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Reception Class Take on the Role of a Disaster Rescue Team

15th Feb 2013

This term, our inquiry based learning project has seen our Reception class take on the role of a Disaster Rescue Team who have been asked to help the Ecuadorian people affected by a recent volcanic eruption. Through a cross curricular approach, Miss Bridget and our Spanish speaking doll, Christina, have made the children aware of a volcanic eruption in Ecuador which has devastated part of a town leaving many people homeless. A letter of appeal arrived from Ecuador, followed by video footage and an email requesting urgent help from the children. The children have been preparing flash cards with key words and phrases in Spanish in order to help them communicate with the people in Ecuador. This theme was continued in this week’s Philosophy for Children (P4C) lesson as children were given the task of working collaboratively on a leadership survival task to discuss, debate and prioritise a list of survival items as well as to think creatively about the potential uses of these items may be. Sophie commented that she would choose to bring the rubber boots. “I wouldn’t want to wear them because they could melt. I think they would be good to catch rainwater which I would then use to help put out fires.” Another popular choice was the use of an ipad. Leo commented “It would be good to help me find out where I was going if I was lost and take pictures of what was happening.” See the children learning about volcanic eruptions with Ecuador, with Miss Bridget and her Spanish-speaking doll, Christina:

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