancient cultures - Egyptians Ancient cultures - Greeks Ancient cultures - Mayans
Ancient cultures - Romans Ancient cultures - Vikings Animal classification
Antarctica - continent, explorers, nature and use Anzac and Anzac Day Apartheid
Biotechnology Brain science: Including thinking skills and learning styles Brazil
Bullying Children’s rights Chinese New Year
Christmas Civil Rights Movement - United States Colonial life in New Zealand
Communication Dinosaurs Disasters - preparedness/Civil Defence
Disasters - man made Disasters - New Zealand Diseases and epidemics
Diwali - Festival of Lights Drugs and sport Earth Science - Earthquakes
Earth Science - Volcanoes Earth Science – Tsunami Easter
Elections New Zealand Electricity Entrepreneurship
Environmental issues: Conservation, waste management and recycling Extreme Weather – cyclones, droughts, storms, tornadoes Fair Trade
Fairy tales (including fractured fairy tales) Famous explorers Famous New Zealanders
Festivals and celebrations Financial literacy Flight
Floating and sinking Forms of writing Fossils
Gallipoli Campaign Global warming Globalisation
Habitats Heating and cooling Heroes and superheroes
Holocaust Human body – five systems Human rights
Immigration to New Zealand - recent and historic Insects and minibeasts Inventors and inventions
Jobs people do in the community Kermadecs Kites
Kiwiana Lifecycles Local Body Elections
Māori art- traditional and contemporary Māori history Māori myths and legends
Māori protocol Margaret Mahy 1936 - 2012 Marine ecology
Matariki Maths Middle Ages
Mining in New Zealand - Coal Mining in New Zealand - Gold and minerals Mining in New Zealand - Oil and gas
Music Myths and legends Nelson Mandela
New Zealand and Samoa in World War One New Zealand and the Olympic Games New Zealand Census
New Zealand communities New Zealand First World War battles New Zealand flora and fauna
New Zealand Governor General New Zealand history New Zealand involvement in war
New Zealand national parks and reserves New Zealand Primary Industry New Zealand protests
New Zealand's 19th-century wars Olympic Games — recent and historic Outdoor education
Pacific Islands - Cook Islands Pacific Islands - Fiji Pacific Islands - Niue
Pacific Islands - Samoa Pacific Islands - Tokelau Pacific Islands - Tonga
Pacific Islands - Tuvalu Pets and farm animals Possum control
Puberty Russian Revolution Safety
Samoan modern history Science projects and science fairs Seasons - Autumn
Seasons - Summer Seasons — Spring Seasons — Winter
Seeds: Growing things Senses Slavery: Historic and modern
Societal health Sound Space
Space exploration Speech and drama Stem cells
Sustainable farming Te reo Māori Teen issues
Toys and games Traditional Māori culture and customs Treaty of Waitangi
Water Wearable Art Weather