We have had a focus text the last two weeks, Handa's Surprise, by Eileen Browne. The story is set in Africa and involves some sneaky animals stealing the fruit from Handa's basket as she walks to a neighbouring village.
This week the students retraced the life cycle of a butterfly. They were then given the following materials:
- a balloon
- a bottle
- bi-carb soda
- a texta
The children had to figure out how they could transform a caterpillar into a butterfly using these things only. We had some true scientists at work!
We received an invitation to have a video call from a Year One class at Chadwick International School in Songdo, Korea this week! Mrs Potter and 1A called us to ask us some questions in regards to their inquiry about play around the world. The students in 1A asked us questions about what types of things we played with and what games we played, both inside and outside. Children at both ends of the conversation were delighted to discover that they all loved playing with lego, blocks, in the sandpit, drawing and riding bikes! The children in Korea were surprised to hear that some of our kids liked to go surfing outside of school, and they had not heard of 'handball' before.
It was amazing to connect with a group of 6 years across the world and just wonderful for our students to see how similar life is so far away, in a different environment and culture. After we finished the video call, our Broulee students reflected on what they noticed. Some were similarities, others were differences.
These were some of the observations our Kindies made:
"There was lots of wood in their classroom - they had wooden furniture"
"They didn't have things hanging from their ceiling like we do"
"They weren't wearing school uniforms like us"
"There were coloured jars by the window"
"The kids didn't speak properly" (this lead into a conversation about English as a first language and English as a second language)
"Our school is flat, but theirs is a building. It is in a city and ours is not"
We have been looking at insects this week and how different insects play an important role on our environment. Did you know that if we didn't have bees, then we wouldn't have most of our fruit and vegetables at all?!
Our challenge today was to make an insect with 3 distinct body parts: a head, a thorax and an abdomen... Our insects also needed to have 6 legs and they needed to stand up!
Take a look at our wonderful creations below.
In case you have not ever seen this beautiful story... here's a version on youtube. You can turn the sound off and read it yourself - such a fantastic book! Happy Fathers' Day to all!
We all just loved the story of My Dad, by Anthony Browne. One part of the story shows Dad eating like a horse! We had a discussion about what this means, then talked about the favourite foods of our Dads. We then categorised food into "sometimes food" and "everyday food". The children then had the challenge of making a meal for Dad. Some made salads, others made bacon and eggs, fish and chips, and there were some delicious tacos too! We hope you all enjoy a lovely Fathers Day weekend with your children.
Mrs Cathy West, Mrs Clare Dunn and Mrs Natalie Fairweather enjoy sharing learning from the Kindergarten day with you. Please comment so that we know we are reaching you :o)