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Summary Page: What`s the plan, Stan? - getting ready for an emergency
Term 4 starting 17 October 2017.



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What will you do in an emergency? You probably already know to "Drop, Cover and Hold" during an earthquake. But as a citizen of New Zealand, we all need to know more about the six natural hazards that cause emergencies - floods, storms, earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, and landslides. More importantly, we need to know about the six impacts - Stuck at home; Can't get home; Have to evacuate; No power; No water; No phone or internet.

During this virtual field trip find out about New Zealand's history of emergencies caused by natural hazards. Explore the latest and best practice recommended for you and your school during an emergency. This field trip coincides with the 1-year anniversary of the release of the updated "What's the Plan, Stan?" resources for schools.

Key dates:

  • 9-15 October - "Get Ready Week" (in school holidays)
  • 13 October - annual International Day for Disaster Reduction (in school holidays)
  • 17-19 October - LEARNZ What's the plan, Stan? virtual field trip (Week 1, Term 4)
  • 5 November - World Tsunami Day (on a Sunday).

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

  • the "What's the Plan, Stan?" resources for schools
  • why it is important for all New Zealanders to be prepared for an emergency
  • the six types of natural hazards that cause emergencies in New Zealand
  • New Zealand's history of emergencies and why we should know about them
  • the risk of an emergency where you live
  • the six impacts of an emergency
  • how to prepare your family for an emergency
  • how to prepare your home for an emergency
  • what you should do in an emergency and how you can minimise the impacts and cope
  • who has special requirements during an emergency and how they can be helped
  • the relationship between citizenship and emergencies caused by natural hazards
  • EQC - the Earthquake Commission
  • MCDEM - Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

During this field trip you can:

  • see Andrew's tweets on twitter
  • climb the Port Hills to get an overview of the Christchurch earthquakes and think about Never Happens? Happens
  • go to Christchurch harbour and beaches to see what could happen in a tsunami and work out evacuation strategies
  • inspect landslips in the greater Christchurch area to see what happened and why
  • go to places around Christchurch that have been affected by floods and storms and see what has changed
  • look for evidence of volcanic eruptions around Christchurch's Lyttelton Harbour
  • see "What's the Plan, Stan?" in action at a local school
  • talk to local school students to find out what they know about preparing for emergencies
  • visit the new Emergency Operations Centre at the brand-new Christchurch Justice & Emergency Services Precinct
  • talk to people involved in emergency management from national and local government, Red Cross, Police, and GeoNet
  • unpack the 4 R's - Reduction, Readiness and Response, Recovery
  • create or update an emergency plan for your home
  • create or update emergency supplies for your home
  • create or update portable emergency supplies
  • find out how to secure furniture and other items around your home
  • put a record on social media of one action you have taken, such as a photo of your emergency supplies
  • share one experience of an extreme natural event
  • follow what's happening on the website and on twitter at #learnztrip

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • add an annual check of your home's emergency plan to your (online) calendar
  • check the preparedness for an emergency of one other person in your extended family or an elderly person that you know
  • stay informed by bookmarking web sites, such as your local CDEM Facebook page and your local council's Facebook page
  • stay informed by adding apps to your smart phone, such as Red Cross Hazards and GeoNet
  • tell people about World Tsunami Day - Sunday 5 November

Where you will go

New Zealand is on the "Pacific Ring of Fire". In our lifetime each of us is likely to experience a major emergency caused by a natural hazard. You might be at home, at school, or on holiday when an emergency strikes so everyone everywhere needs to know what to do.

On this trip during "Get Ready" week you will be in Christchurch. Christchurch experienced destructive earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 and is undergoing a huge rebuild. The city has a harbour and is beside the coast, so its tsunami risk is also real. You may also be surprised to learn that landslides generally cost New Zealand more than earthquakes; areas like the Port Hills around Christchurch and the foothills of the Southern Alps experience landslides too. Lastly, Christchurch has floods and storms like everywhere else in New Zealand. Indeed, Christchurch's flood risk is high because it is built on a swamp; moreover, the earthquakes altered the elevation of land which has made parts of the city even more flood-prone. Christchurch is part of Canterbury where rivers on its alluvial plains can rise rapidly and carry huge volumes of water that can break their banks and inundate farms and houses. On this field trip you will learn more about the risks and impacts of an emergency where you live and what you can do to prepare yourself.

Teacher comments about related field trips

It was like second nature to this term's inquiry and fitted like a glove. It was leveled and delivered at an excellent level and the content was perfect for my Year 8 class. Heather Williams from Papamoa College

Direct connection to what we were studying in our syndicate, all resources in one place, real people and real context helped engage the children in the learning. All resources are New Zealand appropriate and very suitable for my Year 5&6 class. I felt very supported with instant responses to the emails I sent. Lisa O'Connor from St Teresa's School Featherston

All of my students, including Maori Pasifika and ESOL, have good understandings as a result of the LEARNZ What's the plan, Stan field trip. It was helpful having experts answer inquiry questions my student had, and videos helped certain students gain a deeper understanding. Mary Herlihy from Royal Road School

Go to more teacher comments about related LEARNZ field trips.

Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Personal Health and Physical Development Levels 1-5, Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 1-5; Science: Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 1-3; Social Studies: Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 1-5, Place and Environment Levels 1-5, Continuity and Change Levels 1-5

  • 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: Christchurch, community involvement, disasters, earthquakes, emergency management, extreme natural events, future focus, government, hazards, infrastructure, landslides, leadership, management, perspectives, planning for earthquakes, publicity, risk management, story telling, tsunami, values, viewpoints

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