Teacher testimonials

Antarctica

My class of all boys love the LEARNZ background readings and activities; their non-fiction reading levels have all improved. They like the fact that they can work at their level and at their own pace. They all love science and anything (like LEARNZ) that helps develop their understanding of how our world works.

Angela Moeke from St Patrick's Catholic School Taupo

It made the students aware of the value of the work done in Antarctica, both in the past and in the present, more effectively than just reading about it.

Jacinta Drummond from Mount Hutt College

Students love them (LEARNZ field trips) - they are engaging, use real life contexts which have an impact on students' lives, encourage whanau involvement. Fabulous resource.

Caroline Arnold from Lepperton School

It has taken my students to new worlds of understanding, given them purpose and focus to read and write about a 'real-life' topic that is of interest to them.

Alice Keeling from Springston School

We integrated the learning across all curriculum areas, which was easily done. All my students enjoy learning in this way and the background reading was perfect for my Year 4 class.

Jacqueline Barrett from Westbrook School

It definitely ticked the boxes. A great topic. We enjoyed all that was on offer.

Lorena McStay from Templeton School

We loved the field trip! Thanks so much for all that you do. It is such an engaging way to connect with various areas of the curriculum.

Sarah Trethewey from Katikati Primary School

Real life engagement with scientists on ice was interesting - great for students to see what we had been studying in real life.

Vanessa Carnevale from Waiheke High School

Having all of the Antarctica resources together makes it very easy for students to self-explore the parts of the topic they are especially interested in. The real benefit for us has been having all of the audio with the readings for my lower readers; they prefer to listen and the NZ accent of the reader is a bonus.

Lisa O'Connor from St Teresa's School Featherston

I thought LEARNZ did a great job of mixing up content that covered multiple curriculum areas in a logical and accessible way. Most of the time my Year 8-9 class were engaged and absorbed by what was happening.  Well done.

Adrian Humm from Ruawai College

My curriculum focus was supported fully by the LEARNZ Antarctica programme and two NIWA scientists visiting the class in person helped no end to endorse what we had learned. Some students were able to really drive their own learning, while having the two levels for reading enabled some of my less able readers to participate more fully. 

Valerie Moratti from Havelock North Intermediate

Students became very curious with lots of wonderings about Antarctica and they decided that science is really cool. The field trip made for fun learning and helped us use the i-pads and laptops more effectively for independent research.

Paula O'Neill from New River Primary

Excellent presentation and a great learning experience for the students. Students really enjoyed a different approach to learning and it was good that the weaker readers were able to participate.

Susan Dane from Elm Park School

This was so engaging for our class. This is a great way to bring science alive in the classroom and it led to so many discussions.

Amie-Lee Mills from Te Akau ki Papamoa Primary School

Students were highly engaged, especially by the videos and photos of our ambassador. Students who need extra support with literacy really appreciated the easy to read background material.

Cristy Yonetani from St Mark's School Christchurch

Interactive, engaging and highly motivating. Helps create partnership between home and school as students are extremely keen to share the field trip experiences with their parents.

Karen Edwards from Brightwater School

Rather than just researching independently about Antarctica, the students enjoyed having a variety of tools at their fingertips. The mixture of videos, photos, quiz etc kept students interested and being able to listen to the information rather than having to read it is highly beneficial.

Marcia Karaitiana from West Gore School

This field trip has been the highlight of the year for all the students. Amazing enthusiasm from the whole school.

Emily Wells from St Mark's School Christchurch

It was a very REAL and engaging focus for a lot of different interest groups. Use of the Audio conferences was a first and was very impactful for the students.

Jean Mallinson from Alfriston School

Garden Bird Survey

It was fantastic - my students learnt so much about the birds in our backyard and also about our native birds. I have used LEARNZ for many years now and it is the first thing I look at when planning my year, for either inquiry units or pure units that I can cover on real kiwi issues that the kids can understand.

Daniele Cuthbert from Edgecumbe School

Geohazards

We live in a geothermal area so its relevance to our community makes this field trip appropriate. The field trips are a shared social experience that provides the opportunity for students to encounter and explore novel things in an authentic New Zealand setting.

Ngareta Te Whau from Malfroy School

Whats the Plan Stan?

It was well organised and at the students' levels so no-one was left behind. They now have a good understanding of what to do next in the case of an emergency.

Amanda Carter from Pukekohe Intermediate

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

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

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

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