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Sensational Senses!

25 September 2015

It’s all gone senses mad in the year one corridor this week! We have been exploring how we use our different senses and which parts of our body helps us with each one.

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It all started with our eyes and paint mixing. Our hands got a bit messy as we made our own colour mixing calculations involving handprints. Each hand was painted in a different colour and finally mixed together to see a new colour appear before our eyes. We also experienced what happens when adding a range of liquids to water. The children were amazed at how the liquid or the water changed and what happened to white paper when we laid it on top of the water. To top it off we explored what it would be like to have no sight! Our friends navigated us around a small obstacle course while we were wearing blind folds.
After so many exciting activities for sight there was still 4 other senses to discover. The children cheered when they found out they were going to bake not one but 4 different types of cookies, the salty ones were the red herring. We demonstrated being excellent chefs by washing our hands and following the recipe carefully to create the cookie dough. We felt the heat coming from the oven even standing a meter away and the sweet smell brought a smile to everyone’s faces. The reviews were mixed and some children even liked the salty cookies, not the outcome we were imagining but as we taught the children everyone likes different tastes. To continue our schools healthy eating theme we also tried lots of different fruits. The reaction to the sour lemon was my favourite with some smiles and other disgusted looks.
Corn flour, jelly and porridge are just some of the ingredients that we used to explore our sense of touch. We dug for dinosaurs, used adjectives to describe the feel and tried to guess what objects we could feel in the box. The children radiated confidence as they went straight in with no hesitation.
The smell of garlic was ripe through the year one corridor this week as we created pictures using scented paints. Perfume, lime and parsley sent our sense of smell into over drive. As we sat down to these smelly paints an array of music was played for the children to listen to. It was amazing to see how the music influenced their pictures. We also had the chance to guess the smell in the pots. What can I say we definitely have some children with a fantastic sense of smell.
An exhausting but thrilling week, which I hope the children will be talking about for weeks to come.
Roxanne Wood
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Chaoyang District

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