I have just finished reading the latest publication from Reflections Nursery on their latest work on 3D materials. Their clear documentation really illustrates how children and staff developed as co-constructors of knowledge and understanding during their journey.The project valued time as a resource. Children were given time to explore and experiment, consolidating their understanding and educators used time to engage in reflective dialogue.
3D Work and Third Level Thinking is a fantastic resource for anyone inspired by the Reggio Approach to learning.
Wow, what can I say! I’ve just returned from presenting a workshop at Reflections Nursery,Worthing and am buzzing with excitement. It was inspirational to engage in professional dialogue with so many like minded people.Delegates came from Australia, Dubai and Iceland as well as all over the U.K.
The nursery looked stunning and really illustrated the relationship between children’s experiences,the environment and project based learning. The resources and project work displayed highlighted how all the spaces such as the forest school in the local woodland, the outdoor garden area and the inside space work together to create one learning environment. Martin Pace, the director was as inspirational as ever and the staff confident and articulate as they engaged with the visitors. The whole experience has given me so much to think about!
All photographs courtesy of Reflections Nursery, Worthing.
During the first few weeks of the Autumn term we spent time observing the children who were all new to this environment. We provided the time and space to develop a trusting relationship with them, as well as defining the boundaries and expectations of the room.
During our first planning meeting we discussed how the children had been interacting with their new environment and utilising materials. We noticed that children were naming shapes continually in their work but displayed limited imaginative language in their play, even their language during creative activities was limited to naming shapes as they stuck them on the paper. It was at this point we decided to introduce a provocation around art work by the artist Hundertwasser. His work uses lines and geometric shapes to create 2D images. Would this art work stimulate discussion and interpretation? What would they see in the pictures, shapes or a detailed image?
We looked at a range of images by Hundertwasser as a large group as well as on a one to one basis. Their interpretations included
Lollipops in the garden! and
It’s a racing car going in a tunnel!
Over the next few days children appeared fascinated by these images and began to make their own creations.
We placed a variety of circular patterns on the overhead projector along with circular coins, spiral shell, bottles to create concentric circles, slices of a tree trunk showing the circles, circular tubes and spiral mobiles hanging from the ceiling as enhancements to scaffold the children’s current line of interest.
Where will this go next? Watch the developments unfold.
Context: F.1 room with 36 3-4 year olds – part of a day nursery attached to a preparatory school. A completely new room with completely new staff.
Excited that I now have a blog page. Time for me to start sharing my research, ideas and findings with you all. Watch this space! Join me on my journey!