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All LEARNZ field trips targeting primary and secondary schools are closely linked to the New Zealand curriculum, in particular health and physical education, science and social studies. They can also be used by other subject teachers.

Key concepts

Community involvement, disasters, earthquakes, emergencies, emergency management, extreme natural events, future focus, hazards, infrastructure, landslides, leadership, management, perspectives, planning for earthquakes, publicity, resilience, risk management, story telling, values, viewpoints.

The New Zealand Curriculum - NZC

Key Competencies

LEARNZ virtual field trips contribute to the development of all five key competencies:

Key Competencies Examples of Related Field Trip Components
Thinking Constructing questions to put to experts during web conferences.
Using language, symbols and texts Interpreting and making meaning of a variety of language and symbols in the Background Pages and throughout the web site.
Managing self Numerous content-related Activities provide students with chances to engage with the material and create their own interpretation of the content.
Relating to others Videos connect students with a range of expert opinions. Students listen actively when seeking answers to video questions.
Participating and contributing LEARNZ Virtual Field Trips are an ideal medium for group-based topic inquiry. They also enable students to transfer new learning into the context of their own communities where they are encouraged to take action.

(See page 12-13 NZC 2007)


The Adapting After Emergencies field trip encourages, models and explores these values:

  • innovation, inquiry and curiosity
  • ecological sustainability
  • community and participation

(see page 10 NZC 2007).

E-learning and pedagogy

The Adapting After Emergencies field trip directly involves learning that is supported by information and communication technology (ICT).

In particular, the trip will:

  • Assist the making of connections by enabling students to enter and explore new learning environments, overcoming barriers of distance and time.
  • Facilitate shared learning by enabling students to join or create communities of learners that extend well beyond the classroom.
  • Enhance opportunities to learn by offering students virtual experiences and tools that save them time, allowing them to take their learning further (Page 36 NZC 2007).

Health and Physical Education

Strand Achievement Aims

Personal health and physical development - A


A2 Regular physical activity

L2: Experience creative, regular, and enjoyable physical activities and describe the benefits to well-being.

L3: Maintain regular participation in enjoyable physical activities in a range of environments and describe how these assist in the promotion of well-being.

L4: Demonstrate an increasing sense of responsibility for incorporating regular and enjoyable physical activity into their personal lifestyle to enhance well-being.

L5: Experience a range of personally enjoyable physical activities and describe how varying levels of involvement affect well-being and lifestyle balance.

A3 Safety management

L2: Identify risk and use safe practices in a range of contexts.

L3: Identify risks and their causes and describe safe practices to manage these.

L4: Access and use information to make and action safe choices in a range of contexts.

L5: Investigate and practise safety procedures and strategies to manage risk situations.

A4 Personal identity

L2: Identify personal qualities that contribute to a sense of self-worth.

L3: Describe how their own feelings, beliefs, and actions, and those of other people, contribute to their personal sense of self-worth.

L4: Describe how social messages and stereotypes, including those in the media, can affect feelings of self-worth.

L5: Investigate and describe the ways in which individuals define their own identity and sense of self-worth and how this influences the ways in which they describe other people.

Healthy communities and environments - D

D1 Societal attitudes and values

L2: Explore how people’s attitudes, values, and actions contribute to healthy physical and social environments | Identify and use local community resources and explain how these contribute to a healthy community.

L3: Identify how health care and physical activity practices are influenced by community and environmental factors.

L4: Investigate and describe lifestyle factors and media influences that contribute to the well-being of people in New Zealand.

L5: Investigate societal influences on the well-being of student communities.

D2 Community resources

L2: Identify and use local community resources and explain how these contribute to a healthy community.

L3: Participate in communal events and describe how such events enhance the well-being of the community.

L4: Investigate and/or access a range of community resources that support well-being and evaluate the contribution made by each to the well-being of community members.

L5: Investigate community services that support and promote people’s well-being and take action to promote personal and group involvement.

Social Science

Strand Achievement Aims

Identity, Culture and Organisation

Continuity and Change

Place and Environment

Level 2: Understand how places influence people and people influence places.

Level 3: Understand how people make decisions about access to and use of resources.

Level 4: Understand that events have causes and effects.

Level 5: Understand how people’s management of resources impacts on environmental and social sustainability.


Strand Achievement Aims

Planet Earth and Beyond

Planet Earth and Beyond

Earth systems

  • L2: Explore and describe natural features and resources.
  • L3: Appreciate that water, air, rocks and soil, and life forms make up our planet and recognise that these are also Earth’s resources.
  • L4: Develop an understanding that water, air, rocks and soil, and life forms make up our planet and recognise that these are also Earth’s resources.
  • L5: Investigate the composition, structure, and features of the geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere.

Interacting Systems

  • L2: Describe how natural features are changed and resources affected by natural events and human actions.
  • L7: Develop an understanding of the causes of natural hazards and their interactions with human activity on Earth.


The selected processes and strategies indicators used in the table below are from Level three of the NZC, but aim to cover indicators from levels two to four.

Strand Processes and Strategies Indicators Example of Related Field Trip Component

Speaking, Writing and Presenting 

Speaking writing and presenting

  1. uses an increasing understanding of the connections between oral, written, and visual language when creating texts
  2. creates a range of texts by integrating sources of information and processing strategies with increasing confidence
  1. making the connection between Web conferences, Background Pages, Videos, and own discussion when generating written responses
  2. assimilate information from Web conferences, Background Pages and Videos to create a range of texts

Listening, Reading and Viewing


  1. selects and reads for enjoyment and personal fulfilment
  2. recognises connections between oral, written, and visual language
  3. integrates sources of information and prior knowledge confidently to make sense of increasingly varied and complex texts
  4. thinks critically about texts with increasing understanding and confidence
  1. printed copies of Background Pages could be part of classroom library
  2. making links between Web conferences, Background Pages, and Videos
  3. web conferences, Videos and Diaries can be used to make sense of Background Pages and generate questions to put to experts for further clarification