Monday, 21 November 2016

Education Outside the Classroom 2016 - Totara Park

The Pukeko Team could not have asked for a better day to kick start our week of EOTC experiences. The sun was shining and we had lots of fun activities to work our way around. Here's what we got up to today:

Burma Trail:
This fun activity will build skills in teamwork, trust, communication, and cooperation. Students are blindfolded and led through the bush, guided by a rope. In the first instance, the teacher will lead the whole group, and then the children can get into pairs and lead each other. Instructions must be non-verbal or sounds other than words. Ideally, students should agree on the directions before starting, and can reflect on the success on them afterwards.

Shelter Building: 
Many New Zealanders enjoy going hiking or camping in the bush. Have you ever thought about what you would do if you ended up having to stay out over night unexpectedly? At this activity students will learn how to create a shelter out of basic supplies in order to protect themselves from the weather and environment. 

There is something very special about camp cooking. Everything just seems to taste so very good at camp! But camp cooking requires a different set of rules and equipment than those that we use at home. Our outdoor cooking involves a bit of skill and innovation but with a little creativity we all can become an “outdoor chef”.  Today we will be making s’mores over an open barbecue and fruit kebabs. 

Collaborative Games:
Collaboration is part of our "Language of Learning” at Reremoana School and is an important skill whereby students work together to achieve a particular outcome. In this instance students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively in a number of games such as an egg and spoon race, river crossing, giant jenga building and hula hoop pass. By taking part in these games we hope the children learn to effectively collaborate whilst having fun. Let the best team win!

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