PreK1 classes has been using tech to facilitate our learners’ curiosity, thinking skills and research skills. This article is an exemplar of how one class does it. Classes may do it differently, but the inquiry and learning goals are the same.
First, language of thinking have been explicitly modelled with visual prompts, like “I wonder…,” “I Inferred…” and “I observed.” Open-ended questions are asked, as well.
We have then showed the children remnants of past technology, like an analog land line phone and and an old cinema reel projector, asking questions to unlock and connect poor knowledge.
An RC car and an emergency light was shown next, asking students what they think those are. Some pointed to the installed emergency lights in the classroom. A screw driver was presented next, as we have discussed first safety assessment in handling tools.
The children then, with supervision, explored what is inside the RC car and the emergency lights, asking questions and verbalising their wonderings as they explored.
The school environment needs to have a range of clearly defined areas to encourage inquiry, investigation, exploration and play, both indoors and outdoors. These may include spaces for reading, writing, art, construction, imaginative play and science, with a wide variety of appropriate resources in each.
Particularly for young students, interactions in and with these spaces stimulate them to become active learners. They need extended periods of time and as much space as possible to explore, investigate and play with a variety of materials in order to learn about themselves, other people and the world around them.
The learning environment provides opportunities for children to make choices and decisions, use materials in imaginative ways, ask questions, work collaboratively with others, develop understanding and sustain their interest.
Water Play Shared Space to splash shades of creativity in the Jing Shan Campus
To extend thinking skills and research skills, the SIS Jingshan Campus has started to have a shared space for water play and loose parts/creative play.
This is located behind building 3 pod (first floor, behind Room 3-103).
The company MG Space provided us with creative play materials such as a water play table with pumps, a water wall, big blocks and other materials.
This is an open area and Early Primary classes are welcome to explore and play.
To promote safety and prepare the children for any potential eventualities, the Early Primary conducted an evacuation drill last Thursday, August 29 at 2:00pm.
It was a cloudy day, so when the Evacuation drill happened, children walked with their teachers in the Jing Shan Big Playground quitely. They calmly lined up, led by their classroom teachers and gathered in the said location (Big Playground)
Children were prapared before hand, so they knew what to expect, what is expected of them and what to do when the evacuation drill came.
The drill was done fast and efficiently. The children experienced their first announced school drill.