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Flames up close.


Learning to manage this chemical reaction

What actually is fire? How does it start? How and why does it behave in different ways? How can we prevent it from starting or reduce its destructiveness?

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Finding your way around

There are several different ways to discover the site's resources and their related content, along with ideas for grouping them for teaching opportunities:

  • The collections contain groups of related resources about Fire.
  • The printable context overview will assist teachers to find pathways through this context and to plan lessons and units of work.
NZ Research collection.

NZ Research

This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to Fire....

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.

Science Ideas and Concepts

Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking Closer collection.

Looking Closer

This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about Fire, which supports the resources in the other collections.

People collection.


This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in Fire. Click on a name to find out more about...

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Fire.

Question Bank collection.

Question Bank

An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about Fire and...

Key Terms collection.

Key Terms

Ten key terms that should be understood for this context.

Sci Media collection.

Sci Media

This collection is where you can find all the images, video clips and the interactive that relate to Fire.