HUNTING FOR SEEDS
This week we continued finding out about and searching for seeds. We cut into some fruit to look for the seeds and compared what we found. This gave us an opportunity to observe the colours, shapes and sizes of the fruit and seeds. Before cutting them the children used oil pastels to represent their observations. Moving between the 2D and 3D worlds is important for mathematical understanding as is the development of mathematical language to describe by size and shape. Fruit and Seed Photos
The broccoli seeds we planted have sprouted well. While they are not really big enough to plant out, we decided they would have a better chance of survival out in our Discovery gardens. The children needed to work delicately with the young seedlings, this required focus and caring, careful hands. We hope they survive the winter break! I have included a few photos of the children playing in the sand pit as they were pretending to plant seeds and water them! Play is a wonderful way for children to process their learning. Planting Out Photos
THE GRAND OPENING OF OUR NEW COMPOST BIN!
During SDG week, Ms Emily and K2D showed us their big compost bins and taught us about composting. Today they came over to give us a wonderful gift. They presented us with a small compost bin just for Discovery! They had created signs for the outside to remind us what to put in and what not to put in. We look forward to composting all our fruit waste from now on :o)
Ms Alexis has been working with the music from ‘The Nutcracker’ for the last few weeks with all her classes from Discovery to Grade one. This resulted in an assembly of shared music and dance where all the students took a turn on stage to share their learning. This was the Discovery children’s first time on the big stage and they were very excited to experience the theatre from a different perspective! Nutcracker Assembly Photos and Video
We believe it is important for children to learn about letters and sounds in meaningful ways as and when they are ready. The children are always interested in their own names and are increasingly interested in each other’s names. This week they looked closely at the first letter of their name and used natural materials to recreate it. This is a difficult task that requires moving from 2D to 3D and good observational skills. All the children engaged happily with the task and with help, recreate their letters. Photos of Making Letters
This week we celebrated Cyrus’ 4th birthday. Happy birthday Cyrus!
15th December – 6th January inclusive: Winter Break school closed
28th January: Reports available on Veracross
30th January: Parent Teacher Conferences
The Discovery team wishes you and your families a wonderful winter break!