Science, Technology and Engineering in Cycle 1 Friday Rotations Part 2
Friday afternoon in the Preschool and Reception classrooms is a time of much excitement as children from Kate, Rachel and Karen’s groups explore science, technology and engineering concepts together.
During rotations mixed groups of children work with each teacher for three weeks. In the first week, a stimulus is provided and children are encouraged to ask questions and design ways of investigating phenomena. During the second week, children test their solutions and continue to hypothesis and explore concepts. In the third week, children share and discuss their results.
This term, Kate is exploring an engineering challenge.
In the first week, the children were introduced to the problem: We are very lucky because we always have clean water to drink, but some children only have dirty water. How can we make dirty water clean enough to drink?
The children discussed, shared and recorded their ideas and planned the resources they will need to investigate the problem. In the second session children explored the use of colanders, sieves, sponges and different filters to try and clean the water.
Rachel is exploring the science of motion and the laws that cover different kinds of motion. In the second week children explored how the size and shape of balls affect how they move. They also investigated different surfaces and inclines.
Karen is exploring the science of weather. In the second and third week the children discussed different cloud types and went outside to observe and name the clouds they could see. They also experimented with making a cloud in a bottle.
Not only are the children working as scientists, technicians and engineers, but Friday rotations also allow our reception children to take on a leadership role, and our preschool children to become familiar with the reception teachers and classrooms.