The aim for 2024 is to make teachers aware of the need to check on safety when carrying out any activities in Science classes. New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators (NZAPSE) runs Primmary Science Week each year.

NZAPSE continue to encourage all teachers to do practical work with their students. To ensure you and your students are always safe, NZAPSE have produced a Risk Assessment document, which will be made available at the start of 2024. This works alongside the offical Safety in Science document for schools.

The goal – continue working in Science and be safe while you do it.

Science Week Activities

NZAPSE are in the process of organising webinars for teachers and students, to increase their awareness of safety in school Science. Keep an eye out on the NZAPSE website for more information as it becomes available. They are also hoping to include a method for accepting questions and providing answers around Safety in Science. They will keep you updated on this, so if you have any questions please send them in.

Science Week competitions

Option 1 Being Safe Photo Competition

  • Take a picture of your class being safe when doing exciting Science. Use your creativity and imagination.
  • (If any faces of students are obviously visible ensure you have permission from their families to put their images on the NZAPSE website)

Option 2 Share an Exciting Experiment along with the Risk Assessment Document.

  • Provide the details of your favourite activity and the risk assessment that goes with it.
  • A template will be provided for you to use if you want.
  • Make sure you fill out the Risk Assessment form and send them both in.

NZAPSE are looking to secure sponsors to provide prizes for schools that participate.

All details will be made available as soon as possible.

To keep up to date with the latest information, see

Fun and safety with primary science webinar

See the webinar recording of Greta (Science Learning Hub) and the New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators talking Fun and safety with primary science. In the webinar we share resources and advice for staying safe while having fun with science.

Primary science week

See our recorded webinars Get inspired about running Primary Science Week and Flipping science fairs – they will help you to get you started.

Watch previous webinars featuring New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators:

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