For our last buddy session, our G2 buddies read their autobiographies to our PK1's. Our PK1's particularly enjoyed seeing their buddy's baby photos. Afterwards, they had the chance to have snack together and a bit of playtime outside. It was wonderful everyone being caring and wishing each other a nice summer break.
During buddy time this week, the children observed their plant and drew pictures of their plant with their buddies. The buddies also wrote down comments from our PK1's regarding what they saw and what changes happened to their plants.
Last Monday during buddy time, we walked to Sha Ha beach with out buddies, had snack there and helped them pick up rubbish on the beach. We managed to fill-up 3 big black rubbish bags! Well done everyone!
Transdisciplinary Theme: Sharing the Planet
Central Idea: By taking care of living things we learn to respect the world around us.
Lines of inquiry:
- Living things and non-living things (Form and Function)
-Taking care of living things (Responsibility)
We started our week discussing the characteristics of living things and non-living things. The children learned that they need to ask themselves these questions to check if something is a living or a non-living thing:
Does it eat?
Does it move?
Does it have babies?
Does it excrete waste (pee or poo)? (giggles and laughter whenever this is asked)
Does it have senses?
Does it grow?
Does it breathe?
If the answer is yes to all of these, then that something is a living thing and if the answer is no to any of these, then it is non-living thing.
Divya, (Inara's mom) came to class with Shiv, Inara's 5 month old baby brother and she shared with us how she takes care of Shiv and even showed us some of the things that Shiv needs to stay happy and healthy.
We also had another living thing visit us in class this week. Miss Sarah and Murray came to visit us last Wednesday and Miss Sarah shared with us how she takes care of Murray! The children particularly loved watching Murray do his tricks!
During buddy time, the children walked around the early childhood and upper primary garden to look for living and non-living things. They were particularly excited when they saw a centipede, and the strawberry plants. Some children also made connections between the story of "The Tiny Seed" to the plants in the garden and commented that plants are living things because they grow.
We had a wonderful opportunity to attend and show our support to the G2's art exhibition. Our G2 buddies were very excited to show their PK1 buddies their art works, poems, dance videos that showed a variety of different emotions.
As part of the celebration of the Lunar New Year, the children made peach blossoms with their buddies. They decorated the cups and made playdough to hold the twigs. Afterwards, they tore bits of tissue paper, rolled them to make small flowers and stuck them on the twigs.
In preparation for the Lunar New Year, the children made firecrackers using lai see packets with their buddies this week. The buddies rolled the lai sees then our PK1's helped tape and string them together.
The children started the week by making a patterns with their G2 buddies. They used the pegboards, unifix cubes, teddy bear counters and even made bracelets!
Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Organize Ourselves
Central Idea: Learning environments are organized to help us learn and live together.
Key concepts: Form, Function and Responsibility
Lines of inquiry:
-Elements in our learning environments (form)
-Systems in our learning environments (function)
-People have roles in their learning environment (responsibility)
Learner Profile: Thinkers and Principled
During buddy time this week, the children did a collaborative picture of a chosen learning environment in school. Next week, we will be visiting the early childhood garden and the theatre and find out how these learning environments work.
Because of the nice cool weather we've been having lately, we decided to have snack and playtime with our G2 buddies at the Sai Kung playground near the mini bus terminus. The children definitely had a great time that morning.