Claire and John took advantage of the sun and gave the tamariki the opportunity to scale a tree.
This is a practical example of early maths and physics skills, the concept of mass and gravity and also pulley mechanisms and how they work. As long as the children at the bottom of the tree all hold onto the rope, their combined weight keeps the child at the top up in the air.
The majority of the tamariki really enjoyed the experience. Here are some of their recollections when they were asked what their favourite part of the tree scaling experience was:
Taylah said; "(I liked) going up, because I like going up in the air. I saw some birds!"
Siena liked: "Climbing up with John. You have to pull the rope. I liked climbing up the tree just because."
Arty related his turn to a recent flying fox experience. He liked, "Being way up high. I was a bit scared, but I am not (scared) on the flying fox. We had a harness and a rope so I didn't fall off."
Cameron's favourite part was: "not holding on! Well Karmen did it too. We started not holding on and you didn't fall off. Our feet were in the tree and our hands were in the air."
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