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Summary Page: Spirit of Adventure - exploring hauora during a sailing adventure
Term 3 starting 19 September 2017.



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On this field trip you will join students from other schools on the 45m, three-masted barquentine Spirit of New Zealand! You will be part of a team to help sail the ship around the Hauraki Gulf as well as compete for the prestigious Spirit Trophy!

Learning about sailing is a story of connections. You will connect with an important part of Aotearoa New Zealand history which reinforces our place in the Pacific region. You will be in the outdoors connecting with the environment and understanding its patterns. You will be immersed in the language and traditions of English, Māori and Pasifika peoples.

Sailing on the open ocean is an exciting adventure but it does require careful preparation. You need a compelling reason, a fit-for-purpose vessel, trained and able crew, procedures for emergencies, ways of keeping positive, and ways of keeping clean, fed and hydrated. Activities during this field trip include ship-handling, teamwork, problem-solving, debating, and water sports (in and on the water). Teams also go ashore and complete tasks against each other and competitive games that involve ingenuity, leadership and fun. You will need to bring your own sense of purpose and have knowledge, skills, fitness, stamina, patience, and a willingness to contribute to team challenges! Bring it on! Enrol now.

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

  • sailing
  • adventure and hauora (Taha wairua / spiritual well-being; taha hinengaro / mental and emotional well-being; taha tinana / physical well-being; and taha whānau / social well-being)
  • sailing ships
  • navigation
  • sailing terms and ideas
  • the Hauraki Gulf

During this field trip you will:

  • see Andrew's tweets on twitter
  • meet the skipper and the professional crew of the sailing ship
  • meet school students who are members of teams that will operate the sailing ship
  • explore the roles of crew members and how they have trained and prepared themselves for this adventure
  • be inducted onto the sailing ship
  • go over the plans, preparations and challenges of the voyage
  • live with everyone onboard - prepare meals, sail the ship, do a stint on night watch, take part in team challenges, do chores, keep clean, and maintain physical health
  • trim the sails and steer the ship on full day voyages
  • learn about the connections between English, Māori and Pasifika language, with sailing, environment, culture and Hauora or well-being
  • spend time outdoors on an island in the Hauraki Gulf, connecting with the environment and understanding its patterns

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • go on a boat trip: observe the roles of the crew, inspect the design of the vessel, and find out how it is steered and navigated
  • try sailing or windsurfing and learn how to trim sails so you can run with the wind and tack into the wind
  • prepare for and go on an adventure, putting into practice what you have learnt
  • explore somewhere or something new and use observation strategies you have learnt during this field trip

Where you will go

Fly to Auckland, the City of Sails. Get yourself across town to the Spirit of Adventure HQ and board your sailing ship, tied up at Queen's wharf. Your adventure playground for the next few days is the Hauraki Gulf and its islands.

The Hauraki Gulf has important connections for Māori far back in history and in modern times has also been an important recreation and sailing area for a nearby population of nearly 2 million people, that includes Auckland.

Teacher comments about previous LEARNZ Adventure field trips

"It (the virtual field trip) allowed our students to be involved and part of something that wouldn't be attainable in a normal classroom setting. It totally enhanced my learning programme and enabled me to get support and guidance using the NZ curriculum." Pauline Craven from Whakatane High School.

"Very relevant to our Term Two inquiry about Māoritanga and how it is shared and celebrated in NZ. I use LEARNZ withy my class because I am always able to find something that suits the children's interests, and the real-life situations are so relevant and motivating." Jennifer Coyle from Edendale School, Southland.

"This field trip was perfect for our combined Māori and Health studies for Term 1. My class were able to use this at school and in their home with parents. Very satisfying to observe students personalising the learning." Isobel Huggard from Katikati College.

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

More about Health and Physical Education and Hauora/Wellbeing

  • The field trip will focus on the four dimensions of hauora/wellbeing (in the context of the practical aspects and holistic approach to sailing) Taha Wairua: ​being at one with Tangaroa and the stars plus everyone in your crew. Taha Tinana: ​being physically able to handle the demands of the ocean and sailing. Taha Hinengaro: ​having the knowledge of how to sail safely and properly. Taha whanau: ​being completely as one whanau, as these are the people for whom you put your trust and life in on the water.

Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Personal Health and Physical Development Levels 2-5, Relationships with Other People Levels 2-5, Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 2-5; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-5, Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 2-5, Continuity and Change Levels 2-5

  • 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: adventure, Auckland, expedition, explorers, goal setting, hauora, heritage, identity, islands, leadership, managing resources, Māori, marine environment, migration, ocean currents, oceans, Outdoor Education, outdoor pursuits, Pacific Ocean, people and the environment, people in the past, personal health, risk management, traditions, voyaging, weather, wind

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