The conversation about how our huts were affecting our Native Area started at the end of last term as we were bringing more and more things from home and using them in our huts. Having 'things' caused some problems and we were concerned about the increase in 'hut raids' and the damage we were doing.
As we talked about our huts, some words came up again and again, change, different, impact. These words have become the basis of our investigation into how we can continue to enjoy the fun that comes with making huts while still staying true to our environmental values and our Native Area Treaty.
Each year we remind ourselves of the rules of our Native Area that were written by students, to provide the basic agreement to playing in this space.
We talked about these rules and then drew our Dream Hut! We added in all of the things that we would like and how we could use the environment to make our huts just as we wanted them.
As a class we talked about how much change we might be making by creating this hut. Some of the key questions that we asked over and over again were Do you need to bring anything into the Native Area to make it? and
Would you see this in Nature?
Each of us spoke about our hut and added it to this simple chart. By comparing them we could see which huts would make the biggest impact or leave the biggest footprint on the Native Area.
Interestingly we talked about impact not always being bad. Nicolas said that he could have an impact and it be a good one by just using a tree as his hut.
As our discussions progressed over the week we talked about cutting trees down and the impact that this would have. Everyone agreed that there would be a negative impact particularly in relation to Oxygen. What an interesting discussion we had. Sianna and Amber have turned our ideas about oxygen into this short video. Do you agree with what we think?
Big Footprint - Cars, outboard motors, electricity, changing coastal areas for marinas.
Small Footprint - Growing our food, riding horses.
Small Footprint - Growing food, keeping chickens to help with waste, making medicine.
Big Footprint - buildings
Small Footprint - Growing food, making things at home.
Big Footprint - processed foods, using petrol.
Small Footprint - Building from recycled things, saving seeds, growing food.
Big Footprint - big buildings, electricity.
Where do you think power comes from?
We look forward to sharing our learning with you as we continue to ask and answer the big questions. We love comments so please feel free to share!