This week we visited the Singapore Botanic Gardens for a field trip. There were lots of beautiful and exciting things to see but we were on the hunt for shadows and reflections!
We saw so many beautiful reflections of the plants, sky and even ourselves in the ponds and lakes. We also saw some shadows of ourselves on the pathways once the sun came out. This gave us a chance to think again about why we can see our shadows only when the sun is out.
This is a video of our trip that Libby's mum Jenni created -->
These are some photos of our visit:
We also wrote some thank you notes to our parent volunteers on the trip as part of our 'Notes of Gratitude' action as service project:
Last week, we celebrated Caileigh and Cailynne's birthdays in our class and were all treated to some delicious cupcakes and exciting goody bags. As we discussed the experience in our Afternoon Meeting, we agreed that it would be important to say 'Thank you' for all the gifts we received. The next morning we all contributed to a Thank You card - cutting and gluing letters, drawing pictures and signing our names. Ms. Alison wrote some of our ideas for us so we made sure we said everything we wanted to.
This activity is connected to Kindergarten 1's Action as Service project, 'Notes of Gratitude'. The PYP philosophy encourages all students to reflect on their learning and make contributions to their local and global communities on issues related to people and the environment. This approach to service can range from small everyday actions like picking up garbage to wider reaching projects like a whole school recycling system. In Kindergarten 1, a simple way of developing a service mindset is to become aware of the people and things around us and how we are grateful for these things and our interactions with them. Throughout the year, we'll be engaging in our 'Notes of Gratitude' project in order to develop dispositions for valuation participation in service and our community.
Some of the curriculum connections and desired learning outcomes of this project include:
Stay tuned for more ways that we are saying "Thank You!"
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