Children were excited to know why does matter really matter, and what matter exactly means.
The process of the exploration is as follows:
Children sorted the pictures according to their understanding and tried connecting one with another and found all the pictures are connected to each other one or the other way.
One of the child grouped the materials that were collected from nature and the others tried the way it was grouped, like natural and man-made or big and small etc.
Children discussed on the properties of each material distributed on the table and came up with the characteristics of those materials.
Children together played a game to understand the position of atoms in all three states of matter, like in solids atoms are tightly packed together and stay close to each other, in liquids atoms are slightly away from each other and loosely packed and in gases atoms are completely away from each other.
Children tried to experiment on the relationship between the solid, liquid and gas. They also were able to understand the water cycle through this experiment as evaporation, condensation, precipitation etc…
Children explored more on the physical and chemical changes of different materials through various materials to understand that a new substance is formed during a chemical change and the same substance can be retrieved back during the physical change.
Finally, as a young scientist, child chose a material of her choice, the marble which was made out of glass. She made a ppt to represent her findings on the manufacturing process of the material, the physical change and the ways to recycle or reuse the material in order to save the environment.
CSE offers a very supportive and safe environment to the students. Having had her initial schooling in UK for the past five years, we were very skeptical about the curriculum and learning methodologies around here in Chennai. Among the handful of IB-PYP schools in Chennai, CSE stands out for the well-maintained campus and friendly staffs (right from the security to the teaching staff). They take great care of every child from greeting at the entrance in the morning to handing them to their parents at pick up time. The teachers are dedicated, young, vibrant and energetic. They exhibit great understanding and encourage and support them to achieve their full potential both academically and socially. On the very first day, seeing my child shy away, her teacher offered to be her friend, which instantly put her in a very comfortable zone. Teachers, don’t just do their jobs, they build a very amicable relationship between the children and themselves. The activities are well planned that cater to the topics with excellent interdisciplinary links. Unlike traditional learning by blindly memorizing and copying from the blackboard, the children here are given hands on experience by involving in creative activities. They are stimulated to think, research and collate their ideas with their peers and come to consensus on a subject of discussion. This enables the children think individually alongside playing a strong role as a team member. Field trips are arranged for them to have a feel of how things they learn in the classrooms are being applied in real life scenarios. My child was filled with awe after her visit to an organic farm of her very own teacher. She is now looking forward to start one of her own. Very often, parents are invited to join in the field trips and in one such occasion, I realised how genuine and heartwarming their care for the children are. Overall, it’s a home away from home for my child.
T Muhil Bala