The first few weeks of the term has seen us continuing our investigations into How the World Works by investigating various materials and how they can be used or manipulated for multiple purposes.
The children have been discussing PVA's purpose and how it varies from other materials such as paint and cellophane.
A discussion about cellophane during the morning meeting provided us with an insight into the children's knowledge and thoughts.
"It's a plastic" Eli
"You can see through it" Ollie C
"It scrunches, so who thinks it's soft plastic?" Rachelle
"Me" Ollie W
"This material can be placed in the soft plastics bag when we are finished with it and made into new things like our table outside or runners we wear" Rachelle
Can you see through the material?
"No, it's too thick" Felix
During our busy working time, the children had an opportunity to engage and create a garland using various coloured cellophane pieces and pegs. These resources led the children into an inquiry about the effects of layering and light with transparent materials.
"It is plastic. It's darker this bit" (Pointing to the layered colours) Fletcher
"It's like our blocks" Ollie W
"I think it looks so pretty" Olivia
"I like the pink" Daisy
"How do you use this peg to hold it" Kai
"I did it see, look at the light and colours" Kai
"I can see me" Felix
"Me too" Ollie C
The children then began to explore light and shadow and how its effect is the same, but we aren't transparent unlike cellophane.
"Hey these are like the cellophane" Fletcher (Noticing that they are also transparent)
"Yeah they are, see here even the coloured ones I can see through" Henry
"You can see through them" Luca (connecting the concept of transparent from our morning meeting to a new situation)
"Hey, I can put all the clear ones together" Henry
The children sorted the water beads into colours using mathematical understanding and language to explore their size, colour and shape.
LEARNER PROFILE: Knowledgeable
Exploring with open-ended art materials and PVA glue …
"The glue sticks it" Maisy
"I can't see it when its dry" Harriet
"Paint is for art, glue is for making or sticking" Alice
"I made a picture with the glue and paper. Some is material actually and some is paper" Riley
How we express ourselves through dramatic role-play
Our new inquiry will explore how we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs, and values. As we play, we will reflect on, extend, and enjoy our creativity and appreciation of the aesthetic.
We have begun our new unit of inquiry on how we express ourselves. We are supporting the children to learn ways of expressing their ideas and emotions in social groups. Listening to other's opinions and respecting different ways of being and doing.
Dramatic role-play in a shop and then the hospital has provided the children with rich opportunities to develop social skills, communication, and collaboration.
We noticed the children accepting and assigning roles in their play and then acting them out.
They explored various problems and enjoyed reinventing scenes that might take place in their real lives, like shopping or to seeing a doctor when they are sick.
The educators helped the children set the stage and locate props that supported creative and imaginative play. To support this play, we will change the materials in the weeks ahead to enhance their play, spark new interests, and allow the children to incorporate new experiences into their play.
"Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, and imagination."
We explore and make sense of our world through the narratives we create.
Physical Games and Obstacle courses
We are principled and use physical movement as a means of expression.
We have been talking about what it means to be principled.
"Taking turns" Fletcher
"That's right and following the rules" Rachelle
"Where do I start?" Teddy
"On the yellow step" Jordyn
"I have done it twice already" Remi
"I made it all the way over the big one" Maisy
"I found that bit hard" Maxine
"It made my tummy feel funny so I walked over there on that bit" Olivia
"Climbing and jumping" William
The children have been working on creating various obstacle courses exploring materials to express and communicate. The children said their feelings as they navigated the lesson and showed respect to others who varied their movements to listen to their bodies.
"I can't jump from there but I can jump from here" Alice
"I went all the way around from the start to the end" Ollie C
"I can do the slide" Ollie W
The children were observed seeking out and accepting new challenges, making discoveries, and celebrating their own and others' achievements. They worked cooperatively to move heavy logs and find different materials, such as the stepping stones. All children engaged in increasingly complex gross motor movement patterns.