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Year 7 & 8 first time LEARNZ

Started by Susan Feron 29 Jun 2013 7:29pm () Replies (3)

We have just completed the Wandering Whales learnz unit.   The class have really enjoyed finding information out through the audio conferences and ask-an- expert.  We were a speaking class.  This was great for improving thier listening for information skills.

I used the background information for guided silent reading groups.  It was fantastic to really challenge the students vocabulary and understanding of complex texts.  I found out the reading age using word.

We sent an ambassodar on the trip.  I was surprised that the students enjoyed this. 

Next time we do a learnz field trip I would cancel maths and unrelated writing so that the students had more time to look at the diarys, videos, and photos during the week of the field trip.

The information and thinking the students did during this field trip was fantastic.


  • Hilary Rodley (View all users posts) 30 Jun 2013 12:22am ()

    We have also just completed this unit and also sent an ambassador which was fantastic as it really excited my Y3-4 class and the NE class who joined in with us.  Thanks Andrew for all the photos and updates from our mascot as well as all the other work you did with videos etc every day!

    We used some of the preparation materials in advance to get ready for the trip.  As you suggested Susan, another time I would get rid of much of my usual classroom programme.

    We were impressed by the deep thinking that even the NE children did and the questions they had when we spoke during one of the audioconferences.  

    I would certainly recommend that anyone thinking of doing a LEARNZ trip goes the whole way and sends a mascot and speaks during an audioconference.  This was hugely motivating and really hooked my class in.

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