Free Gingerbread Horse Learning Module for Schools

NZRDA engaged Angela Stanley, an experienced Primary School Teacher, to develop a Gingerbread Horse Learning Module, suitable for School Years 4-8 - but also able to be adapted for younger and older students as needed.

The Learning Module is made up of five key 'Learning Experiences', with supporting resources and documentation, all of which can be downloaded below in either Word or PDF format.

Aim - The purpose of the programme is to:

  • Teach students about the opportunities Riding for the Disabled (RDA) provides for people with disabilities

  • Provide students with an authentic context to work co-operatively, developing and implementing a plan to raise money for RDA

New Zealand Curriculum Links - Appropriate links can be made to both the Social Sciences and Technology curriculum, across Levels 2, 3 and 4. Possible achievement objectives include:

  • Students will undertake planning to identify the key stages and resources required to develop an outcome. Revisit planning to include reviews of progress and identify implications for subsequent decision making. (3)

  • Students will explain the outcome they are developing and describe the attributes it should have, taking account of the need or opportunity and the resources available. (2)

  • Understand how people participate individually and collectively in response to community challenges. (4)

Key Competencies include:

  • Managing self

  • Relating to others

  • Participating and contributing

  • Thinking

  • Using language, symbols and texts.

Thinking Skills include:

  • A-Z Key

  • Fishbone

  • De Bono’s Thinking Hats

  • POOCH

  • SCAMPER.

Gingerbread Horse Key Learning Concepts - By taking part in the Gingerbread Horse Campaign, students will:

  • Describe how RDA assists people in their personal, physical, social and emotional development

  • Explain that economic systems involve development, production, distribution, sales and consumption

  • Identify goals, plan activities, manage time and resources effectively

  • Establish individual roles and responsibilities in order to achieve the team goal, and contribute and interact to achieve the team goal

  • Select appropriate forms of communication, communicating clearly and coherently.

Teaching and Learning Sequence

The aim of this sequence of learning experiences is to provide support for teachers in guiding their students through the process of creating and selling Gingerbread Horses. It is anticipated that the process will vary from 1-2 weeks, depending on the extent of the students’ involvement. Teachers have the freedom to adapt this sequence to meet the needs of their students, school and community. Links are provided for the teaching strategies and resources used throughout.

Learning Module - Download Links

Title Description Download Links
Learning Module Documents & Resources (All) Includes: Overview, Learning Experiences one, two, three, four and five, Co-operative Strategies, Acknowledgments, and all Resources (all documents contained in a Zip file) PDF doc 
Individual Components:
Document: Gingerbread Horse Learning Module Includes: Overview, Learning Experiences One, Two, Three, Four and Five, Co-operative Strategies, Acknowledgments PDF doc 
Document: Co-operative Learning Strategies Included in the Gingerbread Horse Learning Module Document PDF doc
Resource: A-Z of Horses To be used with Learning Experience One PDF doc
Resource: Fishbone To be used with Learning Experience One PDF doc
Resource: Shuffle Card Images To be used with Learning Experience Two PDF doc
Resource: Situations Vacant Column To be used with Learning Experience Two PDF doc 
Resource: Application for Employment To be used with Learning Experience Two PDF doc
Resource: Job Application Letter To be used with Learning Experience Two PDF doc 
Resource: POOCH To be used with Learning Experience Three PDF doc
Resource: Task sheet for CEO To be used with Learning Experience Four, includes Fundraising Plan Document PDF doc
Resource: Task sheet for Production & Design Manager To be used with Learning Experience Four PDF doc 
Resource: Task sheet for Treasurer To be used with Learning Experience Four, includes Cashbook PDF doc 
Resource: Task sheet for Sales & Marketing Manager To be used with Learning Experience Four PDF doc 
Resource: Six Hats Thinking Reflection To be used with Learning Experience Five PDF doc