Welcome to our blog. We are a class of year 0-1 students (5-6 yr olds) at Hope Primary School in New Zealand. Our teacher is Mrs Ross and this blog is a journal of our learning experiences while we are here in Room 3.
Today is the last Discovery day of term 2 and as per usual the children chose the activities for Discovery Time.
Lots of problem solving and creativity going on today. I decided it had been a while since I had videoed the children working things out for themselves, hope you enjoy the video.
Happy Holidays see you in two weeks.
In case you don't know what barrier games are....... They are a great language tool—they provide opportunities to develop receptive (understanding) and expressive (speaking) communication skills. In a barrier game, two players sit across from each other with a barrier, such as a book or a big shield between them. Players take turns at telling the opposite player where to place the objects on their board as they themselves put the same objects, in the same place, on their own board. At the end they both look at the 2 boards and check if they have been able to understand and listen to the correct placement of the objects. Lots of fun.
Today we joined with Room 4 and took a trip to Bishops School in Nelson and then to Broadgreen House in Stoke.
This trip makes for a great finish to our topic of "Hope School in the Past".
We dressed up in olden-days clothes and stepped back in school time as we entered Bishops School. Our teacher was John..we had to call him Sir (Yes Sir) he carried a cane and made sure we were all behaving ourselves!! We did some reading and writing and had a look around at some of the memorabilia. Bishops School has been around for many years.
Then we left Bishops School and had lunch in the conservatory at Broadgreen House. After lunch we had a great time learning about home life in the early days. We enjoyed making butter, peeling apples, and pumping water from a well. We also learnt how to wash clothes without an automatic washing machine. We discovered that there was no bathroom in the house and that people back then had to use a "chamber pot". It was very interesting looking at all the amazing things in the house.