It was another beautiful Durban Autumn day on Monday 16th May when the Gr R learners of Makabongwe took to the streets, heading out to Durban Botanic Gardens.
Excursions are always exciting days at school. Marching in groups of 8 with an educator in charge, the children walked past some street traders stopping to buy their morning snack.
We were warmly welcomed at the Gardens by Thami, Jody and the team of volunteer guides. The children went off in 4 directions each learning about different trees, colours and shapes of leaves, what trees do for us and for nature in general. The children saw different bird’s nests, plants that float on water, as well as plants that have been around since the time of dinosaurs, viz. cycads. Some children made beautiful cards out of leaves and flower petals, others performed on the stage singing songs about the gardens and telling the audience what they had seen. Other children collected samples of different leaves, scratched in the ground for insects and other creatures living under rocks exploring and learning at the same time.
The picnic lunch of chicken mayonnaise sandwiches – a first for the children – was enjoyed by everyone and juice to quench our thirst preparing everyone for the walk back to school.
The neighbourhood resounded with the sound of children marching and singing as they headed back to Makabongwe.
Thank you Botanic Gardens for hosting our learners. We hope to be back in the not too distant future.