Investigations with REQ and 6/7 RG

A few happy snaps from our investigative play utilizing the center space with REQ. We were also fortune to have 6/7 RG join us for play! See the Billabong Blog for more photos 🙂

Let’s Dance

Provocations at Grevillia Reserve- nature play, sustainability, hands on, children leading their learning.

When children engage hands on with nature, then a love of nature will grow

Today students ventured out to Grevillia and discovered a shopping trolley. This was a provocation in itself as it students pondered… what is it doing here? “this isn’t the shops!” Meklet shared. Ayden said “Maybe we can go shopping!”. “Let’s push it!” Vanessa exclaimed.  Students explored this re-invented trolley. The trolley also acted as a ‘monster’ as students also poked it with sticks and ran from it.

We also had sticks which lead the boys to measuring, comparing lengths and tapping on them to make a rhythm and beat!!!

Mia Walters made a home under the trees and in log park for pretend play. Mia said “It was me, Claire and Arabella and we played schools too.”  

Raf also used the sticks to make a clock! The long stick represented the big hand and a twig represented the small hand.

Tane and Leighton begun their own provocation collecting snails which then saw many students join them on their search. This provocation saw the snails then enter the gates of Holy Family Catholic School and we now have some new classroom friends.

Grevillia Reserve provides so many learning opportunities for the children. It enables them to become socially responsible and show respect for the environment. It also offers a lesson about sustainability!!

Decision making, problem solving and creativity contributes to the children’s learning and development outcomes in relation to their identity, connection with community, well-being, confidence as learners and effectiveness as communicators.

Literacy Investigations

We begun our morning with a fun game of bingo! We then entered literacy investigations where students were able to recall events from various texts. Students were also able to retell the story and create their favourite characters, invent new characters and develop alternate plots. The students did all this by accessing their 100 languages! we had students construct with boxes, blocks and lego to create the houses from the story, The Three Little Pigs. We had students decide to manipulate the play dough to make characters from Little Red Riding Hood. Have a look 🙂

What colour hair is more common among the students in R/1 AM and R/1MS?

This morning during investigations, the girls in the home corner were discussing their experiences at the hairdressers. This conversation then saw the girls discussing different hair colours and styles. This idea was revisited after lunch as we saw this as an opportunity for the students to participate in a data collection activity.  The provocation question was posed, what colour hair is more common among the students in R/1 AM and R/1MS?

It  was a child lead learning opportunity that saw students interacting, engaged, sharing  and representing their findings while contributing to their sense of belonging and identity. The students had a lot of fun during this time!

Sphero fun!

A highlight during investigations today was the sphero! Here is how the children described what the sphero is:

“It’s a little circle that you control on the Ipad”– Darcy

“It’s like a ozobot” – Nicole

“It moves” – Zarii

“A robot that rolls around with an ipad. it changes colour” – Carter

Its a sphero and it rolls and changes colours and fast and slow” – Krtistian

We had so much fun exploring, coding, collaborating and sharing!!!

Grevillia Reserve

We beat the heat this morning and headed out to Grevillia Reserve for nature play. The children enjoy their time engaging in nature climbing trees, tea parties under the branches, cloud spotting, running and chasing each other and jumping for leaves. Nature play is a great time for the students to take risks 🙂

Miss McCarthy’s Speck of Gold

It was great to see all the children engaged this morning! A particular highlight that stood out among all the learning was the collaboration and curiosity that stemmed from Darcy’s idea to make a ‘small’ car track. Soon, Darcy was joined with input and ideas from his peers to make it bigger!

What is bigger?? Jason responded “I know, as long as we can with ALL the blocks”. Raf declared  “bigger then it needs a bridge”. Through collaboration, creativity, teamwork and curiosity, the boys expanded their car track using all the materials and loose parts they could find. They have opened the track for the rest of the class to play with.