We ventured out to the back of the school field where there are a mixture of evergreen and deciduous trees. We talked about how evergreen trees do not lose their leaves during the year and how in Autumn deciduous trees have leaves that change colour and fall to the ground. Then in spring new buds form, some trees have blossoms and then new leaves grow. Discussion was held around using each one of the senses separately. We shared the key competency of ‘relating to others’ through listening and the sharing of ideas.
I can see - the different coloured leaves on the ground. We saw birds, blue sky, trees, branches, children, and our teacher.
leaves falling, red, yellow, green, and brown
I can hear - leaves crunching, wind rustling, sparrows,other children and the cars.
bees buzzing and twigs cracking under our feet
I can touch - the rough bark on the tree trunks and the smooth smaller branches. We can feel the grass and the leaves in piles, all different shapes and sizes. We can feel the leaves landing on our skin and hair as we throw them in the air and at each other.
The leaves feel rough
I can smell - the grass
I can taste - the fresh air and the frost tastes like icy water.
As a class, we brainstormed adjectives so our poems could better describe our Autumn senses. I added these words to our Tree Word Wall.
The poem template had an area for the students’ to draw their picture and a line each for the senses. The students used the key competency of ‘managing self’ to use their own chosen words for their poem. These are some of their poems.
Keywords - Autumn, Ngahuru, senses, sensory, poems, deciduous