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Matariki and Navigation

The kids loved seeing our ambassador and reading her diary. Thank you.

Nicola De Vries from St Albans School

This field trip is a great experience and learning for students and teachers alike. It caters particularly well to the High Expectation, Inclusion, Cultural diversity and Treaty of Waitangi Principles. All students have access to the knowledge offered by the audio option, and learning of Te Reo words, history and culturally different points of view are being taught. 

Anja Hennig from Green Bay Primary School

Good background and build-up to Matariki. Prompted cultural awareness and discussions.

Susan Fennell from Eastern Hutt School

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

This field trip allowed my students to engage with Matariki in a new and interesting way. My students used all the key competencies and were given complete responsibility for sharing their new knowledge; we ended up with 2 raps, a play, a pop-up book and a speech. It was awesome.

Julie Reeve from Tauwhare School

 Appropriate as my class was investigating this topic. This is another way to connect my students' learning to a wider community and it let my students see that other kids ask similar questions. 

Tarakihana Roberts from Kaitao Intermediate

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

Trips like this are great because all of the students can access the material, not just the capable readers, as so much of the content is video based. Being able to access the material after the event is also great.

Frank Usherwood from Bethlehem School

BioBlitz

Stimulated students to look at environmental issues and biodiversity in our local area. From a teacher's perspective it was a simple way to get children engaged in learning using a digital tool. 

Kristina Sheppard from Ashburton Intermediate

The Bioblitz field trip allowed our tamariki to further explore their learning context (insects) and to add to their understanding of an area of the science curriculum. The format of the field trip meant that what the children had already learned was given relevance and promoted further inquiry, conversations, excitement and engagement in this context.

Jane Reid from Southbrook School

The content was pitched perfectly for Year 7 & 8 tamariki. As part of our unit of inquiry based around ecosystems & biodiversity, there were strong curriculum links. The word bank helped build our te reo Māori too.

Louise Wilson from Mt Pleasant School

The BioBlitz trip was an excellent activity in terms of supporting NZ Curriculum objectives in Science and Ecology for Levels 3 and 4. Science is a way of explaining the world and scientists work together to support their ideas. Ecology - students can see how organisms are adapted to their environment.

Simon Romijn from St Paul's College (Ponsonby)

Helped my teaching practice, as this BioBlitz field trip was a helpful tool to differentiate my teaching. Students enjoy a different form of lesson delivery, too.

Sangeeta Chaudhari from Coastal Taranaki School

In this virtual field trip, the students studied creatures while learning about the concepts of biodiversity and conservation so we built our Inquiry around native animals. We decided to go to the Groynes and check out creatures there. We also looked at the wildlife at Willowbank.

Vanessa Burrell from Haeata Community Campus

Supported all of the KC's, the Nature of Science and the science capabilities.

Sarah Moore from Hikurangi School

Pitched at a perfect level for my Year 4/5 class and went well for our place-based focus for the term. It supported and excited my students in an inclusive and well-planned way.

Nicola Bennett from Wanaka Primary School

It fitted in with our next unit "Living Landscapes" and my students' interets in NZ spiders. It was my first time doing a live web conference and my class and I found it to be enjoyable, especially hearing from the experts, and they learned about the etiquette of that situation.

Shannon Christie from Fenwick School

The learners were excited by the theme of the trip and carried out their own BioBlitz as a result. LEARNZ provides great resources and exciting opportunities for our learners to hear from experts in the field and to see practical applications for their learning.

Andrea Tong from Academy for Gifted Education

We have been focussing on collaboration so students used this unit to work together to find information and monitor their own learning. It was easy for the children to navigate and use the website independently.

Cheryl Moeau-Jones from Postgate School

It followed on very well from the inquiry we have been doing into the plants in our local native bush. The most noticeable impact was a increase in our classes' scientific vocab. Great opportunity to communicate and collaborate with others outside of our school.

Warwick King from Otatara School

It was an appropriate level of challenge, and was fun and engaging at the same time. My students are buzzing after this experience. and are excited about the next LEARNZ field trip.

Shona Willis from Mataura School

It was really appropriate as we learnt how to do a Bio Blitz in our own backyard - which we did! Helped us in the key Learning Area of Science - provided extra information, motivation and a wider NZ focus on the environment. Also added to the kete of useful add-ons to make my teaching better.

Andrew de Wit from Fergusson Intermediate (Trentham)

Not only did my students enjoy this BioBlitz field trip, they were able to apply their learning to our local area. Having the ability to listen to the background pages being read to them is empowering for my lower ability readers. It means that they can still get the same information and complete the tasks.

Marcia Karaitiana from Ascot Community School

It linked in to our syndicate camp in the Tangihuas by Whangarei. It backed up our teaching points on why we need to monitor wildlife and trap introduced pets.

Anna Davis from Dargaville Primary School

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