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Summary Page: Marine Reserves
Term 1 starting 19 February 2019.



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Marine reserves, just like National Parks, are protected areas along our coastline. They have lots of benefits including keeping the marine ecosystem strong, protecting cultural values, acting as a nursery for fish (that can be caught outside the reserve) and as a place to experience what our seas used to be like before humans arrived. With 44 Marine Reserves in New Zealand there will be one not far from where you live!

The Kapiti Marine Reserve, sheltered by Kapiti Island, is famous for its blue moki, kingfish, seals, penguins and dolphins. It was one of New Zealand's first, established in 1992.

This trip is an ideal lead-up to Seaweek and will let you see first hand how 25 years of protection have allowed the undersea world to flourish.

Explore biodiversity above and beneath the waves, including native and endemic species. Learn about spin-off activities like tourism, fishing and diving, and how they are managed sustainably. Go out on a boat and take some great photos and videos underwater. Get to know rangers and scientists who work to help keep the marine reserve full of life. Enrol now.

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

  • New Zealand's marine reserves
  • Marine food webs
  • Kapiti Marine Reserve
  • New Zealand's ocean biodiversity
  • Marine research
  • Recording living things on the iNaturalistNZ app or Marine Metre Squared (MM2)
  • Ocean scientists, marine biologists and rangers

To help plan for this field trip and for ideas on activities to introduce marine reserves to students, visit the Protecting our Marine World education resource on the DOC website.

Protecting our Marine World is an integrated curriculum teaching resource with New Zealand's marine reserves as a real-life context for learning. The resource links to the New Zealand Curriculum at levels 1-4, but can be adapted for use at various levels. It has been developed for primary school students and teachers (years 1-8). The resource contains teaching and learning material to support a unit of work grounded in Environmental Education for Sustainability (EEfS)/conservation education themes and incorporates aspects of Te Ao Māori (a Māori world view). The unit is based on an integrated, inquiry learning process.

During this field trip you will:

  • follow tweets from Andrew, the LEARNZ field trip teacher
  • Go on a boat trip around Kapiti Marine Reserve to explore what lives there
  • Look out for seals and dolphins as well as seabirds
  • Go snorkelling to look for "kingies" and other fish
  • Explore the seafloor to see what else lives down there
  • Help marine researchers with data gathering to estimate populations
  • Do some citizen science as you find, catch, identify, classify, record and release living things from the sea
  • Interview and put questions to marine scientists and rangers
  • Get up close to local marine species and observe their special features

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • Find your closest marine reserve and plan a visit
  • Place your own value on New Zealand's marine reserves
  • Investigate study options and careers in marine science

The LEARNZ Team think that joining NZASE and staying connected through NZ Science Teacher will help you become a better teacher of science.

Where you will go

Your marine reserves journey starts in Wellington. Drive 30k north to Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast and catch a boat out to the marine reserve that includes Kapiti Island. Kapiti Marine Reserve is over 2,000 hectares and was created in 1992. It has abundant sea life including blue moki, kingfish, seals and dolphins. It has popular dive spots including the Hole-in-the-Wall underwater archway. Kapiti Island is a predator-free island bird sanctuary and one of New Zealand's most accessible nature reserves with rare birds such as kākā, kōkako, takahē and hihi. Research is an ongoing activity, on land and sea.

Teacher comments about related field trips

"The field trip was a great way to hook the class into our Te Moana inquiry and the children loved it! LEARNZ is a super learning tool that links well in obvious and explicit ways to many aspects of the NZ Curriculum". Zoe Smith from Moturoa School (from the 2017 Marine Mammals virtual field trip).

"Integrated perfectly with our current Year 6 Living World topic about life cycles and threats to NZ marine species. Resources are fantastic! Excellent for sustainability and future focus learning". Dorothy Hutton from Columba College (from the 2017 Marine Mammals virtual field trip).

"The children enjoyed the focus on marine mammals and the field trip was a very effective, engaging way of learning. Supported the overall vision of the NZC to become confident, connected life-long learners along with Values around Community Engagement and Future Focus. Supported the Learning Areas of Social Science, Science". Jillian Evans from St Margaret's College (from the 2018 Wetland Biodiversity field trip).

Go to more comments from teachers about previous Marine field trips.

Learning Areas/Levels

Mathematics and Statistics: Number and Algebra Levels 2-4, Statistics Levels 2-4; Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Nature of Science Levels 2-4; Social Studies: Continuity and Change Levels 2-4, Place and Environment 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

    As well as providing visual and audio material and access to real experiences, LEARNZ links well to ESOL Principles, especially Principle 3 Maintain and make explicit the same learning outcomes for all the learners. How can I make the lesson comprehensible to all students? How can I plan the learning tasks so that all the students are actively involved? Do my students understand the learning outcomes? Principle 4 Begin with context embedded tasks which make the abstract concrete. How can I put these concepts into a concrete context?

  • What's in a Field Trip

    Every LEARNZ field trip has its own newly-built, self-contained web site ready for integration into your teaching and learning programme. Teacher Support has curriculum integration, resources, newsletters, support and evaluation. Prepare Students provides opportunities for student inquiry on two sets of image-rich background pages at reading levels 2 years apart, (students can click to have those pages read to them out loud), online interactive and other activities to check students' understanding, and a glossary. During the field trip there are live tweets on twitter, and daily additions such as a diary, video clips, profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, and ambassador (mascot) page updates. Live web conferences via Adobe Connect enable teachers to managed students putting prepared and spontaneous questions to experts (recorded for replay). After the field trip, teachers are encouraged to take further action with their class in the community or to go on a related field trip, or to invite a guest speaker, or to present what they have learned to a wider group. Teachers also fill in an online evaluation (more about reflective practice), the field trip prize winner is drawn, and the final newsletter is sent. Content remains online for continued use.

  • How teachers use LEARNZ

    View teacher comments in testimonials and in the LEARNZ Group on the VLN. There are two main ways teachers use a LEARNZ virtual field trip with their class. Firstly, a LEARNZ field trip is ideally an immersive, engaging, synchronous, online learning experience with real-time components and a myriad of opportunities for teachers and students. Secondly, and less ideal but still effective, a LEARNZ field trip can be used as a retrospective experience where the resources such as photos, text, activities, videos and audioconferences/web conferences comprise a unique collection of authentic, contemporary New Zealand teaching and learning material.

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