We have had some students show an interest in Ventriloquism, they have designed and created their own puppets. Ginny is now taking a crash course in how to teach this delightful skill! It is so creative and clever and fun! Sophie has called her puppet Cynthia and Zephyr has called his The Professor of Annoyingville. We look forward to the first show!
Well after hatching seven eggs successfully, we have had three deaths so we are left with a small Quail family of four baby chicks. We have learned a lot along the way, they are very fragile wee chicks and need warmth, water and food and good luck! The Wednesday and Thursday students have loved seeing them and have been careful to not scare them. We are still seeking names but have loads of fabulous suggestions.
Current favourites are Lemon for the wee yellow girl, Pepper and Salt for the Stripey one. Big Foot for the male who is taller than everyone else and screeches, he is the Boss! Terry, Fleur, Fluffy, Chilli & Basil.. So many suggestions we will need to have a voting system to decide.
It was great to attend the special afternoon tea for sponsors who donated gifts towards the Adopt a Family project, held today at the Salvation Army headquarters in Leven Street. Year 6 student Sophie Jukes (and Mum Sonja) accompanied Ginny and I to this special occasion.
Sophie was the brainchild behind the adopt a family initiative that evolved from our 'Pay it Forward' concept last year. The adopt a family project is in its fifth year, with sponsors donating gifts to over 130 families throughout Invercargill.
Well with much anticipation our long awaited hatching of our Coturnix Quail happened on cue with the Easter Bunny!
From ten eggs, we have so far successfully hatched five Quail. Number six sadly did not make the journey.
We look forward to them surviving and being named.
Currently Marlene is calling them Screech #1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5! They chirp non stop. Fingers crossed all the enrich@ILT students will meet them this coming, short week.
Nature is truly amazing...
Our Math team were introduced to the world of Pentominoes. A pentomino piece is made by joining five squares/cubes together side-to-side. There are 12 pieces in a pentomino set, these pieces can be easily identified by 12 letters of the alphabet - F , I, L , N , P , T , U , V , W , X , Y , Z.
Here's a clip that shows what shapes can be created using a pentomino set. Enjoy!
The Tuesday group were challenged today by examining in close detail the systems involved in a familiar item, a child's bike.They had to identify the parts of the cycles sub-system, name the parts and the functions.Then they had to describe the input and output of the system. Students then had to indicate how the subsystem parts affect the bicycles, speed, safety, comfort and durability.
There was interesting discussion about the cogs, the drivers, the wheels, aerodynamics and human power.
Students then did an observational drawing that they labelled and named.
What am I?
With pointed fangs it sits in wait,
With piercing force its doles out fate,
Over bloodless victims proclaiming its might,
Eternally joining in a single bite.
What am I?
Only one color, but not one size,
Stuck at the bottom, yet easily flies,
Present in sun, but not in rain,
Doing no harm, and feeling no pain.
This clip proved a real hit with our students. An amazing artist who has mastered each Disney characters voice perfectly. Enjoy!
Happy St Patricks day, to be sure, to be sure...
Thursday students enjoyed sampling some Green Bread Rolls today and were pleasantly surprised they tasted just like bread rolls should!
This week students have been viewing a very interesting Ted Talk called Why Bees Are Disappearing...
This has then been followed up by a learning task called POOCH - Problems, Options, Outcomes and lastly Choices. Students have had to use problem solving skills to think critically about the issues bees are facing. They clarify issues by using logic in judging the information they have been introduced to.
Students discussed a number of alternative solutions before selecting their final solution.
This was a very busy discussion time as there were many issues identified and many new concepts to research more about like pesticides and parasites.
Beehives are a fascinating system and it was pleasing the students were able to draw on last weeks new knowledge of the four systems they are learning about: Animate, Mechanistic, Ecological and Social.