In Pre-K we are about to embark on our final discoveries unit of the year; “You, Me and Teddy Bear”!
In this unit we will be discovering where we come from, we will look at all the ways that we are the same, and the many ways that we are uniquely different. We are going to learn about where we come from and share more about ourselves with our Pre-K friends.
To start this project off, we will be sending home posters with a blank Teddy Bear on it. We ask that you add a few things to your bear; a flag of your home country, pictures of typical food, sports, games or music, dress the bear in national dress and any other ideas that your child has about their home identity. It’s a great opportunity for the children to learn more about where they come from, and if they have more than one home country, feel free to add from everywhere. We hope that you and your child enjoy this creative homework! The teachers will be sharing their Teddy Bears too, so that you and your children can get an idea of where to start.
In the coming weeks all of Pre-K will be sharing the Teddy Bear poster that they have made to show their peers where they come from, to share traditions and ideas from their home countries and tell us all some exciting facts about their place on the map.
We celebrate our diversity in many ways, every day and this is a great way to continue this celebration and build confidence in sharing ideas with a group. As the International Food Fair falls in the middle of this topic, it helps conversation about how different everyone can be and gives the children a chance to sample the flavours of the world!
In Pre-K we have come to the end of our exploration of buildings and construction, we have hunted for shapes and seen the way they are used in buildings. We investigated what materials we can use to build and we tested our practical skills in our amazing construction areas in dramatic play. We have built bridges, spacecraft and all sorts of weird and wacky things with recyclable goods, we tried out different cutting skills and sticking skills to bring our designs to life.
Pre-K practiced drawing maps of the world around them and created maps of their own houses and worked in teams to make huge maps of their school environments. We learnt that there can be many different uses for buildings, and that people can be thinking of different things as they design them. We identified buildings that are important to us, and looked at some of the fabulous buildings we have in our home city.
As we used the topic of buildings to help us investigate shapes, we went on shape hunts and used learnt and practiced lots of language to do with spatial awareness, such as behind, near, far and next to. The children also made and played an amazing shape game that they created themselves!
Our celebration to conclude the topic was our excursion to Catalunya en Miniatura, where we got to explore the incredible replicas of Catalunya’s greatest architecture. It was amazing seeing the buildings up close and in our size!
We also got to adventure a little and went climbing on a challenging ropes course. The children did a great job in persevering when it got tricky, and cheering their friends on. We all had a really great time, and were worn out by the end of it!
Our last adventure of the day was a train ride around Catalunya to see all of the buildings again. The train ride was a lot of fun and a great way to end our trip.
In Pre-K we are about to embark on a new unit in our discoveries sessions. We will be learning all about buildings!
This unit is a lot of fun as we get to explore many things, and we begin to construct our own buildings in the classroom. We will be asking “why do humans create buildings?” and “how can humans use buildings?”, and over the course of this topic we will be investigating the many answers that the children give. We will learn that buildings have a purpose, and find out what different purposes they may have, and how this is important in our daily lives. We will be making lots of connections to the buildings we know, drawing maps and designs for our homes and school. We will also be using this unit as a way of exploring the math concepts of shape, size and measurement. We will compare buildings and look for shapes in them, and we will order or group things by size.
It’s wonderful that we have our very own building site right in the school grounds as this will help us to see how buildings can be made, and as we think about what materials can be used, we will see them in action! We also have many great buildings around us in Barcelona, maybe you can spot some with your children!
If you have any more recycled items at home we can build with in school, that would be great! We are looking for lots more bottles, boxes, cardboard tubes, egg boxes… And anything else you can think of!
In Pre-K we have revisited one of our favorite stories in order to extend our learning and story telling skills. When we repeat a book or a story, it gives the children a chance to deepen their understanding of what is happening, and ask new and different questions which reflects the learning that they have done.
In our revisit of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, we took a mathematician’s approach. The children have been learning how to arrange objects in order to count them more easily using a ten frame. When we use ten frames children can see quantities quickly and can use what they see to practice counting on from five; they know that the top row holds five objects and so can therefore count on up to ten. As we retold the story the children counted the fruits that the caterpillar ate onto their ten frames, and once we had worked out how much the caterpillar had eaten, it was our turn to eat!
We also created the story in our centre time; making the fruits with papier maché and paint, collaging the leaves, sun and moon, and painting the other foods. We made a lot of mess along the way, but experimented with colour mixing and different textures to create our three dimensional story that you can see in the stairway of Early Childhood.
The children have loved making the story, and they have become proficient story tellers, showing us the different parts of the story, re-telling and sequencing as we walk up the stairs.