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Term 1 starting 18 February 2020.



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Want to get out and explore some of Aotearoa's unique places? Well, this is your chance! Join us on a journey across one of New Zealand's most unique mountain areas. You will see how to plan your adventure, learn about the different forms of land ownership, and how to safely and legally cross different land types.

Throughout Aotearoa there are hundreds of tracks and trails to explore. Some of these are world famous tracks such as the Great Walks in National Parks while others are in reserves or on privately owned land such as farms. On this field trip you will discover how to find your nearest tracks and trails, build your fitness and skills while enhancing your wellbeing. You will meet farmers, landowners and conservationists and see how covenants can be created to protect areas with planting projects and pest control, for you and future generations to enjoy.

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

  • The benefits of undertaking an outdoor journey
  • How to find tracks and trails in your own area
  • Gaining access to privately owned areas of special interest
  • How special places can be protected forever
  • The rights and responsibilities of outdoor users and landholders
  • New Zealand's unique flora and fauna
  • How to prepare for your own adventure
  • Sharing trails
  • How to maintain and boost biodiversity
  • Cultural and historic stories of the area
  • Managing a variety of land uses
  • Track etiquette and following environmental care codes

During the field trip you will:

  • Follow Teanau on his outdoor journey
  • Use apps and technology to locate suitable tracks and trails
  • Take a closer look at flora and fauna and use technology to help you identify species
  • Walk or bike the trail
  • Explore the role of a variety of native species in the local ecosystem
  • See examples of how everything is interconnected and how small changes can impact upon all living things
  • Look at tourism and how it's managed
  • See how farmers manage land
  • Spot signs of stoats, rats and possums
  • Check tracking tunnels and set traps
  • See the work being done to protect wildlife and special plants
  • Get to know DOC rangers and the work they do
  • Help identify and reduce pest plant species.

After the field trip:

  • Plan your own outdoor trail activity
  • Make a statement about or place your own value on New Zealand's outdoor trails and walks
  • Identify your favourite local trail or walk
  • Describe the experience of using your nearest local trail or walk
  • Investigate qualifications and careers in the outdoors

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

Teacher comments

"It linked to our sustainability unit. We liked it because we felt we were there, and the scientists connected with us". Rebecca Bishop from Gladstone School

"Great info from fantastic experts guiding us through a real conservation/science issue. Fitted perfectly with our term unit on Native Plants and Animals". Christopher Wratt from Hanmer Springs School.

"Well planned, organised, interesting, and good interactive stuff for the students". Susan Dane from Elm Park School.

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Where you will go

Before Europeans arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand, Ngāi Tahu moved around nearly the whole of Te Waipounamu (South Island). They hunted and gathered following the lifecycles of animals and plants. The high country was an important area for their seasonal food gathering.

In more recent times the South Island's high country has been popular for farming and recreation.

During this trip, you will be based in the high country near Wanaka among the Southern Lakes. In recent decades more of spectacular high country like this has been opened up to public access. Now we can all walk on tracks and trails that enable us to experience the high alpine environments, and enjoy the flora and fauna of their wetlands, forest and shrublands.

Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Personal Health and Physical Development Levels 2-5; Science: Living World Levels 2-5, Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-5; Social Studies: Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 2-4, Continuity and Change Levels 2-4, Place and Environment Levels 2-4; Technology Levels 1-3

  • 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 daily additions such as a diary, video clips, profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, live tweets on twitter, and ambassador (mascot) page updates. Live web conferences on our enterprise-level Zoom platform scales to enable multiple teachers to manage 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 school assembly or 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 some of over 1,000 teacher comments in testimonials. 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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Inquiry Topics: adventure, biodiversity, changing values, citizen science, citizenship, community involvement, conservation, ecology, environment, environmental impacts, expedition, future focus, goal setting, guardianship, hauora, heritage, human impacts, identity, kaitiaki, kaitiakitanga, land use, managing resources, monitoring change, native species, navigation, Outdoor Education, outdoor pursuits, people and the environment, people in the past, personal health, perspectives, pests, physical activity, resource use, restoration, risk management, science, scientific research, sustainability, threatened species, tramping, values, viewpoints, weather

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