After Nora saw a cup performance on YouTube, she decided to teach it to her friends. Arwyn then suggested they perform it to the song "I'm Going to Miss You When I'm Gone". The girls practiced it in their free time on the playground, and then performed it in class. Then they asked Mr Pinchbeck if they could perform it at the K1 to Grade 2 assembly. What great risk takers!
In Math, we are collecting data using tally charts and then displaying it using bar graphs.
Here we are collecting data about an area of interest.
Aubrey: These are Singapore farm fresh eggs. Then they separate the males and females. Then they clean them and pack them with a machine.
Teddy: I've never tried Singapore farm eggs.
Pieter: Ah, I think it's good, because it's local. I wonder why they separate them.
Aubrey: So they don't get babies.
Adam: How much do they cost?
Aubrey: I don't know. It doesn't say on the carton.
Ms Florence: What color is the egg?
Aubrey: I don't know.
Adam: But there's a picture on the container.
Aubrey: But it may not be the same inside. I don't know.
Siena: If you go this from Singapore, which farm did you get it from?
Aubrey: I don't know where my mom got it.
We took a close look at the carton. It said that it had been packaged for NTUC.
Emanie: Oh, that's Fair Price. It must be from Fair Price.
We also saw there was a company name on the eggs. We wondered if that was the name of the farm maybe. There was also a logo that showed it was a local product. We decided we might look to see how many more products we can find with that logo the next time we go to the supermarket.
We wanted to know more about why the hens and roosters are separated so we watched a YouTube clip about egg production.
Adam: So this is margarine. It's from Australia, which is close to Singapore. And this is from Denmark so it has to travel a long way to get here.
And here's a picture of me in Sweden. It's my friend's house. It has lots of cows. And in Sweden you can make fresh milk, and cheese and butter.
Shotaro: I'm wondering if you've been to Denmark.
Adam: I don't think so, but I think my mom has.
Ms Leah: How does the margarine get here?
Adam: By ship. If you put it in an airplane, there won't be space. Plus it will cost more money then. And then the margarine will be really expensive.
Pieter: But there are special planes, cargo planes. And they are really, really big.
Adam: But it would be so, so expensive. A boat is cheaper, but from Denmark it has to go a long way through the water.
Siena: That's a lot of food miles.
Pieter: And that means there will be boat pollution. Boat pollution is a gas and it's bad for the Earth.
Johnny: Or a liquid. It can be a liquid too.
Teddy: If there's too much oil, the oil kills the fish and can kill the animals.
We wanted to learn more about this so we watched a YouTube clip about the affect the BP oil spill had on wildlife. The tanker was not transporting food, it was transporting oil, but it shows us what can happen if a lot of oil gets into the water.
Today we went on a field trip to the goat farm. Before the trip we made our predictions about what we thought we would see, hear, taste, smell and touch.
Teddy: I know I will see goats. It will be a lot of goats. I think it will be a man that is milking one of them and making one. I wonder if there will be cows and chickens.
Johnny: I know that I'll smell funny things and maybe smell wheat. I think we might see the goat getting milked and maybe some wheat.I wonder if it is dirty and if it is a bit wet and if it is very smell and if we can get cheese.
Adam: I know I'm going to the goat farm. I think I will see how the goat is milked. I wonder if I can see a cow.
Minzhe: I know I will visit the goat farm. I think I can see how they milk the goat. I wonder what the goat milk tastes likes.
Frankie: I'm going to see goats. I'm going to see grass. I think I will see a farmer. I think I will see a farm. I wonder if I will feed goats.
Griff: I know it will smell bad. I will see goats. It will be muddy. I think my feet will get wet, a farmer will milk a goat, I will have fun. I wonder if I will milk a goat. I wonder if I will taste milk.
Arwyn: I know there will be some goats and I know there will be a farmer working there. I think there will be goats cheese. I wonder if there will be any more animals.
Emanie: I know that pigs are also there and horses are also there. I think bats are also there and the goats are also there and I know there are also cows there. I wonder where is the farm.
Lucy: I know there is going to be farmers. I think we are going to try some milk. I wonder if I will smell goat cheese.
Siena: I know I will see goats, flowers, barns, trees. I will hear 'baaah', 'moooo', talking. I think I will see dogs. Maybe I will see sheep. I wonder how they milk the cows. What do they wear?
Claire: I know I will see a pick, yak and a goat. I think there will be a lot of goats. I wonder if there will be a yak.
We learnt that the male goats are called bucks, the females are does and babies are called kids. The does produce milk for their babies and carry the milk in their udders. The goats are milked, then the milk travels from the mechanism to a drum. Later it is bottled. If you don't refrigerate the milk, you have to drink it within an hour. If it is in the fridge, then it can last a week.
Many people drink goat milk because they may be allergic to cow's milk and it is lower in lactose for people who have lactose intolerance.
The goats at the farm are fed grain and hay.
Griff: Do the goats fight?
Guide: No, they are actually very peaceful.
Griff: How many times do the goats get fed?
Guide: Three times a day.
Griff: How many goats do you have?
Guide: Over 100.
Shotaro: How long do the goats live for?
Guide: Their life span is 12 years.
We then got to tour the area where the goats are kept. The does, bucks and kids are kept separately.
Afterwards we discussed what the trip as a class.
Adam: I was really surprised, because I thought we were going to a farm and there was going to be grass and stuff. But there was metal everywhere.
Frankie: Yah, I didn't think they'd be in metal cages. I thought they'd be eating grass.
Arwyn: And running and playing.
Emanie: I thought there would be different animals.
Siena: I wasn't expecting them to be all crammed into cages. It was so crowded.
Lucy: And I thought they would all be together. Not separated. The moms, dad and kids were all separated. And I wondered why.
Teddy: There was some kind of milking machine, attached to their utters. I thought they would milk by hand.
Shotaro: I learnt that a goat's lifetime is 12 years.
Griff: And that they are fed three times a day.
Johnny: And they don't fight. But actually we saw two fighting. Or maybe they were just playing.
Arwyn: I thought they'd be like grazing on grass and have lots of room to move around.
Griff: Me too.
Nora: I wonder why the goats were separated.
Teddy: What is the milking machine called and why do they use it? Why don't they just do it by hand?
Claire: Do they ever get to play outside?
Emma: Do they have any other animals there?
Siena: What are their lives like?
Lucy: Like maybe they could have toys or something.
Siena: A grassy area.
Pieter: How do they sleep? On the hard ground? Or do they even sleep?
Shotaro: Where do they go when they are waiting to be milked?
Johnny: Do they milk them even in storms? What happens if the machines break?
Griff: I know now they get fed three times a day, but how much do they get fed. It didn't look like they were getting much food.
Siena: Why do they chop off their horns? And how?
At lunch time we got to try some fresh goat milk!
Later we reflected in writing.
Siena: I wish the goats had a bed made out of grass. The goats should get to run around once in awhile. What do they do if there is a fire? How do they clean the goat's milk? I touched a goat. The goat felt smooth. At first, I felt scared to pet it, but when I touched it, it felt soft. Then I felt safe. The baby goats are called kids.
Emanie: Today we went to the goat farm, and we ate the snack in the goat farm. And the goat farm is so gross. And also we throw up, because the goat was gross. And the machine is using the goat for the milk. And also it's so gross. And it is hot over there. And then we tried the goat milk. It was good.
Minzhe: Today, I visited the goat farm. I saw goat line up for milking. They used machine to squeeze the goat milk. The goat milk put into bottles. I taste the chocolate milk. I don't like goat milk.
Nora: I saw goats. It was fun. I found out that they use machines to get the milk. And that the small goats are kids. It wasn't how I imagined it would be like. Maybe it was sad for them to be in a cage all of the time. I hope they could play sometimes.
Lucy: I felt a bit sad, because the moms were separated from the dads and the babies were separated. I had fun stroking the babies. They felt so furry. One of them almost bit Arwyn. But it was stinky.
Frankie: I pat the goat. The goat feels good. I also saw two goats fighting. It was fun to see the goats. I think they should change the name. Because it is full of cages and no farm. How do the goats sleep well?
Adam: Today we had a field trip to the goat farm. I saw a machine squeezing the goat milk. They collect the goat milk into a tank. The goat milk is put into bottles. I tasted the chocolate milk. It was good. Johnny: I think they should change the name because there is no farm. It is like a metal place. I wonder if goats have fun. I wonder if they have a good sleep. I wonder if the goats get to run. I wonder if the goats fight. I wonder what goats eat on other farms.
Griff: I saw one or two goats fighting each other. It was not nice. But it was cool. One of them jumped on the other. The other one was scared. All of the goats were trapped in a cage. It was not nice. I wish they'd let them out, because it's like a prison for goats.
Teddy: I learnt that they live for 12 years. I felt sad that they were in a cage. It was a little bit stinky there, and I did not expect that. It looked like a balloon, the milking thing.
Claire: Some milk come from goats from a machine. Why? My question is I thought only cows have milk. But goats too. Goat farms have goats, a lot of goats in the goat farm. Why? Do goats have utters? They like to eat grain and grain comes from the USA. Milk is good. I love food! There's much in the USA. How do they make it (grain)? Does it come from grass?
Do you know where snow comes from? We watched this video to find out.
Emma: The water droplets form together and it gets so cold up there that it freezes and becomes snow. It's like rain, but it's when it is really cold up there.
Shotaro: And rain starts with evaporation. When it gets hot out, the water evaporates.
Lucy: And the gas travels up to the clouds.
Griff: But then the higher up it goes, it gets colder, and then there's condensation.
Frankie: Which means it goes back to liquid so it rains.
Emma: Only when it's like a cold place and it's a cold time, then it freezes instead and turns to snow.
Today we watched a video about food miles.
Afterwards we discussed the video.
Lucy: They were Scottish. In Scotland there are lots of farms.
Griff: It looks kind of like where my grandfather lives.
Griff: The video was about food miles, like how far food has to go to get to your plate.
Siena: And you should try to buy local food, like from a market or something.
Johnny: What's local?
Frankie: It means like from the country you are in.
Pieter: Because if you buy food from, like, United States or somewhere it has to go a long way.
Griff: And that's bad for the environment.
Arwyn: Because it causes pollution.
Griff: In the other video, they were on a ship and that's bad for the environment. Because it causes pollutions and stuff.
Johnny: And if vegetables have to go on a ship or something they might go bad.
Griff: And if they go rotten, it's just a waste of money and things.
Arwyn: And the fish fingers went through so many machines and things, which is not good, for the environment.
Frankie: Also, it's not so healthy, because at the factory they probably put lots of salt and things but if you eat fish from the sea then you can just add a little salt. Also, it was deep fried, which is not healthy.
Pieter: And if you eat fish, you can eat one fish, but they use lots of fish to make fish fingers and waste lots.
Aubrey: And if they catch lots of fish, then there won't be so many fish. And the animals who eat them will die.
Arywn: And the animals that eat those animals will also die, because it's a cycle.
Pieter: Yes, it's a cycle and the cycle would stop.
Siena: We can buy stuff that comes from Malaysia, because Malaysia is close to Singapore and there won't be so many food miles.
Griff: Or India. India has farms.
Frankie: From countries that are close.
This week we have been reading Locomotive by Brian Floca, which is about a steam train. Griff asked about what steam is, so we decided to find out. Johnny and Shotaro went and filled Ms Leah's kettle and we plugged it in to see what would happen. A short while later, we saw steam coming out of the kettle.
We had many theories about why that was. Ms Leah told us that if it wasn't an electric kettle and we could leave on the heat source, the kettle would eventually be empty.
Siena: I know, because the water goes into the air.
Shotaro: Water is a liquid, but it becomes...
Griff: A gas.
Aubrey: I know that. I learnt it in Little Scientists. Water when heated becomes a gas.
Ms Leah told us it is called evaporation. She asked us what we think would happen if the room became cool again. She told us you can sometimes see this on windows.
Lucy: Or on a water bottle if it's cold.
Arywn: I can put my water bottle into the fridge for awhile, let it get cold and we can find out.
Lucy: Look, it's closed, but the outside is wet.
Ms Leah explained that this process is called condensation.
Griff: Is that why it rains then? Does it get hot and then the water evaporates and goes up to like the clouds, and then it gets cold and there's condensation and it rains?
Johnny: What about snow? Why does it snow sometimes?
Frankie: I want to know how the weathermen can tell what the weather is going to be.
Pieter: They just guess.
Frankie: No, they don't!
Pieter: Yes, they do. They just guess. Sometimes they say it is going to rain and it doesn't even rain. Sometimes they say it will be sunny, and it rains.
Frankie: But they aren't guessing.
Pieter: Yes, they are.
Today during our class meeting to look at our first question: Why does it rain?
Pieter: We can watch a video on YouTube.
Griff: You can type in rain cycle.
Shotaro: We already know that. You taught us about evaporation and condensation yesterday. But we didn't know that word. Precipitation.
Johnny: Oh, so that's why it rains. Wait a minute? Is that why it snows some places too? Because the air there is really cold? Can we watch a video on snow tomorrow?
Do you know where fish fingers come from? We do! We watched a YouTube video that took us through the processes fish fingers go through to get to our tables.
Afterwards we explained the process using diagrams or words, then dictating our ideas to Ms Leah.
Siena: Fish fingers start out as tiny little eggs. They grow into big fish and are fished out of the water. They take the fish to a factory in the ship. They wash them and cut them.They cut the fish, remove the skin and fry the fish. They pack it in a box.
They go back to shore and deliver the fish to a truck. The truck delivers the fish fingers to a shop.
You buy it from the shop. You go home, cook it and eat it. (Fact: People who get the fish get money)
Why do you think the message 'Change the world' keeps coming up?
Siena: The girl wastes a lot of food. The food goes to the trash can. Then it goes to the dump. If everybody takes a car to the shop, smoke comes.
Pieter: This fish is swimming in the ocean. Then a man comes with a net and catches it. Then they kill the fish. Then it goes to the factory. Then it goes to the truck. Then it goes to the shop. Then a little girl and her mom buy it. Then they go home with it and cook it. Then the mom puts the food on the plate. Then she eats two of them. Then she pushes the rest away and the mom throws it away. Then the food goes to the dump.
Problem: Then there are less animals and you don't finish them off and maybe the animal will become extinct. Then no more food comes, because food comes from animals and plants. That causes a sick Earth.
Griff: A man catches a fish on a boat. He gives it to another man. The other man gives it to the cook. The cook chops it into small pieces and puts the pieces in bread crumbs. He delivers it to the supermarket. And a lady buys the fish fingers and she takes it home in her car. And gives it to her daughter. And she gives her fish fingers and fries. And the daughter only eats the french fries. And she throws the fish in the garbage.
Problem: And that's bad, because they wasted the fish for nothing. People killed the living fish and it just got thrown in the garbage.
Minzhe: We cannot waste food. We bought fish fingers from supermarket.
Teddy: First somebody fished. And then they cut it. Then a truck takes it to a shopping mall. And then somebody buys it.
Problem: And then the problem is somebody throws it away. And then you waste food for nothing. Someone fished for fish and killed it. Then somebody made it for nothing.
Frankie: Some fishermen got some fish and put it in the factory. Then they put it into some trucks and put it into a shop. One family just went to take some fish fingers. Then they eat it and put it in the garbage can. That is wasting food-not good.
Problem: If you buys it and don't eat it, it's wasting. Wasting is a bad thing, because if people got a toy and wanted it and then they didn't play with it and put it in the garbage, it's not good. Like things are hard to do, like a car. It's hard to make so the owner says, "I don't want it." It's hard to make, so it's bad.
Emanie: The fish went to the sea. People take the fish in the sea. The people cut the fish. They send it to the supermarket. Someone buys it. Then they went to the car. And then they eat it. But then the girl was not eating it. So then the mom threw it away.
Problem: The girl was wasting food and people buy it so they can eat.
Adam: The person gets a fish in a boat. Then they go to land and get a car and take the fish. It goes to a factory to make the stuff into fish stuff. And they cut the scales off. Then they put it in the oven and make the fish fingers. They put it in a box. Then they put in a shop. Then some people drive to the shop and buy the fish fingers. Then they cook it. Then the mom gives it to the kid. And the kid ate a little so the mom had to throw it.
Problem: Don't throw the food. It's wasting. Don't throw the fish fingers. There will be no fish on the planet.
Johnny: So they get a boat and catch the fish. And then they bring the fish to the factory. The factory people will cut the fish and cut off the eyes and then put the fish in a box. And then they put the fish in a box. And then they give it to the people who work the cranes. They give it to the trucks and the trucks give it to the supermarkets. And then a lady goes to the supermarket and buys it. And she drives in a car home.
Problem: If you eat animals all the time, there won't be any animals left. And if you waste food and keep doing it every time, then you won't have any energy and you won't be able to do things.
Lucy: They get the fish and go to a place and cut it up. Then it goes in boxes. And it gets sent to different shopping malls.
Problem: Wasting fish is not good. Some people in this world don't have any food.
Claire: Fish fingers come from an egg and then they get born. They catch the fish with a net and bring it to the factory. Then they slice it with a machine. They put it into a machine and it becomes fish fingers. And they put it in a box. And put them in a truck. And put them in Cold Storage. And the person drives to Cold Storage. And she buys fish fingers. When they got home, they ate the food and the little girls didn't eat all the food and her mom threw it away.
Problem: Don't waste food, please. You'll be sent somewhere bad when you die.
Nora: Fish comes from the sea. They chop it. They put it in an oven. They drive fish fingers to the shop. Then people buy it. The boy wasted the food.
Problem: The food will get less food. Also, you won't have money to buy food.
Aubrey: They start as eggs. The fish get caught. And it goes to the boat. It gets killed. It gets shaped in a machine. Then it gets fried or something. Then it gets put in a box. Then it goes to the supermarket. It gets put in the fridge. Anyone can buy it. Then they cook it and put on a plate. It gets eaten or thrown in the trash if it doesn't get eaten.
Problems: The Earth will get sick. Don't waste food or it might go in a dump. And the fish will lose its family. All the animals who eat it will also die.
Arwyn: The fish fingers come from the sea. The people get the fish when they have grown. Then they catch them. Then they use a machine to cut it. They throw the skin away. Then they put in in a box and sell it to shops like Tanglin Mall or Cold Storage. Then a person buys it and has dinner. Then throws it away. But some people eat it all.
Problem: But some people don't (eat it all) and that's not what you are supposed to do and it's bad for the environment, because it goes in to the dump! And then rain comes and it goes into the sea! Because the dump is near the sea. And the poor animals have to eat it. The Earth needs your help! Please save the Earth.
The dogs are living in a backyard. And dinosaurs come from a bad, evil portal and they come and try to eat the dogs. And the dogs kill the dinosaurs in a big fight. And then destroy the portal.
By Griff, Lucy and Emanie