Teacher testimonials

Adapting after Emergencies

Living in Kaikoura it was good for my students to be able to look back and see how far they have come. It is so great to have the work done with linking it to the NZC.

Rebecca Macer from Kaikoura Suburban School

Students were engaged with the topic and it was great having experts to answer their questions. Interactive activities have been helpful to scaffold learning for all students.

Michelle O'Neill from Verdon College

This field trip covered Science and Social Sciences and gave the students the information they needed to be able to make personal links to the learning. LEARNZ takes our learning and understanding beyond anything we could hope to offer our students - the field trips are a valuable part of our global learning program.

Teresa Jones from Waitoriki School

Matched well with the NZ Curriculum in Social sciences and Planet Earth science. My children did enjoy using the Maori vocab.

Helen Voice from Kaikoura Primary School

We had a fantastic time. This field trip was great for leveraging digital in such a meaningful way. Students learnt a lot that they could talk about afterwards and it gave them meaning and context. They really like hearing from and seeing other children.

Jennifer Croxford from Wanaka Primary School

Kōkako

This Kōkako field trip heavily support our focus on māori perspectives and tikanga practices surrounding nature and our syndicate mountain. The videos and background sheets are also excellent and catered for the range of levels in my class.

Stacey Vowles from Tamahere Model Country School

Students interested, good to have Māori view, overall great learning for kids. Relevant and NZ based learning about the Living World and conservation.

Robyn Bennett from Stanmore Bay School

LEARNZ field trips like Kōkako are great for inquiry projects to show children another way to find information and to feed into passions.

Bernadette Ballantyne from Mercury Bay Area School

Authentic context and linked to our inquiry for term 2. Useful for promoting Key Competencies - we used thinking, managing self, participating and contributing.

Kathleen McIsaac from Cambridge East School

This field trip was perfect as we are researching New Zealand, in particular birds. It helped us to learn about kōkako but also allowed us to value the kōkako on a personal basis.

Jacqueline McGlasson from Dargaville Primary School

Perfect as we were exploring Predator Free NZ as an inquiry unit. Great to see the relevance of our tracking and trapping in our local school bush area. Good that our kids also saw that people have paid jobs doing this work. It's real-life stuff!

Louise Peirce from Korokoro School

The field trip catered for a wide range of abilities. Introductory video, photos and captions were brilliant to help construct questions for the videoconference. I found the SOLO taxonomy excellent. Having the Māori words with the correct pronounciations was fabulous. 

Jo Dudley from Ilam School

This field trip inspired and educated my class about how NZ birds have been affected by introduced species and has motivated them to learn more. The extensive use of Māori kupu and links to traditions etc was an important element, and one my students found interesting.

Lisa Hayde from St Pius X Catholic School (Melville)

The project itself was great. It was interesting and my science students were really engaged from the outset. The website was awesome but one of the greatest things was the communication with the organisers and scientists.

Jessica O'Boyle from Wellington Girls' College

We had very little knowledge on the kōkako before but the boys will tell anyone who will listen about them now. Also, one of the biggest advantages is discussions generated from the resources for critical thinking. An amazing resource - thank you, we are all learning together!

Tracey Thomson from The Clan in a Caravan Homeschool

It was good for our students to apply principles we have been learning to the kōkako and Mt Pirongia. Videos were great and also great to include a context from our local area, with corrrect pronunciation of Māori terms

Melissa Young from Hamilton Girls' High School

Helped us engage with community - parent feedback was positive. Students engaged and study was also relevant to Treaty of Waitangi - returning taonga, plus Social Studies/Science/Technology.

Alison McCartie from Waitetuna School

I like the way that it has opened our learners' eyes to the use of experts to support your inquiry. It has also been a powerful tool for getting students used to the idea of 'actioning' something as part of an inquiry.

Blake Walker from Greytown School

Very appropriate, as it linked into our theme on Change - and the students were engaged. It connected to the science curriculum - Level 3 objectives of Ecology and Evolution.

Colin Lambie from Karori Normal School

Love your Rubbish

As an enviroschool, we found this field trip to perfectly fit our kaupapa and our journey regarding how to deal with waste at school and at home. Also worked very well for two reading groups to engage in synthesising information appropriately.

Christine Meehan from Ashley School

In a very powerful way students were able to work collaboratively and at their own pace. Practical as our school is isolated rural, 40km from the nearest township and our class is mixed ability Year 6-8.

Fiona Holdsworth from Marotiri School

We are looking at product lifecycle in our design class and it showed what happens to the end of products when put into rubbish, and the importance of designers to design for end of life. It enabled students to critically think through what their consumption produces and it was a great way to show students something without having to physically go.

Amanda Beukes from Rangiora New Life School

Land Sky and Space

Amazing link and overlap with Chapter Chat and interests in my students. Kept them engaged. Being in a bi-lingual class the Māori terms and definitions helped to make connections for our learners and gave them a sense of value and pride.

Denise Barrington from Kerikeri Primary School

Well connected to the science curriculum and reading. Students found the background information easy to read and gave them lots of information. The audio was very helpful to some of my less able students.

Maureen Keane from Valley School

Used with Year 10 science, and they especially enjoyed joining the live web conference. HOD was impressed with engagement.

Lucy Meagher from Havelock North High School

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