Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Dem bones, screen printing, and wheat heads

We explored a science kit about bones.
We looked at x-rays, and a skeleton. We identified the names of some of the major bones in our bodies.

Here is Mr Bones, the skeleton.
We looked at the bones inside a body.




We assembled a skeleton.




We experimented with making stencils of fish and printing them. Ms Jones cut out our fish with a scalpel. Then we laid them on paper and printed two colours over them.

Here is the fish stencil ready to print.

After first print.

The print is turned around and reprinted. It shows the earlier print in another colour.
A fish print reversed and printed twice.

Great shapes and colours.

 Mr Green-Bean, the wheat-head man.

Meet Mr Green-Bean. He has wheat hair, a sphagnum moss face, and a class of 22 children lined up beside him on the window-sill. We harvested some wheat that had grown from some wheat straw. We packed it inside stockings with moss and made the heads. The moisture has made the wheat sprout on Mr Green-Bean's head. We are now waiting for the little ones to sprout.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Plastic-free July

Today is the first day of July. It is also the first day of plastic-free July.

Room 5 started the plastic-free month by going around our school boundaries and picking up all the plastic rubbish we could find. We found plastic rubbish in the gutters and along the roadside amongst the plants. By collecting it we stopped all that rubbish ending up going down the drains and into the river then the sea.

look how much we found just around our school boundaries.

We found chip packets, muesli packets, straws, gladwrap, hair ties, packaging, plastic bags and lots and lots of tiny pieces of rubbish.

We talked about how we can make a difference:

  • Bring nude food to school.
  • Don't buy fruit and vegetables in plastic trays with plastic covers - buy it loose.
  • Take bags to the supermarket.
  • Buy meat from the butcher - they put it into paper, not plastic.
  • We don't need plastic straws.
  • Don't buy water in plastic bottles. Re-use a bottle and fill it from the tap.
All these things are  good start for becoming plastic-free.
We are an Enviroschool. This means we think about the best ways to care for our environment.