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Strathallan Preschool, “All About Me”

date:Dec 03,2013 source:意腾留学网 editorial staff:linan clicks:

Most schools have different materials on display in the classroom and around the buildings. It is one of the aspects of a school that give it a certain appeal and help it to make a statement to the public. I thought it would be interesting to compare displays in different areas at Strathallan and so I took a walk around, taking pictures as I went and engaging with staff and students about what is on display, and why and how it got there.
Strathallan Preschool, “All About Me”
 
Arriving in Strathallan Preschool, I encountered an “All About Me” wall on which juniors describe their age, appearance and favourite things. Each pre-schooler features in a ‘sea of birthdays’ and as an animal lover, a “pet wall of fame” caught my eye. These are ways in which connecting links with the family and the wider world are affirmed and extended. Children develop a sense of belonging and of who they are. They are recognised as individuals who have a place in the wider world.
Strathallan Preschool, “All About Me”
 
The most spectacular object on display in the Preschool right now is a large igloo made entirely from 2 litre milk bottles. During the building of this recycled structure students developed the confidence to choose and experiment with materials. They can climb inside it as they play aroundwith ideas and explore actively with all the senses. Representations on the walls of the current season, colour and “Life on the Hingaia Peninsula” also help pre-schoolers to learn through active exploration of the natural, social, physical and material environments. Walking into the Primary School at interval I am greeted by many students keen to tell me about what they have contributed to the displays around us. The Strathallan primary school is built in such a way that class rooms lead off a large atrium. These shared central spaces provide a great place for displays in addition to the individual class room walls. I noticed the same displays focussing on the development of a sense of belonging and an atmosphere of exploration as I had seen in the Preschool but this is complemented here by a sense of pride in achievement.
Strathallan Preschool, “All About Me”
 
Each student is featured on a large frieze entitled “We are Reaching for the Stars” thus the sense of belonging is extended from the family to the school and beyond. I come across a display showing an exploration of colour, a concept that I have just seen in the Preschool. Here, the language used is complex. We can see evidence of the students’enjoyment of English as they explore, refine and communicate ideas nd connect thinking, imagination, senses and feelings. n the classroom of every tutor in the College I find a display depicting heir tutor group. These displays, like the house notice boards around he College quad, vary greatly in their content and design, however, they all emphasise each College students’ active involvement in their ommunity. There are echoes of Preschool and Primary in a display f poems, photographs and other artefacts entitled “Year 10 Identity Project” taking up an entire wall in one English teacher’s classroom. he sense of exploration is strongly evident around the College. The cience laboratories are an obvious place to look for it and here I ncounter displays showing past, present and possible future scientific xploration. The tools of exploration have become more sophisticated t this level and are evident in many rooms. Mathematical equations, hemical formulae, time lines, grammatical conventions and research uidelines are some examples. he development of a sense of belonging, exploration and pride in chievement are just three themes I have tried to follow through the trathallan campus in this article. When I completed my tour I realized hat I had enough material for a major thesis. I hope you have enjoyed hese few highlights.
Strathallan Preschool, “All About Me”

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