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Summary Page: Rail Safety - more sustainable journeys in Aotearoa New Zealand
Term 3 starting 13 August 2019.



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Most of us get around in cars, either as drivers or passengers, so you might think rail has little to do with us nowadays. Think again - we all have to go through level crossings and sometimes have to stop and wait for a train. Many students walk or bike to school and some have a railway line between home and school that influences the route they take. In some cities catching a train to school or work is common, and even more rail lines and trains are being built to take people to more places than ever before. Keeping safe around trains is important.

The more people who take trains the safer and less congested our roads will be. Plus, it's better for our health to get out and about and more sustainable for the planet to stop using cars quite so often.

During Rail Safety Week, look at the serious issues there have been involving trains in New Zealand and find out why rail safety should concern you. On this trip, meet people who are most involved with rail on a day-to-day basis and share your thoughts with them. Enrol now.

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

  • Rail as a means of transport
  • New Zealand's rail system
  • Modern rail and the future
  • Rail safety
  • Rail Safety Week
  • Attitudes to rail and rail safety
  • Future Focus
  • The effects of new technology
  • New careers in and around rail

If your school is located near the rail corridor explore citizenship as personal responsibility or help solve rail safety issues by creating and using your own 'wicked problem' map.

During this field trip you will:

  • Follow Shelley's tweets on twitter
  • Ride a commuter train
  • Ride a freight train
  • Ride a tourist train
  • Interview a train driver
  • Interview a transport engineer and a transport planner
  • Go on a car journey that involves making decisions about crossing a railway line
  • Go on for walk with students that involves them making decisions about crossing a railway line
  • Talk with students about their attitudes to rail safety and what they have learned in Rail Safety Week

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • Take a train ride for pleasure
  • Plan for and make safe decisions at rail crossings
  • Investigate study options and careers in the Rail industry
  • Design a rail safety initiative for your school using design thinking
  • Use some of the rail safety curriculum resources from the NZTA Education Portal.

Where you will go

Go to Auckland where rail is highly visible and used in a variety of ways as part of this nation's transport infrastructure. Ride on a freight train, a commuter train (and a tourist train) and connect with people about the importance of rail and rail safety in New Zealand, now and in the future. Take a ride in the cab of a modern train, powered by diesel or electricity or both and debate the advantages and disadvantages of each for the jobs they do in the places go.

Teacher comments about related field trips

"High engagement in the elements presented. Great stimulation for discussion and further investigation. A powerful extension to our EOTC programme". Martin Dodge from Balclutha School (2014 - 2017 Waterview Connection series of virtual field trips).

"100% engagement! Lots of discussions both in the classroom and in homes. Really good for the children to see the teams on the videos talking about workplace treaties, working together, effective communication and all the things we talk about at in the classroom - quite a few lightbulb moments for students". Juliet Pendleton from Pt Chevalier School (2014 - 2017 Waterview Connection series of virtual field trips).

"Really got us thinking about cars, traffic, air pollution (in the tunnels) and safe alternatives like cycling. Very engaging and relevant material, presented well". John Brunton from Marshall Laing School (2014 - 2017 Waterview Connection series of virtual field trips).

Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 2-4; Mathematics and Statistics: Statistics Levels 2-4; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-4, Continuity and Change 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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