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Summary Page: Rail safety: walk-drive-ride safe around rail
Term 3 starting 11 August 2020.



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There are many types of trains and they are all pretty cool! An increasing number of rail lines and trains are taking people to more places than ever before. When people take trains instead of driving their cars, it makes our roads safer as they are less congested. It's also better for our health to get out and about and it's more sustainable for the planet when we drive less.

In some cities, catching a train to school or work is routine for many people. Freight trains are also common, which means we all come across level crossings where car drivers and the rest of us must stop and wait for a train to pass. Some students may have to cross a railway line every day as they walk or bike between school and home. So keeping safe around trains is important for everyone.

On this field trip during Rail Safety Week, look at the issues involving trains in New Zealand and find out why rail safety matters to us all. Meet people who are most involved with rail on a day-to-day basis and share your thoughts with them. Enrol now.

In preparation for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • Why trains are cool
  • The nostalgia of rail
  • 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
  • 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 the field trip you will:

  • Follow Andrew's tweets on twitter
  • Visit a train control centre
  • Interview a train driver
  • Ride a modern commuter train
  • Weigh up the benefits of rail electrification
  • Find out what is involved in upgrading a section of rail, along with its bridges, tunnels and pedestrian level crossings
  • Join students on their daily walk to school, as they make decisions on how to safely cross the railway line
  • Interview a transport planner
  • Visit a vintage railway to compare old with new
  • Take a car journey that involves 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:

  • Take a train ride for pleasure
  • Find a great rail journey you would like to do in New Zealand or overseas
  • Plan for and make safe decisions at rail crossings, by car or on foot or riding
  • Investigate study options and careers in the Rail industry
  • Use some of the rail safety curriculum resources from the NZTA Education Portal.

Where you will go

Travel to Auckland, the biggest city in Aotearoa. Auckland is well-known for the increasing number of cars on its roads, but its rail passenger and freight numbers are also on the rise. Connect with knowledgeable people about how rail features in our lives, along with big picture ideas like sustainability.

Teacher comments

"My students were able to relate to the content easily. Material naturally provided support for reinforcing the Key Competencies - Managing self and Relating to others. Cost effective way to bring authentic learning and experts into the classroom". Sandra Harnett from Rangiora Borough School.

"This field trip was very effective for my class because we have a railway line close to our school and within our community. I really wish I had to opportunity to learn in this way when I was at school. Everyday the tamariki in my class look look forward to accessing the new information, watching the web conferences and speaking to experts or listening to the audios". Jessica Redmond from Paerata School.

"Brought NZC alive e.g. "Participating and contributing" to create questions, as well as "Relating to others" by practising asking questions of experts. A sense of community and commitment extended from class group to wider world. Extended student view of He Waka Eke Noa". Laura Puru from Ranui School.

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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 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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