Listening to children’s voices.
At the end of April, after every bubble had spent three weeks in each playroom every child was invited to share their thoughts. We used photographs of the playrooms to help us to talk about our likes and dislikes.
The children said they enjoyed moving around all the rooms and shared their ideas to make each room better. Some children felt that the garden in Playzone 2 was too small.
“I don’t like the garden”
“I didn’t like this because it wasn’t too big.”
We were able to begin using the side garden from Playzone 1 and expand the outdoor area for Playzone 2.
Some children missed the tyre swing from the old building so we added one to Playzone 1.
“I miss the tyre swing.”
“We should put some swings in the back yard.”
In Playzone 3 we added dolls to the home corner.
“Can we have babies in this room?”
“I would like to play with babies here.”
To help us look at some of the areas more closely we used Tuff Cams to share our thoughts.
“This art area is not so good. We need more things for sticky pictures.”
“People need to put things away in the right place, we need signs to tell them”.
The children suggested new resources and helped to organise and label them.
This has led to lots of new opportunities for leading their own learning.
As we continue to settle into our new building we can’t wait to hear more of the children’s ideas and suggestions to develop our learning environment.