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Reception Children Investigate Change in Shanghai

30 April 2014

Each week the children in Reception look at a different ‘big question’ and last week’s big question was: “Will Shanghai change?”

  • BISS Puxi Reception boat trip 2014
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Throughout the week they looked at how Shanghai has changed, particularly around The Huangpu River, and used this theme in their learning, leading up to their boat trip along the river on Friday.

They compared old and new photographs of Shanghai and spotted the differences. They thought about why new buildings are made and who builds them. The children have been interested in vehicles so they investigated different construction vehicles to see how they work and then used their imaginations to think about new buildings that might be built in Shanghai. All this linked well to International Week in March when they looked at buildings from around the world. The children were architects and imagined other buildings that might be even bigger and better than the ones on Pudong!

When talking and thinking about all of this, the children focused on using the future tense: What will you build? What will it look like? What materials will you use? Who will work in the building? They also used this theme in numeracy, revisiting 3D shapes and looking out for these in the environment, for example the Pearl tower has spheres and cylinders.

The grand finale of the week was a boat trip down the Huangpu River to see Shanghai’s skyline first hand. It was a glorious day in so many ways; the rain held off and the children were able to go up on deck and spot and name the different buildings. They shared with their friends which was their favourite building and where they would put their new building.

Along the way the children drew pictures and took photographs to capture their day’s adventure. After a lovely trip down the river the children, parents and teachers enjoyed a picnic in one of the local parks and talked about their favourite part of the journey. The boat trip brought all their week’s exploration to a wonderful conclusion as they attempted to answer the ‘big question’. A fantastic day was had by all, truly a day to remember!

- Ruth Hanson, Head of Early Years Cubs