This term, we started on a new unit- How The World Works. We started by a pre-assessment through discussions and drawings to find out some of the things that children know about the world. The teacher held a round cushion globe/world map, and had a few prompts as shown below;
Teacher: “What is this in my hands?”
Kimora : “A planet.”
Talal, Karl, Maurinho, Mattisse : “It’s the planet earth.”
David: “It’s the earth.”
Yassir: “ I think it looks like a ball.”
Gregory: “It is the space where we are.”
Shael: “Where is the planet we are? I don’t know which country we are.” (She stood up and asked to be shown the exact location of Angola on the globe)
Deymian: “We are in Angola.”
Yassir: “If you go with a rocket ship you will see that the planet spins itself. “
Talal: “The rocket ship lands on the ground and you jump higher in the moon.”
Neema: “This country is called Angola. I know about the moon, sun and space”
What do you know about the world/ planet planet earth?
Shael: “There are animals on earth.”
Deymian: “There are people driving cars, there are seeds and trees.”
Oratile: “People say hello to each other, and when it is too sunny we play in the shade.
Talal: “Some people live in Sky Scrapers”
Maurinho: “In the world we can go from one place to another “
David: “I left Angola and I spinned around the world and the world spinned around too”
Farhan: “You can make buildings in the world and we see animals and people”
Karl; “The world only spins around and it doesn’t go anywhere.”
Farhan; “We can go everywhere with an aeroplane.”
Oratile: “We can use a ship.”
Shael: “We can also use helicopters in the world.”
Deymian: “We can use cars or boats.”
Mali: “We can also use a submarine.”
The teacher rolled out paper on the floor and asked children to draw anything they wanted about the world. Children drew pictures of plants, animals, buildings, cars aeroplanes, rocket ships, people and rainbows.
We are celebrating Earth Day on the 21st of April. Children are asked to wear something in celebration of earth day, for example natural dyed T-Shirts, activism T shirts, dress like an animal, dress like a plant, recycled clothing etc. Earth Day assembly is in the big gym on the 21st April, at 14:10. Parents are also invited.