Last month, 100 urban classrooms and 100 rural classrooms registered and participated in the CLASS-ified Game of Moostery project for years 3-8 (ages 7-12). Each rural classroom was linked with an unidentified urban classroom, and each school undertook a series of activities to help them identify their mystery match.
CLASS-ified is a fun way of connecting city and country classrooms across New Zealand, says DairyNZ external engagement manager Phillipa Adam. “It’s about giving children an insight into another way of life in a dynamic and personal way.”
Wellington’s Hutt Central School teacher Steph Campbell says students had a great time creating a photo storyboard of their lives.
“Our mystery match was with Poutu School, in the Kaipara Harbour area in Northland. It's a great way to look outside our classroom and community and consider how others live,” says Steph. “Increasing our understanding of rural communities fitted perfectly with our values of respect, responsibility, curiosity and creativity.”
Bridging the gap through innovative learning
Each class submitted 10 photos which showed a story of their day-to-day life, from what they do at 5.30pm to the view from their front gate. These photos were uploaded to a website where students could see how their lives compared with those of others from up and down New Zealand.
The second part of the enquiry involved a Skype call with the mystery classroom they were matched with. Each class’s goal was to correctly identify its partner school first, using tools like Google Maps. Students planned their questions prior to the Skype session and each student had a specific role in the interview.
Complete learning resource
Like for all DairyNZ lessons, a teacher guide was developed which included links to additional content to support the learning enquiry. Key geography concepts were included throughout the lesson and students were introduced to major New Zealand landmarks. Students were also encouraged to explore their own connections with their community via a photographic scavenger hunt challenge.
What? DairyNZ education programme – CLASS-ified project.
Who? Connecting 100 urban schools with 100 city schools, students aged 8-12.
Why? Bridging the gap between urban and rural, and increasing students’ understanding of rural and urban life.