Primary CREST:NIWA Ocean Investigations


Welcome to the NIWA Crest Investigations.

These activities are designed to help teachers feel more confident teaching science and to provide opportunities for children to:

  • explore scientific concepts with hands on activities,
  • discuss their scientific ideas
  • predict, observe and explain what they are doing

The teacher notes provide all the information needed including:

  • background science knowledge
  • curriculum links
  • learning intentions
  • other resources
  • equipment needed
  • clear instructions for what to do
  • ideas for next steps or further investigations



Ocean Currents


Acids and Bases


Water Cycle

Global Warming

Teachers may also wish to use the fully prepared Oceans Integrated Unit Plan (PDF, 3.5 MB).