This term for Social Science we are studying ‘Our Garden Community.’
|Level 1 Social Science Plan for Continuity and Change
OUR GARDEN COMMUNITY – MERCY GARDENS – Growing plants Term 4 2017
Principles of Social Teaching
|Continuity and Change
Students will learn about past events, experiences and actions and the changing ways in which they have been interpreted over time. This helps them to understand the past, and the present and to imagine possible futures
|Key Competency||USING LANGUAGE / SYMBOLS AND TEXTS– working with and and making meaning of codes in which knowledge is expressed|
|Principles||Future Focus – The curriculum encourages students to look to the future by exploring such signiﬁcant future- focused issues as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation|
|Level 1 Achievement Objectives||Students will gain knowledge, and experience to:
Understand how people have different roles and responsibilities as part of their participation in groups.
|Level 1 Skills||Students will develop skills to
We have been talking about growing plants and caring for them. Harinui have begun to plant and care for seeds in the classroom. We discussed the different groups of people who care for our school gardens. Then we went for a walk to look at our different gardens. We saw how they were growing and changing.
We started outside Rooms 2 and 3. Then we walked along the back field boundary fence. We saw the old native trees that have been growing for a long time. They are very tall, with thick trunks.
Harinui students walked onto the courts. they saw some students working on the gardens. They had been weeding the vegetable gardens and putting the weeds into the compost bin. This will change into new soil eventually for the gardens. This returns goodness to the gardens to help feed the new plants.
We walked over to the Mercy gardens. We saw the avocado trees and the flowers that will grow into fruit if the blossoms are pollinated. Everyone named the vegetable plants they knew.
We remembered how tiny the vegetable plants were when we planted them last term. it was good to see how much they had grown. Some of the vegetables had been harvested. The teachers buy them for a gold coin donation, which goes to our missions.
We saw how the plants had been spaced out carefully. We looked for weeds, to see if the garden needed weeding.
The children took turns to take photos with an I Pad. They chose their favourite plant to photograph.
Around the corner, next to the library we came across Mrs Meredith working with some students. They were planting and watering and pruning. they were enjoying being part of a garden team. They were smiling and chatting as they worked.
Next we looked at the memorial garden. It has plants, pottery poppies and crosses to help us remember all the soldiers who fought for us in wars. They believed they were protecting New Zealand and their own families from the enemy.
Lastly we walked to the Grotto. We know it is a quiet prayerful place. A group of teachers had worked on the garden over the holidays. They had tidied the gardens, pruned the shrubs and plants, planted some colourful bromeliads and placed bark around too. We loved it! The mercy disciples are going to help keep it growing well and looking tidy.