Animals in the Wild
This week’s lessons were an extension from last week’s classes on farm animals. This week, we delved into the world of wild animals! We covered a whole range of content, including different kinds of wild animals and the different habitats they live in.
Let’s check out what happened in our various classes, shall we?
One of the habitats children learnt about was the grasslands, which are inhabited by wild animals such as lions and giraffes. Children’s project work involved and understanding of both the wild animal and the habitat they live in. They were encouraged to think about the characteristics of the environment that make it compatible to the animal.
Children also learnt about the arctic and the animals that live there. They discussed about the characteristics of the animals that make them able to survive such extreme climates, such as having thick fur or a thick layer of blubber to protect themselves.
Children also learnt that some wild animals do not live in the wild. There are some of them who live in our zoos. Zoos allow us to see and learn about these animals safely. However, these animals might be deprived of the freedom they get when they live in the wild.
We should be thankful for having such an amazing zoo in Singapore, where are able to see for ourselves the different animals in their habitats.
Our younger ones learnt about the different ways these wild animals moved. In this innovative game created by our teachers, children would roll the dice and then imitate the animal and the movement reflected on the top side. Children really enjoyed this game and were very immersed in their characters they played 😁
In order to make learning about the elephant’s skin much more interactive and fun for children, our amazing teachers provided children with different materials that resembled the texture of different parts of the majestic animal’s skin.
To further enhance this experience, children in this class wore blindfolds so that they can focus on their sense of touch. They also got a chance to experience and empathise with how blind people feel.
Our teachers also came up with a really creative way to incorporate the topic of wild animals into a game. Children were to create and design their very own giant snakes and ladders game! They learnt about the movement of the snake and how you would have to “slither down” the board whenever you land on the snake’s head.
Children had a really enriching time in school this week. We are intentional in coming up with curriculum that allows for adaptation to different levels of competency among children. When we find that our children are already proficient in certain content, we are trained to keep lessons intriguing for them by expanding their knowledge in a meaningful way. However, we do this without neglecting the competency levels of the other children. This “low floor, high ceiling” method of teaching is a proven pedagogy that we stand by. 😁