Theme：Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year has arrived! N Class students used their five senses to explore the Chinese New Year foods such as sticky rice cake, turnip cake and water chestnut cake. They used different senses to distinguish between these foods, such as smell for aroma, taste for flavor, sight for appearance and touch for texture. In this theme, students made their own mandarin orange tree out of paper and red packets. They also simulated Chinese New Year greetings in the learning corner, role-played giving red packets to each other and cooked various Chinese New Year foods. Students also learnt about different Chinese New Year traditions and were able to experience the festive atmosphere at school.
Tasting New Year Foods
Making a Mandarin Orange Tree
In this Chinese New Year theme, students learnt about the traditions, etiquette, decorations, different greeting phrases and Chinese New Year foods. Throughout the learning journey, students used their five senses to explore various things, stimulating their sensory development and motivation for learning simultaneously. From tasting various Chinese New Year foods, students were introduced to the flavors of different foods, such as the sweetness of water chestnut cake and the savory flavor of turnip cake. They were also given exposure to the texture of food, including the chewiness of niangao and the soft texture of turnip cake. In the Chinese New Year greeting role-plays, they also learnt how to collaborate and communicate with their peers.
Theme: Getting to Know Myself
Three months into the academic year, students of K1 class are understanding that they are growing up and so are their abilities. After discussion amongst themselves, to further explore the “Getting to know myself” theme, students decided to go on a fieldtrip to a park for first-hand experience, exploring the surroundings with their senses and completing various activities with different body movements. Through these activities, they aim to make good use of and appreciate their abilities, witnessing their own personal growth. After returning to school, students shared their feelings of their time at the park and recreated an ‘indoor park’, named “Rainbow Park”, using recycled materials such as: plastic water bottle, paper cone, fruit trays, paper cups etc. Using these recycled materials, they made a number of facilities including: a colorful flywheel, cup phones, pebble path etc. After completion, students spent time playing in their ‘indoor park’ and had a great time. They also invited students from other classes to witness their learning outcomes.
Fieldtrip to Park
Creating a ‘Rainbow Park’
Playing at ‘Rainbow Park’
The different activities above gave students first-hand experience on how the four limbs and five senses are used. During the fieldtrip to Rainbow Park, students saw improvements in their own ability. In the Rainbow Park activity, students were happy to express their own ideas. After completing the recreation, they were confident in sharing their work with others, fully enjoying themselves and were engage throughout the entire learning process.
When the theme of ‘Animals’ was introduced, students of K2 class immediately thought of their pets at home and started a discussion on pets and shared many ideas, such as: “My cat is called Ah Pao!”, “I have three puppies at home.”, “I once saw a dog with very long fur on the street!” and “Dogs can be different colors”. Afterwards, to further their understanding on the theme of ‘Animals’, students of K2 class decided to carry out an exploration on ‘pets’ and planned a visit to a pet shop to understand the products and services which it provides. On the day of the visit, students saw items which they initially expected, such as: pet toothpaste, pet nail clipper and pet tupperware. Students were also given a chance to watch a dog having its fur shaved and taking a bath, understanding the daily services which the shop assistant offers to the pets. Lastly, students gave the shop assistant a thank you card, showing their appreciation for letting them visit the pet shop. After returning to school, students shared their personal findings with each other and discussed what materials could be used to construct their own model pet shop at school, including: color paper, aluminium foil, cloth, play-dough, cardboard paper etc.
Visit to Pet Shop
Recreating Model Pet Shop
Grand Opening of “Rainbow Pet Shop”
Whilst recreating the model pet shop, students discussed about the ambience, products and service flow which they would like to have in their model pet shop. They also discussed what material they should be using and the methods on how to create different props for their model pet shop. For instance, they made pet snacks out of light clay and packaged them, differentiating the types of snacks by making their own tags and sticking them on the packaging. Students also used sticks and pipe cleaners to make cat toys in addition to making grinding claw sticks out of paper cone and hemp rope. These activities effectively enhanced their language ability, logical thinking skills, social skills and creativity. In their model pet shop, students took turns in role-playing different characters, giving them a chance to learn how to take care of pets and understand the responsibilities and job descriptions of different roles. Throughout the activity, students were able to demonstrate their thinking ability and problem-solving skills.
In order for students to show their appreciation to people who supported them during their study of the food theme, they decided to become ‘Christmas elves’, hand-making cookies as Christmas gifts. Firstly, students went home and researched recipes for their favorite type of cookie and then brought it back to school to share with their classmates. Afterwards, students went to a baking shop to buy the necessary ingredients. Upon returning to school, students got into small groups and started to make different types of cookies, including: stained-glass cookies, chocolate cookies, ginger bread man etc. Students were able to measure out the ingredients accurately, mix ingredients using the electric whisk and use different piping bag nozzles to create various cookie shapes. Lastly, after many repetitions and improvements, students were able to bake their own cookies, and as a token of appreciation, gifted the cookies to teachers and other members of the community whom welcomed them during previous visits, including: primary school staff members, a barber, a fruit store and goldfish store assistant etc.
Recipe Sharing and Outing For Ingredients Purchase to Make Cookies
Recreating a Model Cookie Shop
Cookies-giving in the Community
Students giving cookies to staff of Sai Kung Sung Tsun Catholic School (Primary Section) as a token of appreciation for their warm reception during previous visits.
In the learning theme of ‘food’, students learnt how to: complete research at home for different cookie recipes, purchase ingredients according to the recipes and then using the purchased ingredients to make cookies, demonstrating their self-learning ability. Throughout this process, students were exposed to how different types of cookies were made, understanding that the process of making food is not simple. Apart from being able to enjoy the tasty cookies, students also learnt to be grateful, taking this opportunity to give away their hand-made cookies to different people within the community, showing their care for them.