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Princesses and knights in Kindergarten

Posted: 9th February 2016 | Category: Kindergarten

Many of the Kindergarten are very interested in pursuit, capture and rescue at the moment. This is not a reflection of our teaching methods I hope, but it is the theme of many of their favourite stories. Young children need to explore their fears and seek empowerment through stories and role play, which we have seen in Kindergarten recently.Some of the traditional tales we explore feature giants, dragons, princesses and knights. So when we asked the children what they would like to make for our display board, the answer was clear; a fearsome dragon, damsels in distress and brave knights! 
We decided to incorporate as many aspects of our recent areas of learning as we could in our display. 
First, investigating differences and change -  we mixed food colouring with cooking oil, dripped it onto the surface of a tray of water, and dipped our paper; magic results!
Next, learning about shape; the dragon's scales were made from circles and triangles, cut out and stuck on with varying degrees of accuracy.
Then, making confident choices; each child chose their character and their position in the display. The brave knights gathered around the base of the tower, swords raised high, and the princesses chose a window, a door or a precarious position on the battlements!
So much to be learned from one theme, and so much fun in the process!
Loraine Pincott and Sue Reis

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