When I visited Fulbridge to plan for the next session some of the children were keen to show me how they had continued to experiment with using collage to explore ‘looking through things’….as it was a lovely bright sunny day we were able to play with layering and mixing colour outside with sunlight instead of torches!
Some of the children in Rosen Class had been talking about a new game they had devised which had fired their imaginations….’treasure hunt the king!’, which involved pirates on an island, digging for treasure, a volcano, bigfoots and giant eating plants! I thought this might be an interesting startpoint to some active learning activities and give more interesting opportunities to explore materials and story.
Taking the theme of treasure islands and maps I wondered if it might good to link this to the children’s previous explorations with collage and surface in 2D and 3D, and thinking about different spaces and places and how we might recreate these.
The children had really been inspired by themed images I had shown them and this had stimulated lots of excited responses and imaginative language, so I put together a selection of landscape imagery to increase their awareness of the diversity of colour texture and features in different environments around the world.
We talked about what they could see and what the pictures were like and the children responded with some really lovely descriptive ideas….’rock castle’…’looks like a snake’… … ‘an octopus’…’shiny lake’…’where many trees grow’…
we also talked about maps and what they were…’it leads you to somewhere that’s interesting’….’it shows you a picture’…and one little boy drew an example, with the numbers representing how many steps it would take to get to the treasure!
After discussing all the different kinds of places and things we might need for a treasure island map we were ready to create our own…and I thought it would be interesting to make one on a grand scale….!