We began the term with a day at the Farm and our beloved Crystal Creek. With great enthusiasm, we skipped towards the Farm, where we sat quietly under the shade of the trees, listening to the rustling leaves and birdsong, before Nadia and Renata, our wonderful gardening teachers, shared our task ‑ to plant thousands of sunflower seeds along the bank. Reverently each child held out their hands to receive the seeds, which were held close to our hearts as we thought of family, friends, colleagues and our beautiful School, and then scattered onto Mother Earth.
Then it was time to roll up our sleeves and manoeuvre the giant round hay bale into position. This was no easy task. It took a lot of strength, energy and collaboration to get it just right, before the hay was rolled out over our tiny seeds. With the seeds now safe and snug under a bed of hay, it was time to offer a song to Mother Earth, that our seeds may grow from the loving work of our hands and all passing by may, in time, enjoy their beauty.
Our task now done, it was time to have some hay bale fun! We lined up and, one by one, each child ran with gusto to leap over the huge bale. Some could barely get lift off, others clambered up the bale, some leapt straight onto it and some even flew straight over it. But all cheered with encouragement, supporting their peers.
Then we raced to Crystal Creek, where half of the class wove beautiful mats and created baskets for their treasures, whilst others built strong cubbies. It was a productive morning and, as we gathered together to head back to class, smiling, muddy faces beamed with joy. “Ah, what a grub nut you are!” I said to one child who responded with tinkling laughter… and so the story of the Grub Nut Children evolved, forming the basis for our mathematics lesson on Place Value.
The children are loving hearing their daily escapades turned into Grub Nut Children stories and I am loving seeing their enthusiasm for all the mathematical games and activities created to engage their wills as a mathematical community of learners.
Class 2 Teacher