Friday, 18 May 2018

Beach Art

When we came back from our beach trip we created artworks inspired by the beach and a poem from Miss Paterson using a variety of materials within our classroom and some that we had collected from our trip. We hope you enjoy viewing them as much as we did creating them.

Bently - I learned about circle seaweed. The crab shells were cool and they felt nice.
Jace- Look Miss T!. A crab shell.

Honor - I made a baby turtle.
Legend - This is the sea and a sea star.

Beach scenes.

Beach Trip

What a magnificent afternoon we had on Thursday at New Brighton beach. The weather was spectacular  as our tamariki explored the shoreline. Thank you to all our parents who chaperoned us. We couldn't have done it without you!

Our amazing host Georgina encouraged us to think about and share what makes our beaches special to us. "I like to play with my rugby ball" said Zekaius. "Swimming!" other children replied.

We discovered that there were a variety of animals and bugs that consider the beach their home. From dolphins, crabs, beetles and to spiders that wander between the ocean to the sand dunes and some back again.

Then came the fun part where we had an opportunity to take part in a scavenger hunt. Children had to find things on the beach and then decide if they should be on the beach.

Miss T! I found a sand dollar!

Look! A fishing rod! 

Next we sorted our objects into groups. Georgina asked for a group of man made items and another group of natural items. Thankfully there were more natural items then man made! 

Following this we had a discussion around how some of the man made items like plastic bags can effect our coastal creatures and how we can help to care for them. 

We took our ideas and we created huge messages in the sand to invite others who share our beaches to take care of them too.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Digestive System!

Last week we got messy and tackled understanding the digestive system. 
On Monday, children were invited to draw what they think happens to food after they eat it.

Ethan - I think it turns into crumbs.
The food goes to my heart. I made the blood
 to the heart.
Emma-Rose - You choke on it.
The food is getting all yucky.

Waireka - It comes in your stomach and it
comes out your bottom.

Avon - I think it goes into my rib cage.

The following day we watched a video about how the body works.

Then we started to talk about the organs that make up our digestive system. We discovered there are many parts of our body that help us to digest our food starting with the esophogus and the stomach. Most children struggled to wrap their tongues around our new vocabulary and were slightly disgusted by the fact that we pooped it out our rectum. We also learned that our body uses the small intestine to take the goodness from our food and uses it as energy. 

Following this we took our new knowledge to create and label a diagram of our digestive system.

Then came the disgusting fun! The children did a demonstration of how the digestion system works. The faces they all made was priceless. It was messy, gross and fun and I am certain they can all tell you how the digestive system works now. I don't think they will ever forget. 

To start with the children had to make a peanut butter sandwich. Then they used a pair of scissors to simulate their teeth to break the sandwich into smaller pieces. A bowl was used to simulate their mouth and water was added that acted as saliva in the mouth which helps the process of breaking down food. Next we drank a glass of milk with our peanut butter sandwich. A masher was used to mash the food and drink. I explained that the masher is like your back teeth which are designed for grinding up the food. Then we used two ziploc bags. One was used to act as a funnel demonstrating the process of the food going down the esophogus and into the other ziploc bag which represented our stomach. We added coke zero to simulate the chemicals that also help to break the food down and then we all took turns using our hands to mash the food down further.

Now the food is ready for the small intestine! We poured the contents from our stomach into a stocking that represented both the small and large intestine. As Jahzaiah squeezed the stocking, a liquid began to drain out. This liquid is the good nutrients that the body will take and use as the fuel that we need for energy and growth. Finally we were ready for the large intestine where the food that our body does not need is moved along and well we all know what happens next...POOP!

These were some of the funny faces I was able to catch as we did the demonstration.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

What is a healthy person?

This week in Kakano 4 we asked our tamariki what they knew about their bodies in order to challenge them to pursue their curiosity and investigate further.

Children were asked to work together to draw a life size outline of a child's body that we would use to record our thoughts about what we know about the human body.               



I was amazed to hear their thoughts and ideas about the human body. It was great to see their excitement and enthusiasm begin to ignite as I recorded their responses onto one of our life sized bodies.

"We have seven layers of skin," said Jake.
"We have organs," said Zoe
"A heart," said Ethan
I wanted everyone to tune in just a little bit more by using magazines to search for images that show what a healthy person is to them.

"Look Miss T! Water!
"What does a healthy person look like Zekaius?" asked Miss T.
"Strong!" said Zekaius. 

"Look Miss T its a salad! It's healthy!

A healthy person pats a puppy.

Waireka had an image of a trophy.
"It means a person can race and a person gives it and she eats healthy things"

After sharing our images that show what a healthy person is I asked the children what they wondered or wanted to know about the human body.

"I wonder what your bones do?" asked Zoe.
"How do we eat healthy?" said Waireka.
"What is an organ?" wondered Jahnicka.

How do we keep our body healthy? asked Honor
Does exercise help the body? wondered Caleb

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