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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.
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.
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.
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.
This field trip ended our term long unit on preparing for an emergency. It was spot on for my year 4-5 class, giving us a chance to hear from experts and people who experienced the earthquake. It also allowed us to ask questions and clarify our understanding. This has opened another door for me. It was so interesting, meaningful and relevant. It shows how technology can be used to extend learning. The students loved it - all rating the experience 9 or 10 out of 10. Thank you.
The field trip has been a great next step in learning from experts and hearing stories from our own back yard. Each morning of the field trip the kids have arrived enthused and ready to see what Andrew will be sharing with us today.
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.
Great Safety management ideas came through and layering on what we've learnt in Stan the Plan Learnz. Kia Pakari resource was fantastic. We had some great discussions on how different people help in the community and key messages endorsed such as - have a grab bag etc.
Matched well with the NZ Curriculum in Social sciences and Planet Earth science. My children did enjoy using the Maori vocab.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Authentic context and linked to our inquiry for term 2. Useful for promoting Key Competencies - we used thinking, managing self, participating and contributing.
LEARNZ field trips like Kōkako are great for inquiry projects to show children another way to find information and to feed into passions.
Students interested, good to have Māori view, overall great learning for kids. Relevant and NZ based learning about the Living World and conservation.