IEYC Theme Unit - The Brilliant Bug Ball | IEYC主题单元——精彩的虫球
BeeMee Forest Academy IEYC theme units are based on four learning strands. Combined with the UK National EYFS Framework, which is based on holistic inquiry and game teaching methods, learning is tailored to meet individual learning and development needs of children. Through multi-cultural development and international perspective each child is prepared academically and emotionally as future global citizens.
We inhabit our surroundings alongside a myriad of small inhabitants – minibeasts that reside in the soil, beneath stones, amid plants and grass, within trees, and even within our homes. Minibeasts manifest in diverse forms and sizes, ranging from diminutive ants and elongated, wriggly worms to exquisite butterflies adorned with vibrant wings. Throughout October, the children at BeeMee Xihu Campus delved into an exploration of these fascinating minibeasts.
At this stage of development, children exhibit a natural curiosity about the world around them, often relishing the experience of handling bugs and investigating soil, sand, roots, leaves, and stones outdoors. This thematic unit 'The Brilliant Bug Ball' provided our young learners with ample opportunities to closely observe these creatures. Offering hands-on experiences to witness life cycles and minibeast behaviours constituted enchanting moments for the children, fostering positive attitudes towards the natural world and living organisms.
During the unit, the children observed minibeasts in their outdoor environment, delving into the exploration of their characteristics and behaviours. They engaged in discussions and forged agreements regarding the safe and considerate handling and care of minibeasts. The children were introduced to the captivating realm of minibeasts, drawing comparisons between them and listening to a myriad of delightful childhood stories featuring these tiny creatures.
Additionally, the children warmly welcomed new minibeast companions into the classroom, providing them with the opportunity to observe the creatures' lives and growth.
The exploration of minibeasts provided an ideal platform for the children to investigate intricate patterns in the minibeast world, exploring shapes, colours, and numbers. The children made their own counting books and delved into the realm of symmetry.
They also gained insights into the diverse habitats of minibeasts, learning about insects that could fly, live underground, dwell solitarily, or form familial groups.
The children seized numerous opportunities to acquire specific knowledge about various minibeasts. They learned about bees, understanding their modes of communication, their role in pollination, and the production of delectable honey.
Ants, with their colonies hidden from daylight, were studied, highlighting their collaborative efforts within a hive to achieve remarkable feats. This offered each class the chance to practice teamwork through engaging and challenging team games.
Culminating in a splendid conclusion, the bug-themed unit concluded with a school trip to the Hunan Agricultural University Insect Specimen Exhibit. Here, the children closely examined truly peculiar and wondrous insects not typically found in their scenic Xihu surroundings. Alongside the Insect Specimen Exhibit, the children explored displays on various soils, plants, and larger animals. The outing was a joyous occasion, with the exhibit halls resonating with the sounds of animated children discussing the marvels they had encountered.