Another great week of learning in Room 1. Thank you to all the parents who helped us with supervision for the walk to Strickland Community Gardens. We had such a full but exciting day.
The children observed and learned how the garden had become a focus for a healthy community. Christine (who co-ordinates the work at the gardens), explained to the children that the gardens brought the community together, it gave people the opportunity to volunteer, it provided good exercise for our bodies, growing food helps families to budget and their is a spiritual reward that comes with growing things and sharing with others - a big learning experience.
Christine and the other people working in the garden shared muffins made from apples and rhubarb grown in the gardens, and a glass of grape juice made from last years grape harvest.
When we came back to school the children enjoyed lunch and a play together in the reserve behind school.
On Friday, we planted our own garden in our little space beside our classroom. We have planted leeks, broccoli and silverbeet. We also planted sage in the school herb garden.
Friday is also Kapa Haka day in the junior syndicate. The children are learning several waiata/action songs about animals - whales, pigs, owls - in Te Reo. Some of the older boys are demonstrating their skills!