Discovery day had a bee theme and students worked through a variety of tasks with a partner focusing on the Key Competency - Using language symbols and text. The New Zealand curriculum describes this competency below.
Using language, symbols, and texts
Using language, symbols, and texts is about working with and making meaning of the codes in which knowledge is expressed. Languages and symbols are systems for representing and communicating information, experiences, and ideas. People use languages and symbols to produce texts of all kinds: written, oral/aural, and visual; informative and imaginative; informal and formal; mathematical, scientific, and technological.
Students who are competent users of language, symbols, and texts can interpret and use words, number, images, movement, metaphor, and technologies in a range of contexts. They recognise how choices of language, symbol, or text affect people’s understanding and the ways in which they respond to communications. They confidently use ICT (including, where appropriate, assistive technologies) to access and provide information and to communicate with others.
It was really important to follow all of the instructions to make sure that the wrap would be water tight and to avoid getting beeswax on the irons.
"The beeswax was really hard to grate, they didn't say that in the video" Blake
We also used the oven, melting our beeswax on top of the fabric. We had to follow picture instructions to get this one right.
"The pictures didn't say what to do if there wasn't enough wax so we started at the beginning again" Lachlan
We made hanging bee decorations showing what we had learnt about the size of bee bodies in comparison to their wings, what a creative way to show what we had learnt.
We were set a challenge to create a plane that could fly a bee if it needed a helping hand. We had some fantastic planes but the prizes went to the people who had followed all of the instructions, the most important one being that there had to be a bee on top!
We love to use things that we grow at school and things that are produced in our community.
As a whole class we used instructions written by students from a Northland school to make our very own ointment.
We used Kawakawa leaves, lavender flowers, olive oil and beeswax.
We were really interested in the smell and taste of the ingredients and noticed that Kawakawa had a numbing effect when chewed. We found out the Maori used to chew the leaves to help with toothache.
Exploring Kawakawa by ripping, rubbing and tasting.
"It smells like medicine" Piper
When we started to work with bees the first thing that came into most of minds was honey! Today we made rice krispie cakes using honey, sugar and butter. We worked so hard to follow the instructions by ourselves. We knew that if we didn't follow the instructions our cakes might not turn out very well. Both Mrs Burne and Mrs Bartram said that they were the best honey cakes they had ever tasted. Thank you so much Nanny Karen, Mrs Davies, we love cooking with you!
Following instructions using diagrams and pictures is something we know that we could use.
"I've seen my dad's instructions for the cabinet like that" Devon
Our challenge was to make a cup using paper that would hold water.
Thank you Mrs Frewin, we love having you share our day with us today and help with these cups.