Today at Rachel Keeling we were joined by Cathy Gunning, Pedagogic Lead at Early Education. Cathy enjoyed touring the nursery, meeting children and staff and seeing the wonderful range of learning that has been going on over the past few weeks. We were struck by the sustained learning: whether mastering two wheeler bicycles, making circuits, creating books, cooking with independence or creating woodwork models. Cathy was lucky enough to be with us on the day when a group of children put their finishing touches to a collaborative sculpture they have been supported in creating. The journey began three weeks ago with children exploring clay, pinching, twisting, rolling and hammering. Children were then supported in looking at images as stimulus and created their own sculptures which they talked about, creating stories and illustrations. Finally this week a group have collaboratively worked, talking, listening, problem solving, reflecting on and embellishing a large piece of art. They created a thing of beauty and returned to paint it once the clay was dry. We are waiting to name it and children thought it should cost from £4 to £24 to £60 to £100 to buy. We feel it is priceless!
Cathy will be blogging about what she saw today at Rachel Keeling at www.early-education.org.uk