Summary Page: Waka Voyaging - exploring hauora during an ocean adventure
Term 1 starting 21 February 2017.
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Note 1: Date changed to the week starting 20 February 2017.
Note 2: this the second LEARNZ Waka Voyaging virtual field trip.
Learning about waka and waka voyaging 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 Māori and Pasifika peoples.
During this field trip your class will prepare for and go sailing aboard the waka Nukutaiao. The Nukutaiao Waka Hourua is a traditional double hulled ocean-going sailing vessel being prepared for a voyage from Aotearoa New Zealand to Noumea, New Caledonia. Your students will join the waka crew in Northland as they prepare for their 1600km, 3-week ocean voyage. Go to Nukutaiao on FaceBook
You will be in safe hands! The Nukutaiao Waka Hourua has performed numerous coastal voyages and has proven its capability to sail in rough weather. The Waka crews eight people, with four operating it at a time.
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. You also don't want to get lost so you will learn the skills of traditional navigation using a star compass.
Under sail, join the youth ambassador and the LEARNZ teacher as you live and work in cramped conditions, eating, sleeping and living with the crew. You will need to bring your own sense of purpose and have knowledge, skills, fitness, stamina and patience! Bring it on! Enrol now.
To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:
Tangaroa, the god of the sea
migration and exploration
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)
waka voyages to and from New Zealand
what is a waka hourua?
sailing terms and ideas
an holistic approach to Waka Voyaging
During this field trip you will:
see Andrew's tweets on twitter
meet the skipper, Dr Takirirangi, and the crew of the waka
explore the roles of each crew member and how they have trained and prepared themselves for this adventure
be inducted onto the Nukutaiao, a traditional based waka hourua
go over the plans, preparations and challenges of the voyage
live with the crew onboard - prepare meals, find somewhere to sleep, share stories and entertain each other, and sort out how to keep clean and maintain physical health
catch fish to feed the voyagers
trim the sails and steer the waka on full day voyages
learn about the connections between waka, traditional language, environment, culture and Hauora or well-being
use a star compass to learn about traditional navigation
spend time outdoors 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
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 Northland and start your virtual field trip experience by meeting the waka Nukutaiao at Te Aurere after its journey from Waitangi. Over the following days, take part in sea trials and training in preparation for the voyage to Noumea, New Caledonia.
Teacher comments about previous Waka Voyaging LEARNZ field trips
"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.
"It helped to provide a traditional context for teamwork, which was the focus of our inquiry last term. I felt the information was a good level for our learners (year 4)." Warwick King from Otatara School.
Go to more comments from teachers about previous Waka Voyaging 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 Waka Voyaging) 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.
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.
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 page 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,
live audioconferences enhanced by chat, webcam and image uploads via Adobe Connect (and recorded for replay),
profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, ambassador (mascot) page updates,
and Ask-an-Expert which is a device-friendly web board for students to post questions for answering overnight.
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 comprise a unique collection of real, contemporary New Zealand teaching and learning material.
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Inquiry Topics: adventure, culture, customs, early settlers, expedition, explorers, goal setting, hauora, heritage, identity, islands, iwi, leadership, local iwi, mahika kai, managing resources, Māori, marine environment, migration, Northland, ocean currents, oceans, Outdoor Education, outdoor pursuits, Pacific Ocean, people in the past, personal health, Polynesian origins, resource use, traditions, weather, wind
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