Our current IB unit “Earth’s Natural Cycles” is certainly inspiring students to consider the many aspects of the seasons that make our lives so varied throughout the year. In art we have been exploring the use of crayons with a water-based paint wash over the top. After choosing the colours for the different seasons, students created masterpieces. When these were displayed together in our school foyer they looked stunning – an amazing portrayal of season highlights. Using the same method, our next artistic assignment is depicting night and day – the activities of plants, animals and people.
This week we have enjoyed counting the PET bottle lids that everyone has been sending in; we have passed the 2000 mark. First the students bag them into 10’s, then 100’s, then 1000’s. This is giving students “hands on” experience at counting and grouping, as well as allowing them to see clearly the correlation between how large numbers are written and the value that each digit represents.
All students continue to enjoy their gardening activities. It is with excitement that all of the lettuces have now been harvested and some of the cucumbers. Most of the corn is now well over half a metre tall, and the tomatoes look to be ready to eat next week. Before break times students are always keen to venture into the garden to pick what is ready to eat.