Latest from ELC 3 & ELC 4
The ELC3 children have enthusiastically commenced their PYP Unit of Inquiry: How we express ourselves, which explores the central idea: “We express our thoughts, feelings and beliefs in different ways.” They have begun to wonder about where their thoughts come from, drawing and sharing images of their brains and their ideas of how we think …
Isabelle: Thinking comes from a brain.
Ted: It’s my brain and the thinking moves around and it thinks.
Mabel: That’s the blood in your brain. It gets thoughts in your head because it goes around your head.
Harry: My brain. It thinks and it sleeps.
Evie: My brain, inside that’s my little word, my little voice.
We are excited to discover more about the children’s theories as they continue their inquiries throughout the term. Please ensure you regularly check Firefly for updates and details of your child’s learning journey.
Below is Tilly’s drawing: “This is my brain with all my ideas.” – Tilly
ELC 4 love stories! In their play, they have created role play stories with the friends; pieces of artwork to represent a story idea; created story books and they love to retell stories they know with puppets and models.
To support the children’s understanding of how to create a story, we are using the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. Talk for Writing is a tool to support and develop children’s literacy skills. It provides the children with an opportunity to build a bank of stories that they can then use as a model to create their own stories.
Recently, our keen investigators discovered a mystery note in the mud patch inside an enormous hole that had nibbled pieces of turnip. Following some research, we found the story of The Enormous Turnip.
The children have learnt to tell the story of The Enormous Turnip. They use signs and spoken language to tell the story and they have developed symbols to record and read the story. The children have been exploring the structure of the story, identifying the beginning, the problem, the resolution and the end of the story. Next, we will begin to adapt and change the story, using the ‘story blueprint’ as a guide to innovate our own class story.
Please ensure you regularly check Firefly for updates and details of your child’s learning journey.