Testimonials

Spirit of Adventure

The children were really engaged and being able to ask an expert made them feel like they were really on board the Spirit of New Zealand. I particularly found the easy readings great for my Year 4-5 class and used them as the reading programme. Totally satisfied with all that was offered!

Elizabeth Ives from Picton School

The differentiated text pages and supporting photographs and videos ensured all the students had success in their learning. Students absolutely loved participating in the live webinar - the writing they produced after it was inspiring and many students reflected it was the best writing they had ever done.

Jane Rickman from Hamilton West School

People and Water

The LEARNZ delivery method made it easier to work alongside students with their learning rather than in front of them. Students have been engaged and motivated to ask questions and wonder about things.

Amanda O'Brien from St Joseph's School Timaru

Marine Mammals

I love the links to Te Reo and the culture of the Maori people, particularly things like kaitiaki and karakias. Thank you.

Louise Parker from Twyford School

The children enjoyed the focus on marine mammals and the field trip was a very effective, engaging way of learning. Supported the overall vision of the NZC to become confident, connected life-long learners along with Values around Community Engagement and Future Focus. Supported the Learning Areas of Social Science, Science.

Jillian Evans from St Margaret's College

Integrated perfectly with our current Year 6 Living World topic about life cycles and threats to NZ marine species. Resources are fantastic! Excellent for sustainability and future focus learning.

Dorothy Hutton from Columba College

Fitted nicely into science. Authentic contexts. High level of engagement. Loved the Maori song and actions.

Lyndal Fonokalafi from Pukekohe East School

Making the resources very NZ based and knowing other students were also doing it around the country was motivating for many. Having the correct pronunciation of words (Māori and English) available was valuable for the teacher, as was allowing the lower readers to listen to the text.

Victoria Stevens from Queenstown School

It tied in perfectly with our focus on Toiora te Moana. Supports strongly our values at Merrin - Kaitiakitanga - guardianship especially.

Francis Ganderton from Merrin School

The field trip had a place in all areas of the NZ curriculum e.g covered reading, writing, geography, mathematics, art. Students were able to make connections to their own personal experiences.

Adrienne Maxwell from Waitara East School

Every time I used the support area I was able to find what I needed. The virtual field trip was very appropriate - I had to differentiate content for my littlies but it was very usable.

Jennifer Sinclair from Kaiapoi Borough School

It encouraged students to use a range of communication skills and certainly helped us to target the Living World science curriculum.

Anita Phillips from Alfredton School

I felt the field trip was well done and very engaging. It supported the key competencies very well and there was a lot of thinking, cooperative learning and activities that required a lot of self-management and participation by the students.

Karla Jorgensen from Coastal Taranaki School

It was great to have a topic that linked into Sea Week. It clearly  linked to the curriculum for social science, science, literacy, and Te Reo Māori.  As a digital classroom, it was fantastic to be able to do our work through the website and access it from home so that learning could be shared with whanau.

Te Ireland from Karoro School

It has given my predominantly Pasifika students an invaluable and accessible EOTC experience that would normally be beyond our ability to provide in real time. Oral recordings made it very accessible and having ambassador on board increased engagement further.

Katherine Smith from Nga Iwi School

It was related to a topic the students could branch out into/feel passionate about and the resources were suited and adaptable to our year 7 class. Engaging with an expert models the quest for knowledge and students take it more seriously/engage more when they know the expert has dedicated their life to their chosen field.

Dale Hitchcock from Pukekohe Intermediate

It was really well set up with appropriate material for classroom writing and got all of my students excited about marine mammals.

Nik Serhijenko from Pamapuria School

Great for motivating students, relevant and NZ based. Made me more open to interactive/web conferences/real time learning.

Karen Nicholls from Matamata Intermediate

Motivating, engaging, the short video clips hold student interest and provide plenty of scope for discussion. Well supported with activities, both paper and digital.

Caroline Arnold from Lepperton School

We are learning about sustainability and this was a good trip to take.

Gillian Bartlett from Mission Heights Junior College

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