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Matariki and Navigation

Engaging, motivating, easy to use, great resources, tailor-made for busy teachers to implement. Resources fully support an integrated approach. Thoughtfully curated. Children loved the digital content and videos. Rankings via quizzes very motivating for my class.

Lenora Skinner from Whangaparaoa School (Auckland)

Excellent that students could replay the web conferences, as they can view later to find answers to their questions and hit the pause button as often as they need.

Sandra McKendry from Seddon School

The topic linked into our current Integrated Inquiry. Great resources on the website that the kids enjoyed interacting with.

Hannah Oates from Methven School

The class were motivated and excited by the learning, as the field trip gave students the opportunity to strengthen their own identity and cultural connections/ whakapapa. In addition, I tried new ICT aspects linked to the field trip and explored the concepts of 'Cultural Narratives' and 'Social Mapping'.

Wendy Reid from Riverlands School

Relevant topic and info that fully engaged my students.

Malcolm Hepburn from Ngatimoti School

Content was perfect for our topic this term on navigators. The children's sense of belonging and dual heritage was reinforced as we discussed the videos and as our more able readers supported those less able in reading the background pages.

Hazel Halton from Witherlea School

Students were excited to go on this virtual field trip and really enjoyed using Google maps. They were motivated to do the activities, which utilised all key competencies and encouraged multiple learning styles.

Megan Connolly from Arahoe School

All aspects outlined in the planning for this field trip were easy to connect to the NZ Curriculum documentation. The newsletters were informative and useful, but I also found what I needed in the online help. My students have already asked when our next LEARNZ trip will be.

Wendy Reid from Riverlands School

Meaningful and relevant content for students, pitched at an appropriate level for our multi-age classroom. Having the opportunity to interact and ask questions in real time was appreciated and is valuable.

Brenda Sutton from Waitaria Bay School

It was a lot of fun and very valuable learning. It took a lot of the research and planning out of my hands and allowed me to learn alongside my students.

Kellie McGinlay from St Mary's School Blenheim

A lot of learning happened for my Year 3-4 class through the background pages and videos. The trip linked to NZC through Science, Maths, Literacy and KCs. Resources were easy to use, and good to have knowledge imparted by experts.

Hilary Lintott from Brooklyn School (Wellington)

In the web conferences, I find the guest speakers and hearing the other schools' questions makes our learning authentic and relateable.

Sandra Wilson from Te Rerenga School

Topic relevant to students (and whanau). Videos well paced and interesting. Background pages provide an authentic independent reading activity. All of the key competencies are addressed through the various activities.

Caroline Arnold from Lepperton School

It added significant context and background to our current Matariki study. The range of experiences, media and personalisation was great! My students really look forward to, enjoy and learn from LEARNZ field trips. Every one they have been on is remembered and has driven a huge amount of new learning.

Christine Hailes from North Street School

 Loved it! I have used LEARNZ field trips before but not with an ambassador, which just made it! This field trip was also incredibly empowering for our Maori and Pasifika learners!

Caitlin Buttle from Knights Stream School - Mingimingi Hautoa

Encourages thinking. Culturally responsive. Appropriate access to relevant and current topics for my Y10 Geo class.

Judith McKenzie from Craighead Diocesan School

The field trip was a wonderful addition to our Matariki inquiry. The learning crossed several curriculum areas and students really enjoyed using different technologies to support their interests.

Tessa Hansen from Riwaka School

It fitted in exactly with what we are studying, and my students really responded well to hearing information from different people and in different ways. The web conferences were particularly empowering and transforming for my four dyslexic learners, as their questions were chosen as "best and deepest".

Lauren Milnes from Ngatimoti School

A very integrated topic - you could could explore a myriad of Principles, Values and Key Competencies within it. LEARNZ trips are great - I like to participate in at least 2 every year and I love that I learn alongside my students.

Leasa Craw from Morrinsville School

Fabulous trip; excellent daily videos that support teaching practice. The Māori aspect was particularly good with the lead up to our Matariki celebrations. Students loved taking part in the web conference, especially having their extra questions also answered.

Jo Dudley from Ilam School

My students loved it - it sparked lots of independent learning and sharing learning with whānau about Matariki. We fully participated in the web conferences, both as a listening class and as a speaking class.

Shona Willis from Mataura School

This coincided with our Inquiry and the class were fully engaged with the content. The learning is accessible, with differentiated activities that allow the class to learn at their own rate. All the key competencies, principles, values and different learning areas were covered. Promoted inclusion of Māori students, who were encouraged to show their knowledge and share their views.

Kristina Sheppard from Ashburton Intermediate

I have found the LEARNZ website an invaluable tool to support the learning needs of my class.

Kristina Sheppard from Ashburton Intermediate

I could quickly look at background and ideas and use those suitable for my Year 2 class. Great for English (use sources of information e.g. videos, to identify form and express ideas), Science (PEB - Astronomical Systems - Matariki) and Social Studies (How the past is important to people | How places are significant to people).

Lynette Knappstein from Seddon School

As this was about Matariki and Navigation, it was of interest to my Maori and Pasifika students and showed them that we valued their stories. Excellent opportunity for all my students to learn in areas that would otherwise be inaccessible and from people they can't access locally.

Lara Moss from Remarkables Primary School

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