Posted by Ruth Bode / 10:08 PM /
Level 2/3 students have been discussing how to be a good friend in their unit on social justice this term. After brainstorming words describing friends, what friends do and how friends act, students made some friendship stones using stones from our Discovery Garden. Many decided to give their stones to their friends when they finished creating them.
Posted by Ruth Bode / 8:02 PM /
Click here ( Level 1 and 2 Blog ) to check out a blog started by Chantal, one of our Level 1 and 2 teachers.
This term our whole school has been exploring issues of social justice.
Level 1/2 students have particularly been studying how we can make a difference in the lives of animals we care for and how to make changes in the way animals are treated in Australia and in fact around the world.
Students guided by the teachers, have identified problems and injustices in realition to how animals are treated. Through talking and sharing, students have created their action board which indicates how they can make a difference.
They visited Edgar's Mission recently in order to further gain information on problems with some farm animals.
This resulted in students participating in a HUGE WheatBix drive to donate to Edgar's Mission to feed the animals.
Students are also preparing produce for a shop in which they will sell items they have created in their class. They have made some wonderful tshirts (amongst many other things) which have slogans showing their thoughts about how aimals should be treated.
It is amazing to see how empowered these young people (aged 5 and 6) are and how they know that they are able to make a difference. This is a very important message to our students. They can see that if they identify a problem, they can creatively and co-operatively work out ways to create solutions.
Clever kids....thoughtful teachers.....
Posted by Ruth Bode / 10:10 PM /
Today is the first day of Spring and it was a perfect day to work and play outside. Teachers took the opportunity with their students to spend time in our gorgeous gardens.
One group of students looked at our proposed new chook area, measuring and researching possible designs.
Another group enjoyed their literacy session in and around our Mandala Veggie Garden and our Gazebo area.
I took my Sustainable Futures classes outside today. We celebrated Wattle Day by learning about the Wattle, our national floral emblem. We then went on a search to see how many wattle or acacia trees we have in out gardens. We have over ten, many of these being different types of wattles. We took small cuttings of three different kinds to stick into our journals. Lots of discussion with each other followed, talking about differences, similarities etc.
Most of the school headed outside to eat their lunch together in our central courtyard Discovery garden area. It is so wonderful to see the Level 1 students sitting with the Level 4s and enjoying one another's company.
After lunch Level 3/4 students continued to maintain and prepare our veggie patch for some Spring planting.
Posted by Ruth Bode / 9:43 PM /
Posted by Ruth Bode / 9:28 PM /
With our Bird Restaurant now officially open, students are reporting sightings of many different birds visiting the area. At recess or lunch break, students take out our Bird Watching Kit to help them identify the birds we have in our school gardens.
In the kit, students use laminated pictures I have made, a chart and a field guide of Australian birds (The Slater Field Guide for Australian Birds) to identify their bird sightings. Students also have a chart to record the birds they see. They record the name and description of the bird, where and when it was sighted. I intend to add some small binoculars to the kit....for fun!
Kids are amazing!! They now see so many birds and are finding them really interesting, telling me of many different birds they have seen at home, over the weekend and on the way to school.....and they know what kind of bird it is!