Testimonials

Waka Voyaging

I try and do a field trip every term. They are so valuable as a resource and really promote learning in a real life situation. I love the Learnz Field Trips!

Louise Parker from Twyford School

The topic tied in nicely with our class health focus on 'being in the waka' and working together. Although many of my students didn't connect culturally to this field trip, it was a new experience for them and therefore was engaging.

Alice Keeling from Springston School

The content was engaging and this was evident in the thinking that took place and the work produced by all my students, who absolutely loved this trip regardless of their abilities or interests. For our Maori students this was a particularly awesome experience and it was also great to look at hauora from the angle of working together to crew the waka.

Chloe Madden from Lumsden School

It (the virtual field trip) allowed our students to be involved and part of something that wouldn't be attainable in a normal classroom setting. It totally enhanced my learning programme and enabled me to get support and guidance using the NZ curriculum.

Pauline Craven from Whakatane High School

Very relevant to our Term Two inquiry about Māoritanga and how it is shared and celebrated in NZ. I use LEARNZ withy my class because I am always able to find something that suits the children's interests, and the real-life situations are so relevant and motivating.

Jennifer Coyle from Edendale School Southland

Outstanding and supports student development in all areas. High interest and enthusiasm to learn. Wonderful context for our polynesian/maori majority students as connections are made with how their ancestors made significant migrations.

Richard Kerr from Avondale Intermediate

Anything to do with Culture is well received by our Maori students! Also covered all the Key Competencies. Was fantastic to be able to be a part of the field trip. Our students loved it!

Tania Raynes from Whakatane Intermediate

An interesting style of learning - lots of potential. This has been a great experience as a teacher and for the class.

Veronica Bird from Pukekohe East School

While all students benefit from the material, I found this one to be especially relevant to our local Maori students. It was also very useful as part of our reading programme when used with a graphic organiser for finding, selecting and retrieving relevant information.

Diane Henderson from Ohaeawai School

This field trip supported the key competencies and learning areas well.

Susan Sisam from Taneatua School

This field trip was perfect for our combined Māori and Health studies for Term 1. My class were able to use this at school and in their home with parents. Very satisfying to observe students personalising the learning.

Isobel Huggard from Katikati College

It supported my year 9 topic of migrations. A great way of bringing the subject alive.

Andrew McMillan from Mana College

It was excellent, it fitted in really well with our topic as well as curriculum values, principals, KCs. Students got a lot out of the Waka virtual field trip and were excited by it.

Anna Morton from Pukekohe East School

Students could see links between real voyages (now) and those made by our ancestors. The programme was well thought out, informative, and had many options to use it in a variety of ways. It was engaging, fun, and a great way to learn something through a different medium.

Clare Curry from Rata Street School

It helped to provide a traditional context for teamwork, which was the focus of our inquiry last term. I felt the information was a good level for our learners (year 4).

Warwick King from Otatara School

The students were able to be self directed through this field trip. They then published a blog about their experiences.

Nicola Farrar from Patumahoe Primary School

Students participated using all of the key competencies.

Adrienne Ackerman from St Leonards Road School

Allowed opportunities for students to develop self management.

Whitney Hansen from Hoon Hay School

We also visited the waka and helped with repairs to Nukutaiao. That made the (virtual field trip) experience very meaningful.

Rosemary Kara from Whakatane Intermediate

This field trip fitted in nicely with our health focus for the term, exploring hauora. The children were hooked in by the videos, with real people doing the jobs on the waka. It also fitted in with the Key Competencies and values - showing perseverance in the face of adversity, working together as a team, looking after our environment.

Louise Parker from Twyford School

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