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Leonardo Da Vinc-ME

27 October 2017

Curiosity got the better of Year 1 this week as they experienced the Da Vinci Centre for the first time this term. The challenge was clear; create a timeline of photographs to show how you’ve grown. 

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To really harness their design thinking the children had to create ways to frame their photographs too!

For those that have had the pleasure of visiting the centre already, then you will be aware of the treasure trove of resources and space that this area brings. And as a result of this the ideas and ingenious designs were in full flow.

As you will see from the photographs below there were a manner of static frames produced from a selection of differing construction materials. Some children managed to explore ways to allow their frames to be held up. One particularly great design allowed their photograph to be hung, “from a door or a shelf”. Through careful questioning another young designer was able to transform their idea of a bicycle in to a bicycle photo frame!

One of the most positive areas of learning that the teachers of Year 1 observed, and one that came as a surprise, was the quality of interaction between the children. The development of teamwork skills and ability to share and support each other was a joy to behold. Over the course of the week the children will be bringing home their creations to share. But don’t let the creativity and curiosity stop there! Perhaps there are resources at home that your child could use to create a frame for home, or even Mum or Dad’s office desk? Set the challenge and see what these wonderful minds can conjure up.

Adam Webb, Year 1 leader