I was given a task by the reception class teacher to design an activity to produce a range of sea creatures using different materials that could be used for display purposes.
I designed and carried out the activities with the children over 2 days.
The tasks had to be age appropriate and include all the ability ranges in the class.
I selected the resources and prepared them for each task to maximise the children’s involvement in the activities whilst ensuring they could be completed in the time available.
After evaluating my own practice in previous tasks and discussion with the class teacher, I decided to adapt my planned finished product to suit the ability of the children, simplifying some of the work involved and supervising smaller groups of three children at a time. The space available was restricted to a small area, with availability of chairs limited. We changed the usage of part of the area and used the three tables available for the three different craft activities decided upon.
two children, tested the activity with me and we worked through it, adapting the rescores as we worked, once the items were complete I then prepared the materials for the activity taking into account the children’s suggestions.
The children received clear instructions on safety using the resources, in particular the split pins, sand, glitter and scissors. Each group of children cleared away their waste and replaced equipment used, including using the recycling bins.
I planned out the display prior to the tasks completed by the children and it was approved by the class teacher and support assistant. The children and I were very proud of our finished display, the teacher was happy with the results.
Team work within a school is extremely important between the adults and also including the children. I feel we completed the tasks and display using excellent team