On January 22, 2021, Wesley School Binjiang Campus’s Learning Journey was successfully held remotely. Due to the epidemic, parents were unable to attend the activities in person, but children of all ages sent the learning process of the second inquiry unit to their parents through different forms such as video shooting, work displays and performances.
Growing up is a long process, but sometimes it seems to be in a moment, what we need to do is to explore, go on an adventure, experience, record the good things with our children, and become better versions of themselves together!
Who we are
In the “Who are we” transdisciplinary exploration theme learning experience exhibition, although parents did not participate in the activity because of the epidemic, the children shared their understanding of the unit and the knowledge they learned with their families through videos.
Why do you think family and friends are important to us?
The children sang their favourite unit songs to their families.
The children not only performed their songs, and showed the English they learned in the unit to their families through games.
The children made gifts for their families.
How we express ourselves
Activity 1: Children show the steps of inquiry cycle through their own way, they can confidently and generously show their learning process in this .
Activity 2: Through inquiry learning, children understand different ways of communication and know that deaf and dumb people can use sign language to express themselves. We have learned sign language “heart of gratitude”.
How do animals communicate?Can the little animals talk? How do they communicate? Let the kids from K1B talk about it. The little animals also have their own unique ways of communication. Learn how little ants touch antenna, bees dance in a circle and bats use echolocation to exchange information with their companions.
My map :Through observation and sharing, children find that there are various signs around them, so they quickly use these signs to design their own map. How do I get to the hospital? Where is the pizzeria? Come look with us.
Psychologist activity：Everyone has a variety of emotions.Knowing,understanding and handling emotions correctly has become a topic for children. Now ask the children to be a “psychologist” to help you deal with emotional problems!
The mood wheel :It’s time for some English! Do you recognise the emotions? Can you spin the wheel and tell us their names?
Little designer :After getting acquainted with various signs, the children found that there are still some signs missing in the library. For example, it is dangerous for children to jump around on the sofa. At this time, you need to design a sign to remind the other children. The kids have designed a variety of signs based on their own experience. Look how good they are.
Activity 1: Our kids had to act a play according prepositions. Find out where the stuff is?
Look! We are acting out a sitcom. “Where’s my bag?” “Your bag is under the table!”
In this activity, the children fully showed the position of objects, and their language was fluent and clear. The expression ability of the children was also greatly improved in this activity.
活动二：情景音乐剧《Are you hungry》
Activity 2: Scene Musical “Are You Hungry”.In this beautiful song, the children knows a lot of fruit, but also learned how to ask “are you hungry? Language expression can have a great improvement, showing how we can express ourselves.
Activity 3: The logo I designed
In the third theme unit, the children also learned a lot of symbols, the meaning of each symbol . Kids design a logo for an empty map, and then explain the meaning and purpose of the logo.
Activity 4: Our summary
The kids introduced each step of the whole exploration topic. The children were bold and confident, and introduced them in clear and organized language.
Activity 1: Walk the maze blindfolded. The children are curious about how blind people communicate with us. How can they walk if they can’t see? A maze was created out of chairs and sports equipment, and one child led another child through the maze with blindfolds on. The kids can’t see that they’re scared, so we warm up with emotional games. Professional children have no fear. The children learned the importance of our eyes from the blindfold play. Some children don’t want to be blindfolded because they don’t trust their leaders. The teacher should emphasize that the children should trust us to lead the way and come up with a good way to use music to guide the children around the maze.
Activity 2: Make a logo. Identify the flags of some countries and create their personal flags.（Show examples of flags, designs and colors.） Stencils help prevent children from scribbling. Guide the children to use different materials and colors, and explain why they put the symbols there and what they mean. After the children’s careful creation, their own flag is finished. We also put all the K1D children’s small flags together, formed the K1D class flag. Look, is the flag of our K1D class beautiful?
On our K1E learning journey we did videos backed with the theme, “How to express ourselves”. We showed videos of students taking action in relation to the theme. Students together with their teachers planted some safety signs on the sand slide. On the other Unit of Inquiry part, students showed the signs they had made by themselves ready to take action by planting them on the sand slide and they mentioned the roles of the signs in English. Students also did the little doctor and this part was in Chinese. One student was in a position of a doctor while the other was answering the doctor’s questions and after that the doctor could give a prescription – this was a way of learning how to express oneself. Students also described all the Unit of Inquiry phases of the Unit in English. Students also sang a Chinese song. On our circle time, students were playing a game about the weather and while playing the game they were identifying the weather vocabulary. Then finally we had a short video to showcase kids’ works.
Where we are in place and time
While the current epidemic situation did not allow for us to bring you to Wesley for K2’s Learning Journey, K2 students and teachers worked hard to ensure that the Learning Journey was brought straight to your homes and to your screens! Several weeks of preparation and filming resulted in four unique videos displaying student-led introductions of the learning and the projects created during the last Unit of Inquiry: ‘Where we are in place and time’ (Houses).
This unit, students immersed themselves into the world of housing, and made important discoveries about the nature of human residences, including its evolution from prehistory to the present; its structures and composition; different construction materials and their properties; and the relationship between a given environment and its housing. Students showcased their knowledge in a variety of ways, using the art-work made throughout the semester as the foundation for their presentations. Thus, students provided insightsj’jia into their understanding of our three lines of inquiry.
The composition and structure of houses
What are the different parts of a house? What are its founding elements? Can you name the different rooms inside? What is the function of each room? These are some of the questions students addressed when researching this line of inquiry, as well as the guiding element for them to refer to when designing and planning the houses which they built and then presented during our Learning Journey. Students demonstrated to be thinkers capable of applying the knowledge acquired into class to creatively building their own houses. Very impressive!
Mongolian yurts, Indian teepees, Eskimo igloos, wooden cabins… Students made interesting discoveries regarding houses in different regions of China and the world. Why are houses in the desert different from houses in the forest? Why are igloos made of ice but tree houses not? Why are buildings in the city tall but not in the countryside? Our students proved to be inquirers during our Tuning in phase, asking questions regarding the underlying the relationship between houses and their environments; findings which were narrated to the camera accompanied by outstanding replicas of world houses and ecosystems.
Once the understanding of the previous lines of inquiry was consolidated, our knowledgeable students were able to dive into the last line of inquiry: the evolution of houses over time. By analising the structure, materials and changing environments of ancient and modern housing, students accompanied spectators on a time-travel journey across the evolution of human residence, from caves, to mammoth huts, to high rise buildings. Needless to say they exhibited their potential as communicators by presenting these changes with utmost eloquence!
While students acquired a wide array of vocabulary and structures immersively through the unit of inquiry, and demonstrated their increased fluency during their Learning Journey presentation; K2 children also incorporated a separate section for English learning in their videos. Each class presented three out of four of the Read Aloud storybooks covered during this unit, providing thus a platform for students to showcase their ability in the language. ‘My Tree House’, ‘My Neighborhood’, ‘A Place Called Home’ and ‘Polly Gets Out’ were the titles students narrated in the videos. Another recurrent story for this unit was ‘The Three Little Pigs’, which provided students with some valuable facts about different houses and their building materials.
How the world works
丰富的游戏 Rich and Interesting Game
The teacher has prepared a rich material package for the children, including math games, memory games, experimental games and sports games. Children who finish six games or more at home will get the astronaut certification issued by the Wesley Kindergarten. Let’s take a look at what games the children have played.
耐力游戏 Stamina Game
If you want to be a qualified astronaut, you need to have good physical fitness, so how many skipping ropes can you jump in a minute?
To be an astronaut, you also need to have a good memory. So children need to see how many correct picture matching questions they can complete in one minute!
What will you do when you go into space and suddenly find that there is something wrong with the capsule? Don’t worry, let the children teach you!
How to bring the food into the space？Astronauts need to live in the spaceship for a long time, so how to store the food? Oh! It turns out that food in a complete vacuum can be brought into space, so that astronauts can replenish energy in outer space!
Through the capacity game, children can more intuitively feel the concept of more and less, big and small, and can more profoundly form in their minds that the earth can hold four moons, while the sun can hold more than a million Earths!
Children can learn more about the order of the eight planets in the solar system through hands-on operation. The order from the sun is Mercury-Venus-Earth-Mars-Jupiter-Saturn-Uranus-Neptune.
Do you know the distance between the sun and us? Let’s see how the children measure it.Although the children can not measure directly, the teacher has prepared measuring tools for the children, so that the children can not only operate it, but also estimate the distance between us and the sun.
There are a lot of fun games, children at home are very active, many children have recorded their game process by video or picture, and everyone has been certified as an astronaut!