Friday, 4 April 2014

Inquiry through Discovery...

This term we've introduced shared Discovery time ... an opportunity for the children in our class to meet other students from the same year group and explore a whole range of things.

As a group we have co-constructed 'rules' and learning objectives for Discovery which include things like having fun, making a mess and taking responsibility to clean it up afterwards; sharing ideas and resources with others; taking risks and giving new things a go. 

It has been wonderful to see the children taking responsibility for their learning, adapting resources, sharing ideas, working cooperatively with others, taking turns and helping each other, and above all forging relationships with others.  I have seen these extend outside of Discovery time, with children in our class now seeking out their Discovery friends and sharing break times together. 

For the last couple of sessions we've been enjoying discovering more about our families, roles and responsibilities within them, and how we live.  The children have enjoyed making paper doll families; using big cardboard boxes to make houses/rocket ships/ice cream trucks/supermarkets; role-playing family figures - like Mum, Dad, Nana and other community roles such as shop keepers, policemen etc;  being restauranteurs  - setting up a kitchen, and tables and inviting guests (children, soft toys, dolls) to dine there; domestic chores like washing and drying dishes; and using construction material to make furniture/tools/objects for the house/rocket ships etc.

Using collage materials, pastels and glue to create our families...
"This is my Mum" ~ Hope 
"This is my whole family" ~ Georgia
"This is my Mum, Dad and me" ~ Scarlett
"I am making my sister look really good 'cause I like her" ~ Michael
Alex and Morgan bonding over the washing-up...
Jacob and Peter have prepared a big meal in their kitchen...
Tanishka helping out in the 'restaurant' and cleaning some dishes...
Yusra at the supermarket...
Scarlett and Georgia found a box...
they decided to make some wheels and lights for it and turn it into ...
a car!
Peter, Ollie, Faisal, Joshua B. and Mugundhan head off to space in their rocket...  
Luka and Nicholas sharing ideas and resources...
Luka makes a special telescopic gun out to take into space...
Nicholas makes an axe...
Cooper makes a moon telescope... 
"Who's in there?"

1 comment:

  1. What lucky kids you are, this looks like great fun with lots of challenges. Marianna (Luka's Mum)

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