2019 Topic List

Extra! contains 16 pages of great content for your pupils, the 2019 topics are outlined below:

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CITIZENSHIP Issue: Human Rights and Responsibilities

February, 19: Social Sciences - Identity, Culture and Organisation

Citzenship means different things to different people. In this issue we touch on issues of citizenship and belonging can show the best qualities of being a human being. We also look at human rights and responsibilities; what are they and whose job is it to protect them?

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Earth Issue: Volcanoes

March 12: Social Sciences - Place and Environment (Science - Planet Earth and Beyond)

New Zealand has a lot of active volcanoes and a high frequency of eruptions. There are three major types of volcano in New Zealand, caldera, volcanic fields and cone volcanoes. We look at what volcanoes are, how they are formed, where they are in New Zealand and what to do in case of an eruption.

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War Issue: ANZAC Special Edition

March 26: Social Sciences- Continuity and Change.

Every day as a result of conflict, thousands of civilians are killed or injured. The Second World War was a watershed when civilian victims were as numerous as combatants. In this issue we look at wars past and present, across the world. Along with focusing on our ANZAC remembrance we also look at how wars start, where they took place and where to from here.

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Money Issue: Financial Literacy

April 30: Social Sciences - The Economic World

Financial Literacy is the possession of the set of skills and knowledge that allows an individual to make informed and effective decisions with all of their financial resources. In an all consuming world, preparing ourselves to make more informed decisions around money can only be beneficial. In this issue, we break down all of the fundamentals of finance and look at, What is basic financial literacy? Why it is important for us to be financially literate? Also, how to improve your financial literacy.

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Magical Issue: Spotlight on JK Rowling

May 21: Social Sciences - Identity, Culture and Organisation

There is magic everywhere, from mundane objects that become portkeys, to the Dark Lord’s Horcruxes.” (Pottermore.com.)

What do we really know about JK Rowling? The magical journey begins on a train from Manchester to London, when J. K. Rowling begins writing down thoughts, of a boy wizard named Harry Potter. Upon arriving in London, she began immediately writing the first book in the saga. Rowling’s own life is a rags-to-riches story and is compelling as the world of Hogwarts, that she created. We look at Rowling’s life and love of literature and she created a modern classic.

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Space Issue: 50 -year Anniversary of the moon landing

June 18: Social Sciences - Continuity and Change (Science - Planet Earth and Beyond).

“That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong, astronaut and first man on the moon.

July 20, 2019 marks 50 years, since the United States’ Apollo 11, the first manned mission to land on the Moon, took place. In this issue we will investigate the people behind the mission, the astronauts and why such a feat was extraordinary at the time, and still is. We also look at space and all of its wonders.

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Environment Issue: Sustainability

July 23: Social Sciences - Place and Environment (Science - Living World).

The definition of “sustainability” is the study of how natural systems function, remain diverse and produce everything it needs for the ecology to remain in balance. Sustainability also acknowledges that human civilisation uses resources to sustain our modern way of life. In this issue, we look at what is the importance of sustainability, the three pillars of sustainability and touch on the primary goals of sustainability and how we might live in harmony with the natural world around us, protecting it from damage and destruction.

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Digital Issue: Cyber Citzenship

August 13: Social Sciences - Identity, Culture and Organisation

“Good digital citizenship is "building safe spaces and communities, understanding how to manage personal information, and about using your online presence to grow and shape your world in a safe, creative way, and inspiring others to do the same". (www.digizen.org)

We are the first generation of teachers and parents responsible for equipping our children with ‘digital citizenship' skills. In this issue we look at how to evaluate, manage and use the information and tools they find online and how to use technology safely and responsibly.

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Rugby Issue: Rugby World Cup in japan

September 3: Social Sciences - Identity, Culture and Organisation

The 2019 Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan on 20 September. This issue will look at the major teams taking part in this World Cup, key players, rugby greats past and present and the emerging teams coming through in World Cup Rugby.

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Future Issue: Robotics

September 24: The Economic World (Technology - Nature of Technology)

Robots. Straight out of a science fiction novel, the idea of robots taking over the world inspires such a confusing mix of wonder, admiration, and fear: We are caught between wanting robots to make our lives easier and safer, yet we can’t quite bring ourselves to trust them. While we are building them in our own image, we are terrified they’ll make us redundant. In this issue we look at what robotics is, where this technology is going and what it means for our communities, now and in the future.

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Courage Issue: Growth Mindset and resilience

October 15: Tuia: 250 years since Captain Cook landed in Aotearoa - Social Sciences - Identity, Culture and Organisation.

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” R.J. Palacio.

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Legendary Issue: Myths and Legends from around the world

November 12: Social Sciences - Identity, Culture and Organisation.

Myths and Legends, are they real or make-believe? Stories that were once believed to be true but are today limited to the sphere of ancient myths and legends. From Maui fishing up the North Island to Icarus flying too close to the sun. In this issue we will explore some amazing myths and legends from around the world—legends that may hold truths that can unlock the secrets of our ancient origins.

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