This week, as I walked around the Early Years I observed classes following a mixture of the IEYC units of work and class chosen topics. In F3, the teachers followed the children’s interests and started a topic all about transport. In F2, teachers are in the second week of their new IEYC unit of work on dinosaurs. F1 built on their topic ‘All About Me’, which is a mixture of the IEYC units of work and more specific activities linked to the children’s personal needs and interests as they settle into their routines.
The F3 topic was particularly exciting, as it provided the children with lots of opportunities to explore transport in their local community. On Wednesday, the children had a bus ride around Royal City. First hand life experiences are what your children will remember. They learnt about the parts of the bus in both English and Vietnamese and got to look at a real bus. All the children loved to hear our bus driver hoot the horn. On Thursday, the children had a visit from a man who rides a cyclo. They got to have rides around the playground and looked at how they would operate and ride the bike if they had one of their own. We all learnt that it was very hard to balance, if you were the one pedaling the bike.
The cyclo visit brought up a discussion about the scooters and tricycles in our playground. Some of them are easier to ride because they have 3 wheels, whereas his bike had only two wheels. Some of our tricycles are also very large so we have to be aware of the space around us when we pedal so as not to bump in to the things and friends around us. Spatial awareness and being able to balance are both extremely important things to learn and it is something that F3 will be practicing in their P.E lessons with Mr Adam.
Next week, continuing the Transport theme, F3 can look forward to a train ride down in the Royal City shopping mall. If you are an F3 parent, please don’t forget to send back the slip or email your class teacher if you are able to come along and support us on our first trip of the year.