Mānawatia a Matariki

This week we had Whaea Kim join the teina to learn about the pūrakau Matariki.

Whaea Kim tells the pūrakau while involving all of our senses. Tamariki get to hear the sounds of our Atua, smell Pohutukawa, taste things that grow under the protection of Haumiatikitiki and Rongomatane. All while they watch the story unfold in fornt of them as Whaea Kim uses props to support the story.

We had so much fun!

What have you been doing to celebrate Matariki?

Casting Magic With Worms

What an amazing haerenga we had visiting the Eco Centre to learn about worms and the mahi they do to help breakdown our kai scraps.

We began our visit learning about the different types of worms. Some grow up to over a metre long!

Then we dug up our own earth worms…

…to investigate the difference between them and compost worms (Tiger worms).

Our facilitator showed us how to make a worm farm before letting us make one to take home.

First we cut our plastic bottles and wrapped them in newspaper.

Then we shredded up some newspaper, soaked it in water and added it to the bottom of our plastic bottles.

Next, we added compost and worms to our bottles.

Finally, we turned the top of our bottles upside down and added soil and grass seeds.

We had so much fun on this haerenga and we learnt so many new things about worms and the role they play in helping us keep Papatūānuku healthy and strong.

Spectacular Science

Ata Hāpara teina are exploring what it means to be a scientist. We have been having fun learning what chemists do and try out our own experiment.

We predicted what would happen if we mixed baking soda and vinegar together. Then we worked in small groups to test our hypothesis.

We found out that the mixture would bubble and fizz due to the gases released when the two mediums were mixed.


What experiments should we try next?


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