Mrs Gren - Science

How does Mrs Gren work? What makes a cats and dogs so different? Why can some birds not fly?

MRS GREN is an acronym often used to help remember all the necessary features of living organisms: Movement, Respiration, Sensitivity, Growth, Reproduction, Excretion and Nutrition.  

An introduction into Mrs Gren, the seven principles of life.

This class will introduce these components of the Living World strand of the Science Curriculum:

  • Investigate Mrs Gren, (appreciation of each principle of life and understanding its purpose, in different life forms);

  • Investigate and understand adaptations of different animals to their habitat and environment;

  • Understand that the relationship between living things around the world, and what makes NZ so unique with native animals.

Students will develop their conceptual knowledge about the nature of science and how science knowledge has changed over time. They will share their knowledge and ideas through discussion and guided prompts. There will be opportunities for some hands on activities and simple experiments.

The VLN Primary Mrs Gren class is an opportunity to explore the fascinating subject of the living world. The classes promote curiosity and inquiry, and students are encouraged to be self-directed and collaborative in their learning.

NZC: Science, Level 3+ (also supports Numeracy up to Level 3+)

Mode of delivery: Weekly Class on Zoom: Tutorials and resources on Google Classroom

Please read our Protocols of Participation for specific details on how to participate and the costs involved. Contact us for more information: