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World War One (causes and impacts)

Senior Primary (Years 5 - 8)

World War One was a major war fought between 1914 and 1918 which caused widespread destruction. More than 20 million people lost their lives. It has also bee...

Entry last updated: 26/05/22
World War Two (causes and impacts)

Senior Primary (Years 5 - 8)

World War II started in 1939 when many countries, including New Zealand, declared war on Germany when it attacked Poland. The rise of Fascism and Hitler's ne...

Entry last updated: 26/05/22
Earthquakes (junior)

Junior Primary (Years 1 - 4)

An earthquake is when the ground shakes. Earthquakes are caused when parts of the earth called plates move against each other. An earthquake is a type of nat...

Entry last updated: 18/08/23
Polio epidemic

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a highly contagious infection caused by a virus, called the poliovirus. Complications from polio depend on which part of the bod...

Entry last updated: 27/05/22
Animal pests (New Zealand)

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

An animal becomes a pest if it begins to cause considerable economic or environmental damage. Animal pests such as stoats, possums, deer, cats and mice were ...

Entry last updated: 25/05/22
Floods

Senior Primary (Years 5 - 8)

Floods happen when large amounts of water from rivers, oceans, seas and lakes overflow onto land. This can result in the loss of lives, and the destruction o...

Entry last updated: 13/12/23
Vietnam War

Senior Secondary (Years 11 - 13)

The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, was fought between the United States of America (USA) and the Communist forces in Vietnam. The war b...

Entry last updated: 4/10/23
Canterbury earthquakes 2010-2011

Senior Secondary (Years 11 - 13)

At 4:35 am on 4 September 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale shook Christchurch west, in the Canterbury region causing damage to houses a...

Entry last updated: 10/01/23
Tsunamis

Senior Primary (Years 5 - 8)

Tsunamis are destructive surges of water or waves in a sea, or large lake. They are caused by a significant movement on the sea bed, from an earthquake, a vo...

Entry last updated: 12/10/23
Sun safety

Junior Primary (Years 1 - 4)

Keeping safe in the sun is really important in New Zealand. The New Zealand sun can have high levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV radiation, although in...

Entry last updated: 28/03/24