Each spring the Preschool, Grade 1 and 2 classes look forward to the annual Sleepover at school. This year was …
Our fourth unit of the year focused on how “Our needs, interests and curiosity lead us to new discoveries and …
Throughout our third unit of inquiry, we focussed on how communities serve the needs of the people in an organized way. We began by watching a video about a new volcanic Japanese island that rose out of the sea over the last 4 or 5 years, Nishinoshima. We then imagined what it would be like to move to this new island and create a new community there. What types of places would need to be built? Which should we build first? The students had many great ideas and suggestions, homes, workplaces for parents, schools for kids, a water park…etc. Then we looked into which ones we REALLY NEED. We learnt about the difference between ‘wants’ and ‘needs’ by imagining that we were shipwrecked on a deserted island and could only bring 3 things with us. What 3 things would you really need to help you survive?
For the end of our unit on culture, the Grade 1 and 2 students were tasked with creating a Cultural Mini-Museum to share with others what they had learnt about the similarities and differences between the different aspects of culture such as food, clothing, homes, stories, music/ instruments, games, sports, holidays and celebrations, etc.
To help with our inquiry into culture, the first and second grade classes paid a visit to the National Museum of Ethnology, or Minpaku as it is called in Japanese. The museum has a huge collection of cultural artifacts from around the world and the students spent their time there researching different countries of their choice.
Our second unit of the year focussed on, “How We Express Ourselves” and the various ways that different cultures show who they are.
On Friday, December 1st the Grade 2 students had a special guest teacher join them during PE time. Scarlett’s dad, Andy Ellis joined the lesson in order to share a bit of New Zealand culture with us.
Earlier this month, on November 1st the Grade 2 class hosted the monthly assembly.
Over the first 7 weeks of school the Grade 2 students inquired into the central idea, “We can get along with other people by learning about their thinking and feelings, and communicating our own.”
Each year on the day before our annual Oktoberfest celebration all of the classes head out of the school to …