Curriculum Resources

Downloadable activities & resources l Online activities

Welcome to the SunSmart Learning Programme

The SunSmart Learning Programme focuses on students learning and using behaviours that will keep them from exposing their skin to harmful Ultraviolet Radiation and getting sunburned.

These resources - written by educational experts - are designed for Levels 1-4 of the New Zealand Curriculum.

Read the OVERVIEW here.

Click on the Level 1 to 4 links below to download/print the resources 


Level 1 

Level 2

Level 3


Level 4

Teachers can use a full unit to cover a term or use a single lesson. Units aim to: 

  • develop numeracy and literacy
  • explain key science concepts and experiences about the sun, energy and protection.
  • support the principles of SunSmart and the New Zealand Curriculum
  • use different examples/contexts that are appropriate for different ethnic groups
  • use te reo Māori concepts and language
  • take an inquiry-based learning approach
  • help schools gain SunSmart School status

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Watch the SunSmart Schools resources in action at Sylvia Park School


The SunSmart Schools Resources are now also linked to the Primary CREST award scheme run by the Royal Society of New Zealand. Primary CREST activities have been designed to motivate primary students and develop their interest in Science and Technology.  Click here to go to CREST


If you have an innovative sun protection activity or idea, please email us.

Additional Resources

Cancer Council Victoria's downloadable curriculum resources - a range of engaging independent activities for primary students.


The Ultraviolet Index Board


Click here for UV and Sun Protection facts - a Resource for Schools (pdf) 

To download the poster only right-click on the image below, save, and then print to A3 or A4


SunSmart student certificate  - (A4)

Sunsmart student certificate  - (A5)

SunSmart role model certificate   -  (A4)

Sunsmart_role model certificate - (A5)

Sunsmart_student certificate_Te Reo - (A5) 

Sunsmart_role model certificate Te Reo - (A5)

Be SunSmart at school - reward sheet

 Online Activities 

The Undercover Cody website has online interactive activities for students from 5-8 years old. It also has lots of useful resources that support sunsmart learning for sale. These include: books, posters, stickers, CDs and games.

The Generation SunSmart website, was created by the Cancer Council Australia.  New Zealand  teachers and students can login and complete their learning modules.  These modules will help students learn about sun protection skin cancer and how to use sunsmart behaviours during their day, then play an interactive game.

Create a poster - students create their own SunSmart poster to remind people how and when to keep safe in the sun and get some UV for vitamin D. This has been created by Cancer Council Victoria, Australia

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