A visit to the Rock Pools
On Friday 24 March, twenty eight excited students went by bus to Waiake Beach, accompanied by their teachers and a large contingent of parent helpers. After being previously cancelled due to rain and strong winds, the weather held out for us and the rock pools at low tide didn’t disappoint, with clear water and an abundance of sea creatures, including darting little fish, shrimp, sea anemones and scavenging hermit crabs. Many rocks were carefully overturned to reveal scuttling mud crabs, to the delight of the onlookers.
The visit was a culmination of our unit of inquiry, with the central idea being “Our actions affect the living and the non-living environment.” The children had previously contributed to and drawn up a code for looking after themselves and caring for the living and non-living environment at the rock pools.
Back at the Kindergarten, they continue to care for their environment by recycling paper and packaging from their lunch boxes. A number of parents have commented on children taking action with recycling at home, showing that even the very young can gain an understanding of the problems in our world and attempt to make a difference.