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Summary Page: Our Primary Industries - sustainable futures through animal welfare, biosecurity, and food systems
Term 2 starting 6 June 2017.



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Food comes from the supermarket. Right? Well we know that isn't the whole answer. All the things we need to live come from the land or sea: either here in New Zealand or overseas. When we go to the supermarket we need to know that what we buy is safe. On this field trip you'll travel to forests and farms to see how what we produce on the land and sea, is safe for us, safe for our country and that animals have been well treated.

In our 21st century globalised economy, we now all consume a mixture of local and international products. Nowadays our primary industries are a broad mix of small businesses and larger enterprises who produce, process and move more goods around New Zealand and export to more countries across the globe than ever before. For a sustainable future, we need 21st century research and innovative practices. We need to have robust and internationally renowned Animal Welfare, Biosecurity and Food systems that work well together to protect and grow our primary industries.

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

  • farming, aquaculture and forestry in New Zealand
  • managing threats to our primary industries
  • the Nelson area as a place to raise animals and grow plants
  • aquaculture and mussel farming
  • forestry - native and exotic trees
  • milking sheep to make cheese
  • sustainability - economic, environmental
  • biodiversity
  • food safety
  • biosecurity
  • animal welfare
  • ethical pest management (e.g. possums)
  • the concept of value-add in relation to agricultural
  • laboratories and hi-tech research

During the field trip, you will:

  • fly (virtually) with the LEARNZ team to Nelson
  • go on a boat trip to collect/harvest mussels on a mussel farm
  • visit a mussel hatchery based in an aquaculture park
  • visit a mussel processing operation
  • visit a forest
  • visit a timber production plant and follow the processing of engineered timber
  • visit a sheep farm
  • milk sheep and learn how to make sheep milk cheese
  • visit a science laboratory/research facility to find out about their latest research and what the future could hold
  • find out more about how value is added to New Zealand's farm and forestry products
  • find out how pests and diseases can impact the primary industries and how the regulations in place help prevent and manage biosecurity risk in aquaculture
  • find out about on-farm pest and disease management
  • discover more about how existing pests are managed eg possum, rabbits, velvet leaf, kauri dieback
  • relate Nelson's experiences to your area

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • assess animal welfare in New Zealand compared to other countries
  • decide on your own biosecurity values
  • find out more about your responsibilities regarding biosecurity when travelling to other countries, especially when returning to New Zealand
  • learn more about where your favourite cheese, shellfish or fruit comes from
  • find out where wood in your house comes from eg walls, indoor and outdoor furniture

Where you will go

You will travel to the Nelson-Marlborough region, where high sunshine hours and a mild climate help plants and animals thrive. You will visit a marine farm to harvest mussels, see how they are raised, and visit an operation that processes them. You will visit a forestry and processing plant that makes engineered timber. You will explore a sheep farm and processing plant that makes cheese from sheep milk. Lastly, you will look around a research lab and see examples of New Zealand science and how this helping our primary industries to remain competitive and safe in a global market.

Teacher comments

"Direct connection to what we were studying in our syndicate, all resources in one place, real people and real context helped engage the children in the learning. All resources are New Zealand appropriate and very suitable for my Year 5&6 class". Lisa O'Connor from St Teresa's School Featherston.

"I found the easy background pages appropriate for most students and the ability to have the text read to them was really helpful. Motivating and interesting - my Year 4 students especially enjoyed the videos". Gina Wan from Levin East School.

"The field trips cater for a number of learning styles providing visual, written and audio information. I love using Learnz with my class. Thank you for providing this fabulous resource". Jennifer Barrow from Kaniere School.

Go to more comments from teachers about LEARNZ virtual field trips.

Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 2-5; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-5, Continuity and Change Levels 2-5, Economic World Levels 2-4; Technology: Nature of 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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Inquiry Topics: adding value, aquaculture, biodiversity, biofouling, biosecurity, border security, consumer, disease, engineered timber, farm, food, food processing, food safety, forestry, future focus, innovation, mussels, Nelson, pests, quarantine, risks, seafood, sheep milk cheese, soil, sun, sustainability, timber, timber processing, water, water quality, wood, wood processing

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