Out in the garden in the beautiful spring sun, Ms Chiara was showing the children how to weave on the newly constructed frame, a part of the structures unit. The children were extremely relaxed for late on a Friday afternoon, chatting as they weaved and hammered decorative bottle tops into the wood; all from our recycled hoard of treasures. Working with objects on a large scale is extremely important for young children's gross motor skills. It gives them opportunities to use their whole body and strengthen all of their core stabilising muscles. These in turn influence the finer motor skills needed to function as they learn, for example sitting on a chair with correct posture and holding writing implements. If a child doesn’t have the ability to control these movements in class they can lose focus as so much of their energy is used on concentrating on how to sit and pay attention. Therefore taking students outside and working on large scale projects is fundamental to healthy developmental growth.
Heads were not bowed over desks or looking at screens as Kinder researched roles for their current unit. Instead the students were out really looking at what is going on in the community. What jobs and responsibilities exist inside and outside of our school? One question that came up was, 'How does lunch get to the dining room'? There is a system and Kinder G explored and documented this. They took photographs at strategic points along the route and then put them into the correct order in class showing how the network works efficiently and that everyone has a role to play .
Kinder S went out into the community and discovered the many roles in the neighbourhood. They visited the garage next to school and saw Luigi washing a car. Then they stopped off at the alimentari where the kind shop keeper demonstrated the specific aspects of his role. These opportunities to interact with adults in the real world give the children the opportunities to use their language skills, learning how to question, listen and relate the knowledge back to the other students in class.
Nursery are caring for living things, they therefore took a walking trip to the local garden centre to inquire about looking after plants. They returned jubilant with gifts from the very kind lady, begonias and herbs to add to our small garden. Having these hands-on experiences is so very meaningful giving importance to the ladies role in caring for her own plants and adding another level of learning.
Baffled we handed the job over to the logical Ms Alida who along with Mr Vigneault and the Prep V children tackled the puzzling plan and amazingly put together the whole structure in record time, which was a perfect activity for them in their current unit of ‘Structures’. The students worked systematically and collaboratively, figuring out the logical next steps independently. Once the whole thing was completed one child chipped up’ Can we take it to pieces and start again?’