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Sustainable Wai

My students love working in pods learning and researching on all the background pages and then seeing the real life videos. To the LEARNZ team thank you for such an awesome resource, that I love using with my students!

Daniele Cuthbert from Edgecumbe School

We are looking at our local river and the field trip gave us a context in which we could link our reading programme and link it through science. The class was engaged and went onto the images and background pages during independent learning times. Awesome trip - thanks Andrew and team.

Michael Clemens from Amberley School

This field trip was excellent and a fantastic opportunity to talk to inspiring, knowledgeable and caring experts. My students now have clarity around the direction for their action plans, therefore the field trip was effective, appropriate and supported the Principles, Values, Key Competencies, Learning Areas and Vision of the NZ Curriculum. Being able to re-watch the web conferences with the additional notes and links is really helpful.

Maria Semmons from Kowhai School

Map my Waahi

This fieldtrip fitted into our planned learning well as it had a variety of linked objectives. It enabled lower ability readers from my Year 5/6 class to work with a buddy to complete reading and activities for the fieldtrip.

Janine Kroening from Harewood School

This field trip has covered such a big range from maths and new technologies to geography, personal family trees and history. All students have been involved and have learnt a lot about mapping skills and just general new initiatives that are out there, such as TourBuilder. Creating family backgrounds and sharing those is a great activity for inclusion and cultural diversity.

Anja Hennig from Green Bay Primary School

As we are a Whanau class, it is great to have the glossary and the Cultural mapping context as this relates perfectly to my tamariki. It inspired curiosity and inquiry, especially in relation to Technology and the Nature of Science.

Jane Norman from Kamo School

A LEARNZ trip like this keeps learning exciting and interesting. Makes you feel connected to the world outside the classroom.

Anja Hennig from Green Bay Primary School

Helped provide an exciting context for students to learn about mapping. The field trip was presented in an interdisciplinary way which made the learning meaningful. It also supported me as a teacher to provide learning through the use of digital devices, and made learning both fun and engaging.

Sonia Dickson from St Joseph's Catholic School Opotiki

Linked beautifully with the Principles, Values, Key Competencies, Learning Areas and Vision of the NZ Curriculum. My Maori children, in particular, enjoyed learning more about their origins.

Jane Hill from Ballance School

Great extension and authenticity to our mapping unit; loved learning about Tourbuilder. Numerous entry points to the NZ Curriculum e.g Maths, Inquiry, KC's, Values, Agency, Digital Technologies. Loved the Māori perspective in the Thursday web conference.

Jo Dudley from Ilam School

I thought the weaving of both Te Reo and tikanga/Mātauranga Māori was organic and well done. I also found it useful that the appropriate Achievement Objectives were linked to the Resource section of the website. Overall, this field trip supported the NZ Curriculum well. 

Rose Ellis from Karori Normal School

Supported our heavy focus on the key competencies and principles as we develop our local curriculum. Interesting, well thought out, engaging, and followed on nicely from other inquiries.

Eric Daubé from Dalefield School

Love the links to tikanga and Maoridom - something that is a focus for us as  school right now, but can be hard to do in an authentic way. This field trip helped us to achieve that. Students also hadn't thought of 'mapping' beyond the one on the wall so this opened up a whole new world for them.

Jessica McConnell from Mount Hutt College

The videos with children of a similar age explaining what they were doing, and why, created a real link to the kids in my class and great motivation to take part. The sense of belonging for ALL my class no matter what their heritage was reinforced by the work we undertook as a result of this field trip.

Hazel Halton from Witherlea School

This trip created a lot of 'wondering' moments and also helped raise the profile of reo Māori in my class. It really supported cultural diversity, which is something that our school and Kāhui Ako has been focussing on. 

Louise Trousdale from Pukeoware School

Prompted me to explore mapping with my class. We mainly used the background material and explored concepts using maps of our own area.

Lynette Knappstein from Seddon School

Children made good connections to previous knowledge and we are now using mapping tools online to record where traps are and their catch rate etc. The field trip tied in nicely to our current inquiry about pest management and previous inquiries into the blue duck and kiwi.

Christopher Mattock from Makahu School

This mapping field trip was a great context to explore sustainability and te ao māori.

Paul Gilbert from Raumati Beach School

The option for viewing the videos etc. at a time that does not conflict with other school commitments, is extremely valuable. Contributed to student agency so class members could be self managing, collaborative and use their literacy and numeracy skills in authentic and rich contexts.

Sandra McKendry from Seddon School

The web conferences in particular encouraged my Year 1-8 students to listen carefully to ideas from other schools and the experts, so they could contribute themselves.

Wendy Bishell from Pitt Island School

It fitted in perfectly with our "Our Place" inquiry with high levels of engagement in this meaningful and authentic activity. Having each learner research and share their cultural heritage and ancestry has been enlightening and empowering. Using the digital tool Tour Builder and Google earth to map their waahi (ancestral journey) incorporated the new strands of the Technology curriculum with learners designing and creating using digital technology, not just consuming.

Lisa Hunt from Kirwee Model School

The students have continued, even after the end of the field trip, to explore their own passions around mapping, e.g. mapping their own whanau story. My Maori students showed full engagement in this trip, especially when listening to the oral stories of the local area. LEARNZ definitely supports my teaching, by providing a wide variety of resources and experts to support the class inquiry learning. 

Patricia Molloy from Turitea School

This trip was useful in discussing the topography of New Zealand, prior to guiding the students into thinking about natural disasters as part of our Cause and Effect inquiry. We found the web conferences most helpful.

Emma Newton from Karori Normal School

This trip provided opportunities and learning for my class that we would not have otherwise been able to access.

Rachel Ammundsen from Moturoa School

This trip gave different students a chance to shine and it linked strongly to cultural competencies. LEARNZ helps me link my teaching to what is actually going on for us in New Zealand, and keeps lessons and unit plans real.

Katherine Smeaton from Waimata School

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