Saturday, October 4, 2014

Starting with Learning Centres

So having no idea about what to expect from the students that I was to start with in the first term, I felt that setting up Create and Explore stations for the first 2 cycles would be a great way to meet each other and for the students (and me) to explore the best routines and expectations for this new specialist subject.

I scoured the net for ideas and compiled a set of provocation activities that students rotated through.

Term 1 was for Y1 and Y3 students (ages 4/5 and 6/7). Enjoy these images of their explorations.
Play-dough modeling

Pipe-cleaner sculptures

Stencil creations

Needless to say, they LOVED these stations and were so focused through their double periods. The students got to spend 15 min at each activity with a 5 min tidy before moving on to the next station. I will explain more about these stations in a future post soon, but I can say that they learnt very quickly about tidying up and looking after resources, taking turns and sharing, making temporary artwork as well as permanent :) 



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