Use our teaching tools, exemplars, and resource guides to help inspire, plan, and guide inquiry, reading, and learning in your classroom.

Curiosity cards for inquiry Use these curiosity cards to spark student inquiry about Aotearoa New Zealand's rich bicultural heritage.
People marching in a TPPA protest
Primary sources — how to use them Primary sources are a powerful teaching and learning tool.​ ​Discover how to use these original, first-hand, often unedited records of events.
Services to Schools' inquiry exemplar
Inquiry exemplars and templates Resources of all kinds play a vital role in inquiry learning. Our exemplars and other guides offer ways to inspire and inform inquiry learning in your school.
Open-the-Book tool for teaching children's and young adult literature
Open-the-Book tools for teaching children's and young adult literature Use our Open-the-Book thinking and planning tools to explore children’s and young adult literature, captivate your students' imagination, and inspire them to become life-long readers.
Entrance to the He Tohu exhibition showing Te wehenga o Rangi rāua ko Papa by Cliff Whiting and a He Tohu exhibition banner
Explore He Tohu with your students Discover educational tours, social inquiry programmes, books, and other resources that support the He Tohu exhibition of He Whakaputanga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi), and the Women's Suffrage Petition.
An unidentified New Zealand outside his dug-out in a trench during World War I. A sign above the door reads 'Whangamomona' which may be where the soldier hails from.
An unidentified New Zealand soldier outside his dug-out, 1914-1918. Ref: PA1-o-026-22-5.
World War 1 (WW1) resources Find First World War and WW100 commemoration resources you can use at school, including the experiences and perspectives of New Zealanders.​
Students using Topic Explorer for inquiry
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Topic Explorer guide Learn what Topic Explorer is and how to use it to find quality, curated curriculum resources.​
Teacher using EPIC on a tablet
EPIC guide ​Using EPIC, schools have access to thousands of electronic resources covering all curriculum learning areas from primary to secondary level. It includes magazines, newspapers, encyclopaedia, images and much more.​
Student using AnyQuestions in a laptop
AnyQuestions guide Learn more about AnyQuestions, a free online reference service for all NZ school students. The service is open Monday to Friday from 1pm to 6pm and anyone with an internet-enabled device can use it.
Person using laptop to search for Waitangi resources on
DigitalNZ guide Learn more about DigitalNZ. DigitalNZ is the search engine for NZ culture — connecting people to digital material from libraries, museums, government departments, publicly funded organisations, the media, and community groups.
Screenshot showing Papers Past homepage
Papers Past guide Explore Papers Past, which has a wealth of digitised historical New Zealand content — newspapers, magazines, journals, letters, diaries and parliamentary papers — that can be used for many teaching and learning activities.
Screenshot of INNZ section of National Library catalogue
Index New Zealand (INNZ) guide Explore INNZ, a searchable database of descriptions of articles from over 1000 New Zealand journals, magazines, and newspapers from 1950 to today.