Skills& processes

Children building “cubby houses” using sticks and branches.

Forces related to which branches were strong enough to hold others

Investigate materials, design, construct and evaluate cubby (fit for purpose, aesthetics)

Measuring the branches and sticks to fit the space available. Choosing the best size.

Problem-solving (analysing & creative thinking), estimation and approximation

Weather watch

Observing clouds, their shapes. Discussion on what causes rain & rainbows

Children creating clouds, rainbows and rain as a room exhibit.

Measuring rainfall

Observation (of clouds), measurement, recognising scales―difference in size, shape

Doctor & medicine (whole centre themed)

Bone collections, skeletons, human body model,

Adapting a wooden stick as a tool to lever sap out of a tree.

Measuring bones and aligning them to a template. Measuring body parts.

Establishing and justifying sorting criteria of a set of bones

Balancing on a log―children placed items on a log, counting how many and how long they stayed on the log before falling off.

Adaptation of a pair of wooden sticks to form pick-up tongs

Children using beads to create a pattern

Creativity, recognising patterns

Learning about animals

Finding small animals and their “homes”

Constructing an environment to house them―small container adapted to the purpose

Measuring the sizes of the container to fit the small animal

Animal enclosure―Fit-for-purpose (normative knowledge).

Describing key attributes of small animals.