Learning about soil
For the last five weeks, our Summer School students have been learning about different aspects of nature through challenging games, storytelling in addition to other creative activities and fun field trips. Our aim is to open our minds to love and enjoy nature by becoming familiar with its different elements and how they affect our lives and our environment.
Apart from plants, water, light, air, micro-organisms, minerals and others, our children have also learning about soil, one of nature’s most essential living elements. As humble as it may seem, soil is used in many daily activities such as planting and growing as well as in construction (our school is a fine example of this!), mining and so on.
What do we know about soil? Where does soil come from? What types of soil are best for growing plants? Questions like these are posed to the children who learn the answers by experimenting with art, storytelling and planting activities. On Monday, our children visited the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden where they picked up pebbles, leaves and grass and mixed them with soil before pounding them and putting the different combinations into bottles. Water is added to see which combination can hold the water longest and which is best for growing little plants.
This week, the children will make ceramic animals by combining soil and water. They will also use soil to make moulds for candle and musical instruments as well as houses for small animals (like ants and worms) that make the soil their home.
Photos of our field trips to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden