Continuing with our HSIE inquiry "Zoom", the children were today challenged with making a 'Zoom Machine'. The criteria for their machines was that they had to use 4 different types of materials, it had to zoom in some way, and it needed to be colourful. Once again, the problem solving skills, co-operation and perseverance by all of the children was admirable. After the children had finished, they explained their machine to a friend (pair / share) and then went for a walk around the school zooming in on different things that we could see. Check out some of the photos below in the two different slide shows.
What a magnificent day we had on Thursday for our local area excursion! We boarded the bus and headed straight to the canoe tree where the children were amazed to see that a canoe could be cut from one tree! We then drove to Tomakin where we met Bernadette from the council. Bernadette walked us around the edge of the littoral rainforest where we saw the change in the vegetation between the two different forests. We observed the Casurinas and Sedges in the swampy, wet Swamp Oak Forest and the Pioneer ferns and Banksias in the fern forest. We discussed native plants and why we need them to support our native birds and animals.
After this, we boarded the bus again and headed to Tomakin Cove and looked at 5 different types of seaweed, limpits and black nerites and learned that for every 2 out of 3 breaths we take - the oxygen comes from algae! We explored a little more on the beach, had a run, then headed to the Mossy Point boat ramp for lunch. We were fortunate to see the pelicans having some lunch courtesy of some fishermen :) We then walked around the rocks and up the stairs to the anchor on Mossy Point headland. From there we drove down the hill to Candalagan Creek where we read about the Rover ship misadventure and how Boulbi, Warragal and Lee all helped with the rescue, right here in Broulee. This is where our school house names come from. We walked across the bridge and around the beach before hopping back on the bus to school. We had a wonderful day! Big thanks to Nicky, Cat and Miss A for joining us.
The children are now busy creating models of the local area which reflect what we saw. You will be able to view these in our exhibition early next term.
Mrs Cathy West, Mrs Clare Dunn and Mr Graham Enright enjoy sharing learning from the Kindergarten day with you. Please comment so that we know we are reaching you :o)