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Whats the Plan Stan?

I found the easy background pages appropriate for most students and the ability to have the text read to them was really helpful. Motivating and interesting - my Year 4 students especially enjoyed the videos.

Gina Wan from Levin East School

I adapted it to be useful for my Year One class. I concentrated on How to keep ourselves safe during Earthquakes and Tsunamis. It assisted my delivery of interesting authentic material for my students.

Martie Andrew from Awakeri School

The resources were excellent for research and reading tasks, and we learnt the importance of being prepared as we practiced our earthquake drills. Everything supported our unit of inquiry about natural disasters specific to New Zealand and my students valued being able to speak to experts in the field.

Jane Rickman from Hamilton West School

The field trips cater for a number of learning styles providing visual, written and audio information. I love using Learnz with my class. Thank you for providing this fabulous resource. 

Jennifer Barrow from Kaniere School

LEARNZ supports all areas of NZC - a wonderful resource!

Natasha Greatorex from Whakamarama School

It was well organised and at the students' levels so no-one was left behind. They now have a good understanding of what to do next in the case of an emergency.

Amanda Carter from Pukekohe Intermediate

It made my children more aware that floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters don't just happen to other people in other places but can happen anywhere at anytime. Thank you, I am enjoying learning along with my class!

Margaret Cassidy from Kaikohe East School

Totally appropriate for my Y3&4 class, with the children being very engaged with their learning. Love the videos and photos which make the content accessible to all children, no matter their reading ability.

Carolyn Thelning from Weston School

I used it as part of my independent learning and group reading sessions. This field trip showed the children how they can be managing their own safety.

Kim-Sherree Dalton from Kaharoa School

The field trip was appropriate for our class of Yr 3 students and met many aspects of the NZ curriculum. Students are now highly motivated to find out more about hazards/disasters that are likely to impact them at some stage.

Jessica Byrne from Rata Street School

It got the class thinking deeply about the actualaties that would happen, particularly in our area of Porirua, even though the field trip was based in Auckland. The class enjoyed being part of a New Zealand-wide group during the audio conferences.

Jacqueline Bassett from Paremata School

Children engaged with this resource and were excited to learn about disasters in this way. Background pages were a great support to the children's learning as they were easy to use as an independent or group or whole class activity, especially with two reading levels and with the read-aloud option.

Karen Buchanan from Whakamarama School

It is a great platform for the children to engage with their parents about what they are learning, in this case to get families to talk about how to be prepared. The children love seeing real people in real time. They engage with the learning but also relate it to the people on screen as if they are their friends.

Lesley Johnston from Firth School

Tied the emergency drills that we practice in the school into a wide context. It supported the learning we were doing in class.

Aaron Frost from Whitiora School

This field trip linked in really well with our Science Inquiry and the real world nature of the field trip, which the children felt connected to and motivated them to self-direct their learning and go further. I have had excellent learning from my children from the LEARNZ Virtual Field Trips. I think they are fantastic.

Kelly Parker from Papakowhai School

The trip encouraged a great deal of thinking, with students participating in discussions where they could develop empathy for others in disaster situations. They were able to do lots of reading and writing in a meaningful context.

Caroline Arnold from Lepperton School

All of my students, including Maori Pasifika and ESOL, have good understandings as a result of the LEARNZ What's the plan, Stan field trip. It was helpful having experts answer inquiry questions my student had, and videos helped certain students gain a deeper understanding.

Mary Herlihy from Royal Road School

It was great to have real-life experiences recounted and for students to be able to communicate with scientists. The "What's the Plan, Stan?" topic was relevant, and seeing the conference call made students even more interested.

Dale Machin from Buckland School

Linked to emergency procedures practised during the year. Online, current, and relevant to curriculum.

Helen Gibson from Hilltop School

Most children went home and planned emergency supplies and procedures. We integrated reading, mapping, videos, discussing, writing, maths, presenting ideas, as well as health and safety procedures. We had a lot of fun.

Joanne Phillips from Te Mata School Havelock North

Connects with studets' wider lives, and engages the support of their families, whānau, and communities. Another vehicle that can be used to engage students with like-thinking students across the motu.

Tarakihana Roberts from Kaitao Intermediate

Engagement levels were very high, and they were keen to know more following the video conferences, even though we were watching them after they were recorded. The field trip enabled me to support learners with barriers to their learning, e.g. reading, and enabled the class to continue to develop their self-directed/guided learning style.

Anne Rodgers from Hanmer Springs School

Very effective, especially for those students who had the ability to engage in the audio conferences and ask their own questions. This was a great way to immerse my class in lots of information and to initiate lots of discussion. Thank you!

Rachel Hall from Paremata School

Fitted with our science unit, values of looking after others, and furthered competencies such as speaking and listening and communicating using written language.

Rhonda Beet from Orewa North School

Participation helped students to learn to work together as a team, so they were able to formulate appropriate questions to put to the experts. Really created an awareness of the need to have an emergency plan.

Nadeema Nordien from Zayed College for Girls

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