Kindergarten girls jumped into the new geography syllabus by constructing maps of familiar places. During inquiry based lessons, the girls explored maps and answered the essential questions: What is a map? Why do we need them? What is their purpose?
The girls then explored a variety of maps using Bee Bots (programmable floor robots), learning how to give directions and get the Bee Bot from A to B. The girls took the initiative to use pencils to create roads and they even engineered obstacles. They then created a map for a Bee Bot, focusing on representing a familiar place. Willow drew a map of her local area, showing how to get from her house to that of her friend. These points were represented on her map using little houses as symbols.
Year 6 Friday Friends were invited to help test the maps once they were finished. The students worked together to program the Bee Bot and Year 6 encouraged the Kindergarten girls to use appropriate vocabulary and try again if their initial directions didn't work. This was a great opportunity for immediate feedback and for the girls to bond over a positive learning experience.
Ms Sarah GuyHead of Junior School
An Anglican day and boarding school
for girls, Kindergarten to Year 12. Founded in 1856.
26 Albion Street Waverley
NSW 2024 Australia
Telephone +61 2 8305 6200