The children of Tōtara have been busy making scarecrows to enter into the Oderings Snap A Scarecrow competition. We decided that Scarlett Redlocks the Scarecrow Pirate would represent our scarecrow family and we now need lots of votes for her. Voting is done via Facebook so you will need to be over 13 years to vote. This is the link.
Today we did a math activity about Earth Day. We also discussed how our own Oakleaf Cafe is helping our environment by encouraging the use of re-useable cups and bio-degradable disposable cups. We were impressed at the number of cups saved from landfill last year - 2500! Matt challenged us to work out how many that would be each week. (2500 divided by 52 = ?)
Totara 1 have been reading a story called Torty the Tortoise. We wondered
How long tortoises live?
Is Torty still alive?
Why did Stewart Little want to bring Torty back?
Here is a clip from the news a couple of years ago and some links you might like to use to answer questions you have.
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Today we had Mat, Alan. Kim and Nikitta from Midlands Apiaries in Ashburton come and talk to us about beekeeping. They were wonderful experts who showed us a live hive, we go to taste honey and Mat showed us how to collect the honey from the hive. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us!
Today Kody, Olivia and Sandhya read a book called Butterfly Day. They would love to have a butterfly day at school. We talked about the butterflies that winter over at Abberley Park. Here is the link.
'Congratulations to our everyone in Tōtara who helped make our garden such a success. Tonight 9 children and Mrs DeVries and Mrs Simmons attended the awards ceremony. It was a wonderful evening and the children made us so proud - what a wonderful group of positive St Albans children. We saw a great slide show of some amazing Christchurch gardens - at schools, preschools, people's houses and community gardens. It was amazing to see what a colourful "Big Backyard" we live in. Kamilla and Amelia were asked to come onto the stage and to speak to the audience and explain all about our garden. They talked about the produce we grow, how we harvest and sell our vegetables and that we pick basil and make pesto and sell it so we can buy more seeds and plants for our garden. Many people came up to us afterwards and congratulated the girls for speaking so eloquently - we were so proud of you! We received a certificate for our Edible Garden. Thank you to the parents who bought their children out to the awards on such a cold night and a big thank you to our lovely tamariki who care for our school garden so well.
One of our Tōtara reading groups has been reading about crabs. The children (and the teacher) learnt some interesting facts about these fascinating creatures.