Thursday, 31 May 2018

Searching the Shoreline continued...

Our message: Reduce your waste!

Searching the Shoreline at Spencer Park

Ngā Kiwi 4 and 5 exploring the shoreline. We learnt about the different animals that live in our oceans, on the beach and in the sand dunes. The difference between natural objects found on the beach and man-made rubbish we find. Did you know?... most of the man made rubbish found on our beaches comes from littering in our city. Rubbish makes its way to our beaches and can seriously effect our wildlife. We classified our natural and man made rubbish into different piles and then decided what was recyclable, re-usable or waste.

Ngā Kiwi 4 and 5 wrote a positive and powerful message on the beach: TAKE YOUR RUBBISH HOME.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Friday news

Gus's family recently had a busy weekend making bread. Gus decided it was more environmentally friendly to make your own bread than buy it from the supermarket in a plastic bag. Gus shared photos of his bread making with us on Friday and even brought the end of the loaf to show us. Yummy!

James shared a book that he made at preschool. The book teaches us the effect of rubbish on sea animals all over the world. Thanks for sharing James!

Our Big Backyard - Our Tūrangawaewae

We have identified a problem: There is too much waste at our school. We are learning to solve this problem by following the five Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. We are learning that our actions affect the environment of our community.

Ngā Kiwi 1, 2 and 3 discussed what we are already doing to reduce the amount of waste at school. We are making lots of great choices such as:
- Reducing plastic packaging for our morning tea kai
- Using an organics bin for our fruit scraps
- Reusing yoghurt pottles for art
- Using reusable containers for yoghurt
- Using kai carriers

We decided to have a look in our classroom rubbish bin to see what was inside. Once we had listed all the objects we brainstormed ideas to reduce the amount of waste in this bin.

The problem
How can we solve it?
Whiteboard pens with no lids

  • Put the lid back on when you have finished using the pen
  • Find out if we can reuse the plastic part of the pen
  • Use our whiteboards for writing letters, words and numbers
  • Be gentle with our pens

Yoghurt pottle
  • Put yoghurt pottles in the container to be washed and reused
  • Use a container

  • Look for a way to reuse them
  • Bring your own reuable cup

Chip packet
  • Reuse the chip packet and make something new
  • Take it home and put it in the soft plastics recycling
  • Make your own!

  • Use handkerchiefs
  • Reduce the amount you use

Muffin with a wrapper
  • Eat it
  • If you’re full, eat it later
  • Make your own

Glad wrap
  • Use a container
  • Use reusable wrap

Gluestick with no lid
  • Make sure you put the lid back on when you have finished using it

We also found le snak packets, a plastic wrapper from milk, crackers, a felt pen and a peg.

On Thursday we went for a walk to see the creek at the edge of the field. This is where some of our rubbish ends up if it's not disposed of properly. We spotted quite a few pieces of rubbish and managed to pick them up before they blew into the creek. This showed us how our actions affect the environment of our community.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Identifying packaging in NK4/5

After we had drawn and labelled what was in our lunchbox we circled with a highlighted what parts of our lunch had packaging or wrappings on it. We then collated our pictures into piles of no rubbish, one piece of rubbish and two or more.
This is what we found out.

What else is in our lunchbox apart from food?

After lunch we looked at our lunchboxes and sorted what was left over.
The food scraps, the packaging, the gladwrap and yoghurt containers.
We looked at other ways of storing food in our lunchboxes apart from using wrappings.