Learning Experiences Outside of the Classroom (LEOTC)
Our LEOTC courses have been designed to enhance the Health and Physical Education Curriculum offered in schools. Courses have been developed in consultation with teachers, are endorsed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and are available both on-site (at WIO) and off-site.
WIO is a well-established provider of experiential education and offers quality learning in a challenging yet safe outdoor setting. Students work with one another in a team environment, develop individual confidence, and learn new skills in a wide range of outdoor pursuits.
Our experienced instructors adjust the level of learning and degree of responsibility given to students for each course. Learning outcomes are adapted to meet the year level of each group. For example a Year 5 experience using the high ropes will be different to that of a Year 8 group.
School teachers can negotiate the content and learning outcomes of each course depending on the prior teaching that has occurred at school. Teachers are requested to accompany students in the experience, with the view to help with group management, align learning to the teaching module the class is currently focused on, and to have the opportunity to build rapport and strengthen relationships with students in an environment outside of the classroom.
Year 1 to Year 8 students
1 day per course
Offered during term time. Dates to be negotiated with the School.
Onsite and offsite locations depending on course activity.
Subsidised by MOE, subject to places being available.
Course fees vary from $5 to $35 per student
The purpose of the courses within the Survival Skills Programme is to provide an opportunity for students to practice survival and self-management skills.
These courses would ideally follow modules taught in school such as; swimming and lifesaving training, first aid and safety management.
To provide students with a practical and fun beach experience whilst identifying beach hazards and safe practices. Course aligns with Water Safety NZ and Surf Life Saving NZ curriculum.
To learn basic sea kayaking skills combined with an opportunity to practice personal and group working skills in a safe environment.
The purpose of the Challenges Programme is to provide an opportunity for students to practice personal and group-working skills in a challenging adventure based setting.
These courses would ideally follow modules taught in school such as, co-operative learning, social skills, team games, trust activities and initiatives.
Adventure Based Learning
Year 1 -5
To provide students with an opportunity to practice personal and group working skills in a challenging adventure based setting.
High Ropes and Trapeze
To provide students with an opportunity to practice personal and group working skills in a challenging adventure based setting, using the high ropes and trapeze.
Climbing and Abseiling
To provide students with an opportunity to practice personal and group working skills in a challenging adventure based setting, using climbing and abseiling.
To provide students with an opportunity to experience caving and practice personal and group-working skills in a challenging adventure based setting.
To provide students with an opportunity to experience mountain biking and practice personal and group-working skills in a challenging adventure based setting.
Cultural and Environmental Programme
The cultural focused courses provide students with an appreciation for the cultural heritage of Aotearoa.
The environmental focused courses provide students with an understanding and appreciation of New Zealand’s unique environment, and responsibility towards its conservation (kaitiakitanga).
Tuatara Trust Experience
Year 1 -5
To provide students with an opportunity to interact with Tuatara, whilst learning about the cultural significance and challenges that Tuatara face.
Haka and Mau Rakāu Training
Year 1 -5
To provide students with an introduction to New Zealand’s most famous haka and an opportunity to develop basic Mau Rākau skills based on traditional combat styles.
Marine Environmental Education
Year 1 -8
To provide students with an opportunity to look at the adaptations that marine creatures have created to survive in the ocean, then compare these to how humans cope in that environment.
Experiencing Marine Reserves – Snorkelling
Year 1 -5
To provide students with an opportunity to explore a marine environment whilst learning about its underwater ecology.
What people say
The day exceeded our expectations, the activities the students undertook clearly met our learning objectives and were appropriate to the age and level of our students. The tutors were positive, well-organised and ensured students remained engaged throughout the day. The atmosphere created by tutors was fantastic - students were enthusiastic, motivated and keen to do their best in all the challenges set.
Teacher - Waimea College, 2015
I enjoyed all the challenges like the trapeze because it tested our comfort zones and it led us to encourage others.
Year 9 Student - Motueka High School, 2015
Order the Programmes For Schools publication
Whenua Iti Outdoors offers programmes for schools from Year 1 through to Year 13. Our wide range of activities cater to many different learning objectives. This document provides all the information needed to assist schools with their decision making process.