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Trinity News : November 2008
As part our Term 3 Unit of Inquiry ‘Alive’, the PreK boys at Lewisham have been putting together a garden full of flowers, vegetables, fruit and herbs. They began by thinking about what kinds of things to plant and then each boy brought in a plant to dig into the ground. We investigated how to care for the plants so they would grow and stay healthy, and we took turns watering the garden. The boys have excitedly observed their plants (or seeds) grow and flourish and can’t wait to sample the carrots, celery and strawberries when they are ready. PK-WK were especially interested in watching the bean seeds as the stems burst through the soil for the first time. As part of this inquiry-based learning, the PreK classes have been participating in experiments to learn more about living things. They have been watching what happens to plants and animals when the water is not clean, they have been observing flowers absorb coloured water, and have seen seeds crack open to allow their roots and stems to grow. Once the garden was established, the PKC boys showed concern over the crows, ibises and pigeons that regularly visit our playground. Our Unit concluded at the end of Term 3 with PKC creating a scarecrow to protect our flourishing plants from hungry birds! | Sasha Cuthbert PKC Classroom Teacher Romeo Bray and Jordan Itaoui look at the bean seeds bursting out of the soil Hugo Trinh waters his plants Our scary scarecrow! John Dedousis and George Dedousis digging in the soil TRINITY NEWS 43 LEWISHAM CAMPUS NEWS The PK boys have been very interested in building with blocks this Term. There are numerous benefits of block play. Here are just a few: > developing fine and large muscle control > opportunity for children to cooperate and negotiate > language development > understanding and exploring mathematical concepts (Source: J Hendrick, 1994) The PK boys have been very creative with their block constructions. They have been building a wide variety of constructions. 3 PreK Creates a Garden!