Dear Prep 4.3 parents
Last week I wanted to have reported on Mr. Francois visit but due to report writing, which demands for a lot time, I had to defer the blog post about the experience for this week.
I’m sure almost all of you have heard from your child about Mr. Fancois, and the fantastic work he does here in Luanda to support the local and wider environment through collection of glass bottles and rubbish on beaches, to the creation of newly recycled glass bottles.
Prior to Mr. Francois visit the students had engaged in meaningful discussions about How our World Works. These interactions revealed students notions and the strong perspectives they held in relation to this transdisciplinary theme. There was certainly a lot of questions that emerged as we experimented, tried, tested and investigated myriads of learning invitations, while trying to unravel the role of living things, and comprehend the detrimental implications certain actions or events can have on our planet.
Below you can read a transcript of students responses to the question of: What have we learned so far?
- I’ve learned that trees give us air – Rebecca
- We’ve talked about living things and they breathe – Rehan
- People have each other and our planet earth – Delaney
- The sun gives us light – Aliya
- Recycling is important but my family doesn’t recycle at all – Hudson
- The sun gives us energy – Andersen
- When trash goes on the floor our planet gets sad – Enrique
- That people kill animals and they dye too. Some animals needs a home and need to eat plants. Eliora
When students were asked about the direction our learning should take, there was an unanimous call to further our inquiries into recycling; hence Mr. Francois visit seemed like the perfect opportunity to help consolidate all the learning that had been accomplished thus far.
The learning encounter was a success and the students were able to learn first-hand about the glass recycling process that takes place here in Luanda. Nevertheless, Mr. Francois also brought to our attention new understandings such as the meaning of the recycling logo, but best of all, the clarification of some of the assertive claims and pertaining questions students had before his visit.
- Where does trash goes?
- In Angola people throw rubbish on the floor and don’t recycle
- Why does rubbish gets separated?
- Where does the trash from the water goes to?
- Where does landfill garbage goes?
Following Mr. Francois influential visit we reflected on what we knew before and what we came to know after; students explanations demonstrate the remarkable assimilation of learning bestowed upon by this event.
- Landfill are places where trash goes to
- People don’t recycle in Angola they put trash everywhere
- Some things have a recycling sign
- Landfills are waste of trash drilled in the earth
- Landfills mean we don’t recycle
- We recycle glass in Angola
- There recycling logo tells you the recycling way of starting and going around
This documentation of learning gives a true account of how children can learn through play; how their interests and curiosities motivates them and leads to authentic, meaningful learning. Consequently, shifting the focus from teaching to learning, and from the final outcome to the process of something that is relevant to them!
Wishing you a playful weekend!