The children in my class were asked to bring a small plant pot and a cutting each. I covered a table with magazine papers and in groups of 2 each child put peat in the pot and planted the cutting.
As in previous scholastic years, our school is taking part once again in Dinja Waħda, a project organised by Birdlife Malta in collabroation with BOV. This project aims to give students the love of nature and the care for the environment. For several years our school attained a gold award for effort in promoting and taking part in this project. We hope that this year’s participation continues to build on the past years’ successful attainment.
Year 5 students made these wonderful Christmas cards by recycling old Christmas cards and pieces of left-over paper and cardboard. The students were given blank cards, cut-out pictures and greetings from old Christmas cards and also punched shapes from left-over pieces of coloured paper and each one designed his or her own card. Most students managed to make more than one card. Hung up in class they make a marvellous display! See them for yourself in these pictures.
Kindergarten1 students made these beautiful crafts using recycled materials with their teacher Ms. Maggie Zammit. They made fish bowls from plastic bottles as well as charts recycling paper and pictures from magazines. These activities are also taking part in the Dinja Wahda project. Here are some pictures showing these crafts.
Another Dinja Waħda activity carried out by Year 6 students was “The Wall!” focussing on rubble walls found in the Maltese countryside and their importance as habitats for plants and animals. The activity was carried out in a rural area just outside the village of Lija. Students were given a worksheet to fill in with their observations. After being given a short explanation by the teacher, students had time to observe and note down on their worksheets what they saw on and around the rubble wall. In class, after a short discussion, the students drew pictures of rubble walls and the creatures and plants that live around them. Here are some pictures showing the activity!
Through this activity, students learnt about migration through a game and a drawing and craft activity. Children played a game about migration in which they learnt about the dangers faced by swallows during migration. Then they made cardboard swallows which were displayed in class and ‘migrated’ from one side of the classroom to another.
In the school garden we set up a compost bin. Students from Kindergarten up to Year 7 and even staff members were encouraged to bring along from home vegetable and fruit scraps to make compost at school. In three weeks’ time the bin was filled to the brim. Now we just have to turn and poke the materials inside the bin so that in a few months time we would have some good compost.
Students were familiarised with 6 birds found in Malta, namely, the Sparrow (Għasfur tal-bejt), Sardinian Warbler (Bufula sewda), Black Redstart (Kudiross iswed), White Wagtail (Zakak Abjad), Robin (Pitirross) and the Starling (Sturnell). The activity consisited of a powerpoint presentation about the six birds in which students learnt about each bird and heard their song. Then students coloured pictures of these birds which were displayed in class and on the Green Board. A game followed in which students represented birds and raced to a box in which there were cards with the names of types of food birds eat. Students learned a lot about birds from this activity and enjoyed themselves very much.
For this activity, students were required to set up a bird table in the school garden. They stocked it regularly with food for the birds. Among our guests there were sparrows, sardinian warblers and also robins and black redstarts. Studetns enjoyed the activity as they had fun watching birds eating on the table.