Friday, August 7, 2020

Making beeswax wraps

 This week, we have been learning about how to look after our environment. There have been ongoing discussions about how plastic affects our environment and Earth. We have talked about using less plastic in our daily lives. We also discussed what we could use instead of plastic. Instead of using plastic bags, we can use reusable bags and use a reusable coffee cup when going to a cafe. We talked about what happens to the plastic when it finds its way to the river and oceans and how ocean creatures/animals suffer in their habitats. 

After reading "Clean up Shelley Beach", the children were very eager to make posters for school about picking up rubbish. We have made posters and we talked about making beeswax wrap instead of using plastic wrap. 

The children designed the fabric first. Then, we spread beeswax on top of the fabric. We then ironed the wax. It is actually a very easy way to make a beeswax wrap! 

Here are the photos of the children with their beeswax wraps. 

While we were making the beeswax wraps, there were many bees that came to visit us. As we were reading a storybook about bees, one of the children said "Maybe the bees are dancing around us!" 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Lunch for Greedy Cat

We have been reading Lunch for Greedy Cat and the children have been really interested and engaged in the story telling of this book. 
During this week, I got children to bring their lunchbox and asked them to choose an item of food to give to Greedy Cat if the Greedy Cat came to our school. 

Children drew pictures of Greedy Cat. Here are the photos of them with the food that they wanted to give. This extended to a writing activity. 

Week 2: Learning about the layers of the earth!

This week we have been learning about what is inside the earth. If we were to dig the ground towards the middle of the earth? what will there be? 

There has been many discussions about what could be inside the earth and it has been so amazing to listen to the children's ideas. 

Some children said 'dirt', 'rock', 'magma', 'It is really hot in the middle.', 'fire'. Interesting to hear some children said there is fire in the middle. Awesome thinkers in Room 2! 

We also talked about how the inside of the earth affect volcanic activities. 

We talked about the layers of the earth, Crust, Mantle, Outer Core and Core. We drew a picture of the inside of the earth on the court with chalk and pretended to walk towards the middle of the earth. Everyone got the idea that as it got closer to the Core, it got hotter and everyone run away! 

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Week 1 Term 3! Welcome back to Room 2!

Kia ora, welcome back to school. I could see that the children were eager to be back at school, and on the first day of Term 3, everyone was so settled and they have been playing so beautifully.

Here are some photos!

We keep supporting children's writing through their play. This week, an idea was emerged as some of the girls wanted to make a lollipop shop. They were busy drawing their own lollies and putting them on a cardboard, each of them wrote the names of their lollipops. Saoirse wrote the shop's name "Sweet shop". Writing is a way of sharing ideas, and understanding that there is an audience. They really enjoyed as they were reading other children's lollipop names and pretending to buy them. 

Science Experiment: Making unicorn noodles 

This was such a fun experiment. As it didn't really work the first time, we tried this experiment twice. The first experiment, we used beetroot and the second time, we used red cabbage. 
1. soak the beetroot/red cabbage in hot water 
2. Drain the vegetables and keep the hot water
3. Put rice noodle in the hot water and soak 
4. Take the noodles out of the water and separate noodles into 3 parts 
5. sprinkle basking power in one part and pour lemon juice in another part of the noodles 
6. observe the changes 

We used beetroot in the left photo and red cabbage was used in the right photo. With the red cabbage, the part lemon juice was poured turned into pink and it became blue with baking power. 
We also talked about why. Both the lemon (acid) and the baking power (alkaline) were reacting to the special chemical that was in red cabbage. As we couldn't quite see the results at the first experiment, the children were really excited to see how the changed occurred in the second experiment, and it was great to see that children were understanding the process of the experiment too. We are doing one science experiment a week this term to develop skills to observe and describe what they see. 

Making beeswax wraps

 This week, we have been learning about how to look after our environment. There have been ongoing discussions about how plastic affects our...