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Whats the Plan Stan?

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 fieldtrip background pages allowed my Year 8 class of very diverse abilities to engage at their various levels - at least a quarter of the class really appreciated the audio text! It was also a great opportunity for my students to integrate inquiry learning into our course.

Claudine Tyrrell from Kaikorai Valley College

LEARNZ supports all areas of NZC - a wonderful resource!

Natasha Greatorex from Whakamarama School

Our students are manly visual learners so through watching the videos they were able to sustain attention longer and retain more information. Also every activity in the field trip, I believe, has in some way reflected the Key Competencies and Values in the Curriculum.

Mateja Kotnik from Oaklynn Special School

A great resource for reading and inquiry. Students really enjoy the reading and activities.

Susan Dane from Elm Park 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

Fitted in well with our civil defence week. Engaged the students. Have recommended to colleagues and our whole team will use this next year.

Jayne Senington from Conifer Grove 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

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

Kereru Count

Great. We used it to plan our own Kereru Count field trip.

Ryan Fraser from Maheno School

The students love the fact that the website format doesn't change from field trip to field trip. When you have chosen the 'right' field trip, there is an increase in student agency. As we live in an area where there are plenty of Kereru, this field trip was very appropriate in the leadup to the Great Kereru Count.

Marcia Karaitiana from St Peter's College Gore

Suited the inquiry process the students were about to begin locally. Supported our classroom based programme - good ideas that we could follow.

Kent Davis from Wakefield School

Students could relate to this, as we have kereru around our school and it was good to find out ways to make sure this continues. Fabulous way to learn about what is really happening in and around our country and then transfer that learning to local communities.

Caroline Arnold from Lepperton School

My students were very engaged in the kererū topic and enjoyed learning about something they could see in their own environment. It aligned with our theme/values this term of tangata whenua - kaitiakitanga. The web site encouraged independent learning and I was also able to use it to enhance our reading and writing programme.

Janice Porter from Kingsway School

Fantastic link to the Great Kererū Count. Helped support learning in class and our participation in the count itself.

Alisa Wolsey from St Brendan's School Heretaunga

Our class name is Kereru and we did the Kereru Count last year, so lots of links - videos etc held our interest, taught us new content, sparked discussion. Future focussed, fits in with our school value of Kaitiakitanga, visions of sustainability and connectedness. Easy access online tool which has real life context. Great.

Tracey Janes from Diamond Harbour School

We live in an area where Kererū are of significant importance and this really highlighted this for the students. Covered a wide area of teaching specific NZ values.

Diane Henderson from Ohaeawai School

Provided wonderment and awe !!!! The akonga loved it - fantastic. Amazing PD for me, too.

Emily Wells from St Mark's School Christchurch

As I am retiring, I want to thank you for providing this service which I have used for the last 6 years at two different schools.

Barbara Hore from Waikaia School

Was an awesome collaborative and digital experience for chn.

Leasa Craw from Morrinsville School

Excellent and effective in students gaining an appreciation of our unique environment. Retiring and I want to thank you for providing this service. I have used it through out many many years of teaching, and have always found it to be of a very high standard.

Barbara Hore from Waikaia School

Kererū Count was of benefit to me as a teacher to enhance engagement with Maori students in science at both the junior year 9 and senior year 12 class. I also used this field trip with my classes to tie in with DOC Conservation Week.

Lucy Meagher from Havelock North High School

Very appropriate and engaging both due to the focus of the unit and the delivery. Extremely motivating for the students learning. Great to have the personal touch where the children get to interact with Andrew. Very relevant and future focused.

Jillian Evans from Elmwood Normal School

Helped to get students actively involved and participating in science and suitability projects.

Joshua Morris from Francis Douglas Memorial College

This trip was real science in action and my students had buy-in from the start. The videos and real life experiences are very beneficial to the children's learning, opening their eyes to the wider world and I love the way the field trips incorporate aspects of Maori culture and beliefs.

Louise Parker from Twyford School

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