At Rachel Keeling we pride ourselves on really listening to children and enabling them to lead their own learning. Staff are co-collaborators in the learning journeys of our children.
Recently some of the children have been interested in volcanoes and used books and iPads to research, sharing what they knew and questions they had. Together, they were supported to create a volcano (which led to two or three further volcanoes!) and along the way problem solved, made mistakes and discussed their ideas, developing their language for thinking. This journey took place over nearly two weeks and is continuing still.
Once constructed, the children decided it needed to erupt (one of our new pieces of vocabulary) and went to the shops to buy the ingredients (bicarbonate of soda and vinegar). Emilio used his knowledge of letters and sounds to write a sign saying "Come to see a volcano erupt after lunch."
On the hottest day of the year, the children gathered with cooling ice poles in the garden and with Urzsula's help, Mount Bethnal Green erupted! One of our teachers, Linda, announced that she used to live on a volcano in St Helena.
Children are still creating volcanoes and their understanding and knowledge of volcanoes is being developed. Please watch out for the children's volcano film coming soon.