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Summary Page: Our Primary Industries - unpacking the apple story
Term 2 starting 21 May 2019.



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The humble apple has come along way since it was first planted in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1819. Did you know that New Zealand is now considered the best apple growing country in the world? Here's why. During this field trip you will follow the journey of the world's tastiest apples from a Hawke's Bay orchard to the shopping baskets of discerning consumers all around the world.

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

  • apple varieties and characteristics
  • the value of apples
  • Hawke's Bay as New Zealand's "fruit basket"
  • consumers and consumer preferences
  • selective breeding and genetics, yields
  • opportunities and threats for apple growing in New Zealand
  • the journey of apples from seed to growing to eating
  • the role of Plant & Food Research New Zealand.

During this field trip you will:

  • follow Shelley's tweets on twitter
  • visit a Hawke's Bay orchard to follow how apples are grown and harvested
  • take part in selected orchard tasks like apple pruning, spraying, planting, and storage
  • go to a facility to follow how apples are handled post-harvest
  • get an overview of Integrated Pest Management
  • investigate cross-pollination and sticky traps
  • gather soil samples to gain an insight into maintaining soil health
  • take control of an unmanned aircraft to control codling moth for bioprotection
  • visit an agricultural research facility to learn about the latest findings.

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • try eating a new apple variety for the first time
  • try a new cooking recipe with apples
  • try eating an unusual fruit for the first time
  • consider planting your own apple tree of a suitable variety (at home or school)
  • find out more about the contribution of agriculture to New Zealand
  • investigate study options and careers in apples, fruit and our other primary industries.

Where you will go

Your apple journey starts in Hawke's Bay, a traditional "fruit basket" area of New Zealand, on the east coast of the North Island. The soils and climate of Hawke's Bay are suitable for growing apples and for many other forms of agriculture. Hawke's Bay also has a lot of irrigated flat land and infrastructure such as processing and packaging plants. It also has its own port at Napier for exporting produce.

Teacher comments about related field trips

"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 their LEARNZ virtual field trip experiences.

Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 2-5; 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 2-5, Place and Environment 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, apples, biodiversity, border security, consumer, disease, environment, food, food processing, food safety, future focus, habitat, Hawkes Bay, horticulture, innovation, orcharding, pests, planting, plants, quarantine, risks, science, soil, sun, sustainability, water, water quality

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