Teaching voting at schools

Make your students active, enthusiastic citizens with Kids Voting – Te Pōti a Ngā Tamariki and our curriculum-based teaching resources.

Kids Voting – Te Pōti a Ngā Tamariki

Kids Voting – Te Pōti a Ngā Tamariki is back for the 2020 General Election and referendums.

Teach your students about real candidates, parties, and election issues, and give them a first-hand voting experience.

Find out more about Kids Voting – Te Pōti a Ngā Tamariki

Teaching resources

Use these resources to help your students understand how voting works and encourage them to take part. We have resources that align with levels 1 to 5 of the New Zealand Social Sciences Curriculum and level 5 of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

The material is flexible, and you can adjust it to suit your students’ needs and experiences.

Resource for curriculum levels 1 and 2
Resources for curriculum levels 3 and 4
Resource for curriculum level 5
Resource for Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

Inquiry cards

You can also download inquiry cards — each card has a picture and some related questions about voting and democracy. Use these cards to start discussions and get your students thinking. The cards are suitable for all curriculum levels.

Professional development for teachers

If you want to learn more about teaching civics and citizenship, take our free online course at your own pace. We’ve designed this course for teachers of curriculum levels 1 to 5.

Take our ‘Teaching civics and citizenship’ course

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