EOTC includes any curriculum-based field trip outside of the school and allows children the opportunity to reinforce and transfer learning into the wider community. The key competencies encompass a set of five capabilities that focus not only on what children are learning but how they are learning and making their way through their life. Trips such as these allow children to reinforce skills in areas such as self-management, the way they relate to others and the way they contribute as a member of a group. At the playground, the children needed to negotiate turn taking, make appropriate behaviour choices, consider others in their play and co-operate with other children.
In addition to the key competencies, the children also had the opportunity to practice their gross motor skills. Skills such as climbing, swinging, hanging, running and balancing are all important, especially in our very digital world. Many parents looked away as the children climbed to the top of the giant rope web!
Importantly, the trip also rewarded the students for their hard work all year and allowed them to release some energy in a safe and fun way.
Acknowledgement needs to go to the fantastic Poihipi and Te Huka teachers that organised the day. A lot of planning goes into ensuring a trip runs smoothly and safely.
Well done students and teachers. It was a lovely day.