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
||USING LANGUAGE / SYMBOLS AND TEXTS– working with and and making meaning of codes in which knowledge is expressed
||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
- use basic topic specific vocabulary
- ask simple questions of each other and adults
- Interpret written and visual information and instructions
- sequence or group events/objects/pictures according to specific attributes
- communicate findings through simple drawings, diagrams and transactional writing and can explain their findings to others.
- shows knowledge and understanding through role plays, drawings, collaborative writing and talking
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.
The garden bed
The native trees
Tall trees on the school boundary
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.
Soil for the garden
Bark for the garden
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.
The avocado tree
flowers on the avocado tree
Watering the soil
A red cabbage
Growing broccoli heads
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.
Our neat and tidy garden
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.
Can you see some little weeds?
Tiny holes that caterpillars have nibbled
The allysum plants we planted
Flowers decorate the garden
We saw how the plants had been spaced out carefully. We looked for weeds, to see if the garden needed weeding.
The stdents took photos
A leaf close up
Everyone chose a plant to photograph
The children took turns to take photos with an I Pad. They chose their favourite plant to photograph.
The butterfly garden
The lifecycle mural
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.
The memorial garden
Mrs Meredith pruning
A big flowering tree. we can see it is spring!
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.
A special path
A remembrance plaque
A decorative spiral path
We are in the grotto
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.