Once a term throughout 2016 we take our Year 7/8 students on an EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom) learning experience. EOTC is an important part of our school year and can expose the children to a variety of new experiences.
From EOTC Guidelines; Bringing the Curriculum Alive (Ministry of Education, 2009)
Education outside the classroom (EOTC) is an essential part of school life in New Zealand. To extend students’ learning experiences beyond the classroom, schools need to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the wider community and the environment. Students need to learn in a variety of contexts in order to gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values required to enjoy a healthy lifestyle; take responsibility for their own safety; form positive and respectful relationships with their peers, their teachers, and the environment; and participate in the creation of safer communities. Once decisions have been made about what students should learn, consideration needs to be given to how EOTC can best support the teaching and learning priorities. Learning beyond the classroom can support the direction and contribute to the breadth of learning described by the national curriculum. New Zealanders have easy access to the bush, beaches, rivers, and mountains, which provide excellent environments for learning, but where safety considerations are paramount. These guidelines support school boards and staff to enhance their students’ learning outcomes and to meet their safety obligations. I want to acknowledge all those who have contributed to the development of this resource: the writers, Reference Group, principals, teachers, students, parents, and others who joined in focus groups or provided feedback during the consultation period. These guidelines will help school communities to plan and provide learning experiences that extend the classroom walls, both within and beyond the school gates.
This year, 2016, our EOTC experiences will be:
- Term 1 – Stand up paddle boarding with the SUP Shed in Orewa – http://www.supshed.com/
- Term 2 – Robotics and Coding with The Mind Lab in Newmarket – http://themindlab.com/
- Term 3 – High-wire adventures with Tree Adventures in Woodhill – http://treeadventures.co.nz/
- Term 4 – Annual overnight camp at the Motutapu Outdoor Education Centre on Motutapu Island – http://www.motutapucamp.org.nz/
Information for each of these events will be available closer to the time.