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Summary Page: People and Water - looking at our water networks
Term 2 starting 23 May 2017.



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Water is essential to life and is sacred to Māori. Water has often been used in centuries-old religious ceremonies such as baptisms and christenings. Survey results commonly show people in New Zealand attach strong values to water but with a growing population and increasing use of water, how can we manage our water?

Every time you make a drink, take a shower, wash the dishes, or go to the loo there is a story about where this water came from in the first place and another story about what happens to the wastewater. On this field trip you will trace the journeys of fresh water, in particular drinking water (potable water), stormwater, and wastewater and relate these stories to the story of water use in your region and ultimately to your own water use.

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

  • the Water Cycle
  • the value of water
  • catchments
  • fresh water - drinking water
  • wastewater
  • stormwater
  • treating water
  • managing water
  • storing water for cities, industries, farms and personal use
  • aquifers and drilling for water
  • conserving water

During this field trip you will:

  • follow Shelley's tweets on twitter
  • find out how much water Wellington uses
  • follow stormwater
  • follow wastewater
  • follow drinking water
  • visit the Hutt River, one of the sources of Wellington's water
  • visit Kaitoke, a water storage lake
  • visit a treatment station
  • visit a school and follow its water use
  • go to a car wash and see how wastewater is managed
  • visit a school to find out how they use local water amenities

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • measure how much water you use on a typical day
  • give yourself a rating for the care you take with water
  • take some personal action to conserve water and reduce your impact on our water networks
  • educate others about water conservation and our water networks
  • influence others to conserve water and protect our water networks
  • place your personal value on clean water
  • go to your local council's website and inspect its water section

Where you will go

Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand. It is a large city by New Zealand standards with a limited amount of flat land and it spreads up the surrounding hills. Wellington region has a large population which also takes in Hutt City, Upper Hutt and Porirua.

Wellington relies on the Hutt River and below-ground aquifers for its freshwater supply - it's a big job getting clean water to all its people. Then there is the job of handling stormwater from every road and building during extreme rainfall events. Lastly wastewater needs to get to treatment stations where it can be managed to the latest environmental standards before it can be discharged.

You can imagine the need for a complex array of pipes and pumps beside roads, through tunnels and over hills to make all this water work for the local region. On this field trip you will find out how the water network functions and what it means for you.

Teacher Comments

"LEARNZ field trips provide an inclusive blended elearning programme that has heightened student learning and enthusiasm for learning in my class. The information available to support planning and implementation of classroom programmes is amazing. The curriculum integration opportunities LEARNZ field trips presents has provided my students with a rich literacy programme. Parent feedback from our annual teaching and learning survey provided positive feedback about how effective and apparent the students learning is when participating on a LEARNZ field trip." Katrina Laurie from Clifton Terrace Model School

"This is a fantastic programme. The field trips are well organised and highly informative. The field trip catered to the learning needs and abilities of my diverse year 3 class. Special needs students were able to access the same information as their classmates, using listening tools and videos so that they could take part in class discussions. My higher ability students were able to complete their own online research." Shelley Galloway from Mt Somers Springburn School

"LEARNZ field trips are a good tool to provide a context to a Science programme at the Y7-9 level. Our topic was focused on L4 of curriculum looking at NZ birds with regards to conservation. Used one activity for national standard assessment." Rachel Mortimer from Columba College

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Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 2-4; Mathematics and Statistics: Number and Algebra Levels 2-4, Statistics Levels 2-4, Geometry and Measurement Levels 2-4; Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Planet Earth and Beyond 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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Inquiry Topics: conservation, drinking water, environment, fresh water, future focus, infrastructure, managing resources, potable water, recycling, rivers, stormwater, sustainability, wastewater, wastewater treatment, water, water cycle, water management, water quality, Wellington

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