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Last week K1 visited the Adventure Playground at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Since then we have been reflecting on how we moved at the park by representing our movement in different ways. First we worked as a class to map our movement around the whole park:
As a whole class we also spent some time constructing what we remembered about the Adventure Playground using different building blocks and materials:
After completing some drawing and writing in our journals about the Adventure Playground, the children had an opportunity to select a material or 'language' that they felt would best express their movement experience at the playground. Some children chose to work with paint, some chose playdough, and some chose clay and popsicle sticks. Their children were able to describe their pieces of work in detail to peers and teachers, matching them to photographs from our field trip and explaining their movements.
We also had some fun re-enacting our movements at the Adventure Playground using the iPad app (????). This gave us an opportunity to practice some of the direction and positional words we have been practicing as part of our Maths curriculum, including:
Though they weren't able to join us on the Adventure Playground field trip, Jumi and Eddie also participated in these movement representation activities. Eddie imagined his movements at the Adventure Playground and Jumi showed what hers look like on the school playground.
Last week, our class started talking about patterns. Some of us had heard this word before and had initial ideas about what it meant. We worked together to document our prior knowledge as a group - drawing our ideas and voicing them for Ms. Alison to scribe.
We then went on a pattern hunt around the school, using the Explain Everything iPad app to photograph, annotate and audio record what we observed and knew.
Later in the week we participated in a patterning workshop. We used a variety of loose parts and stamping and writing materials to create and extend our own patterns. The children took turns being the 'student photographer'.
When we reviewed all of the 'student photographer' pattern photographs, we realized that not everything we made was a pattern. Next week we will sort these photos into two groups - patterns and non-patterns - to consolidate our theories and knowledge about exactly what a pattern is.
This week we demonstrated our ability to be risk-takers and challenged our bodies and movement skills at the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Adventure Playground. We had so much fun moving in many different ways - like running, jumping, sliding, crawling, swinging, pulling, and more! This park has such incredible structures which definitely inspired us to stretch beyond our movement comfort zones and extend our coordination and skills.
On the playground, it was amazing to see how the children used their thinking skills to analyze and evaluate. These are two of the PYP Approaches to Learning that we are focusing on during this Unit of Inquiry. The children carefully analyzed and evaluated how best to move their bodies and how to navigate the challenging structures. They observed their peers carefully to support their thinking.
Photos and videos were taken to document the experience by teachers and also by students. Check out the first video to see a students-eye view of the Adventure Playground, shot using a GoPro camera.
As our movement inquiry continues, we will be reflecting on our Adventure Playground experience by reviewing the photographs and videos and discussing our memories. We will be representing our movement through different language including visual art and writing.
This week we spent some time down at the big field as a way to explore the different ways we move our bodies in big open areas.
Our new unit of inquiry is part of the PYP transdisciplinary theme 'How We Organize Ourselves'. We will be exploring movement through the central idea: 'We move in different ways and for different purposes'. We started inquiring into this idea yesterday with an invitation in our Multipurpose Room. We had so much fun responding to the different equipment and exploring the different ways we can move our bodies.
After our time in the MPR, we spent time reviewing the documentation (photos, videos and teacher notes). We created drawings and wrote words in our journals to represent the favourite way we moved.
We showed our work to our classmates and discussed as a group all the different ways we moved. We have started recording our ideas about movement on a Golden Circle chart. Here are some of the movement words we used and discussed:
We are beginning to work with a range of different materials to represent movement. Today we used clay and wire to show some of the different ways we move: