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Starting the unit with looking at the historical and present day uses of the land - what we grow.
Our students were involved in many activities identifying and investigating local produce and land use of the Brooklyn area. We looked at Apples and Kiwifruit from Fairfield Orchards, Blueberries and Plant and Food Research Centre, Hops from Mac Hops and a trip to the local museum.
Our thinking and learning were then developed with a Primary Entreprise theme....
• Generating, identifying and assessing opportunities.
• Collecting, organising and analysing information.
• Communicating and receiving ideas and information.
• Using initiative and drive.
• Working with others and in teams.
• Planning and organising.
• Monitoring and evaluating.
Students from Room Bloom and Class Capiche, identified business groups, a product or service and developed a business plan to facilitate the thinking as part of a Market Day.
Rich Learning - Context - Celebrations
We have looked at Mexico - and the celebration of Dia de los Muertos - Celebrating those we remember.
Our investigation into A & P show traditions covered the agricultural and pastrol flavour and friendly competition, to identify the science and farming craft of our country. These activities led into our pets day.
With Diwali the celebration of light, we were able to work on Indian instruments to create music, Make a diya - a light to follow home, design and indian costume, as well as investigate more of the country and its history.
This week whilst reflecting on Hanami traditions - viewing of the cherry blossom in Japan, we learnt about the country, its people and the significance of the Sakura - its beauty and brief time it presents itself as a spectacle for all to enjoy. Reminding us to remember the little things, and the short time they are there to be appreciated. An Hanami picnic took place under the ash tree - we were able to imagine the blossoms being there as we had blossom strawberries, sponge and chocolate at our Hanami. Carp kites were made, the country located and labelled as well as traditional music investigated and experienced.
Our Brooklyn students worked in mixed groups from 5- 13 years and supported and encouraged each other with their learning.
Sam - Ryan - Sequoia and Albert on Wednesday 26th October.
Each team did a wonderful job to create, design and test their thinking to the criteria they were given of 4 tasks. It wasn't easy. Sometimes the designs had to be modified and sometimes they had to be abandoned and started again.
Well done to both teams for their effort and thinking. Technological capabilities at their best.
Brooklyn Olympic Day
On Friday the 19th August the whole school will be travelling by bus and private car to the Motueka Rec Centre to take part in the Brooklyn Olympic Day. We will be leaving school at 9:15 and assembling in the main stadium at the Rec Centre ready for a 9:45 start. We aim to be finished at 2:30pm travelling back to school in time for buses.
During the day the children will participate in a range of games and all students will be encouraged to embrace the Olympic values of friendship, respect and excellence. The children have been divided into 10 groups which include students from all classes, year eight children will take on the leadship role of each group.
Clothing: The children will need to wear clothing suitable clothing for participating in a range of different physical activities;
track pants or leggings - tee shirt - warm sweatshirt suitable for participating in sports games- sports shoes (non marking)
Students will all require a large drink of water, morning tea snack and a packed lunch. Students will be able to purchase a lunch on Friday which will be made at the Rec Centre. Lunch will consist of sausage and bread, small chippies, fruit and a juice box. This is available at the cost of $5.
Lunches will need to be ordered and paid for before Friday please see order form below.
Transport: If your child wants to make their own way to the Motueka Recreation Centre on Friday please fill in the form below so teachers are aware of their individual arrangements and transport is able to be allocated on the day.
Brooklyn School Staff