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Term 2 starting 9 June 2015.



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Ever wondered what happens to your rubbish? On this field trip you will follow a piece of rubbish ... from lollipop to landfill. You will see how simple decisions we make every day can reduce the amount of rubbish heading to landfills. Your field trip journey in massive trucks, diggers and bulldozers will see how a modern state-of-the-art landfill is managed to not only protect the environment but enhance it for future generations. This trip will inspire personal inquiry and hopefully trigger action at home, school and play.

To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • Our roles as citizens: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and more
  • Your rights and responsibilities as consumers
  • What is rubbish and what do we do with it?
  • Why do landfills exist?
  • What is a modern landfill like?
  • Innovation at Kate Valley, a 21st Century operation
  • The environment and modern landfills
  • How landfills are built to cope with extreme events like earthquakes, strong winds and heavy rain
  • Kate Valley biodiversity project
  • Who works at a landfill, what do they do and how are they kept safe?
  • The future of rubbish, waste and landfills

During this field trip you will:

  • Prepare a meal and work out how little time it takes to sort waste at this stage
  • Follow the journey from curbside collection to Canterbury's Kate Valley landfill
  • Be inducted and get kitted out so you can enter the working area of the landfill
  • Gain permission to drive around Kate Valley to get close to the action
  • Sit beside workers as they operate big machinery at the landfill
  • Use the technology which aids automation and produces real-time data to help keep people safe
  • Measure the amount of electricity generated from landfill material
  • Investigate the role of the downstream wetland area and settling ponds
  • Inspect the data logging technology and make sense of the real-time data produced by the instruments that measure water quality
  • Plant native seedlings in the surrounding 400Ha Tiromoana Bush Area and Walk
  • Walk and mountain bike on the public walkway that is part of the Kate Valley Project

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • Reflect on how much rubbish you produce
  • Scrutinise your practices around reducing, reusing and recycling
  • Find out more about your local landfill
  • Influence at least one other person to improve they way they behave as a citizen in dealing with rubbish

Where you will go

Did you know that we in New Zealand dispose of enough rubbish to fill a rugby field 30 stories high every month - even though over half of the rubbish we put in our rubbish bags can be recycled or composted! It's the choices we make that determine how much rubbish goes to landfills. This field trip takes you to the Kate Valley landfill in North Canterbury. In 2005 Kate Valley replaced 52 old landfills spread throughout Canterbury and combined them into a single operation. Kate Valley is about 60km north of Christchurch just off SH1 near Waipara. The landfilling operation uses 37 Hectares and the entire site is 1,000 Ha. After sorting and compacting, waste comes from as far away as Ashburton.

Teacher comments about previous LEARNZ field trips

"Excellent self paced real world learning. Great to have multi media resources students could relate to." Kevin Mellon from Sommerville School

"Best when you build an inquiry unit around the Field Trip. Being able to ask (live) questions using Back Channel was particularly useful during audioconferences." Rachel O'Connell from Lawrence Area School

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Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-4, Physical World Level 2, Material World Level 2; Social Sciences: Social Studies Levels 2-5; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-4, Continuity and Change Levels 2-4, Economic World Levels 2-4; Technology Levels 2-4

  • Vision, Values, Key Competencies, Principles, Literacy and Numeracy

    By their nature, LEARNZ field trips integrate with the higher levels of the NZ Curriculum. Participation encourages development of the Key Competencies around Thinking, Using language, symbols and text, Managing self, Relating to others, and Participating and contributing. Teachers indicate this in testimonials. LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Literacy, with opportunities to develop skills in Listening, Reading and Viewing and in Speaking, Writing and Presenting. More about LEARNZ as a Reading Resource and student writing opportunities with LEARNZ. Select LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Numeracy, encouraging the development of skills in Number and Algebra, in Statistics and in Geometry and Measurement.

  • ESOL

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  • What's in a Field Trip

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  • How teachers use LEARNZ

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