16 November 2008

Our Third Unit of Inquiry - a note for parents

Our 'just-started' unit of inquiry is all about Pattern, Rhyme and Rhythm.  It lies within the Organizing Theme: 'How we express ourselves' and the Central Idea is that ‘We can find pattern, rhyme and rhythm all around us.'  During the unit we will pursue the following Lines of Inquiry:

· What pattern, rhyme and rhythm are

· How pattern, rhyme and rhythm work

· How pattern, rhyme and rhythm are connected to each other and the world around us

Questions such as What is a pattern?  How can we use pattern, rhyme and rhythm to express ourselves?How do pattern, rhyme and rhythm work? will be posed.  As they work towards answering such questions, children will explore a range of patterns.  They will work together to change the rhyming words in poems and will explore rhythm through dance, music and language.

During the unit a range of skills will be developed; from Social skills where children will co-operate in a group or with a partner, sharing and taking turns; to Thinking skills which will include acquiring and remembering new vocabulary, spelling patterns and mathematical patterns and applying this knowledge in a variety of new ways; Communication skills, will involve listening for rhymes and rhythms and explaining patterns, as well as recording information and observations and Self-management skills will involve the development of spatial awareness and the use of gross motor skills in movement activities.

Such an expressive unit of course offers opportunities for creativity and imagination.  But patterns, in particular, can help us make sense of our world.  Think of the beautiful logic of mathematical patterns. 

Think, as just one example, about Fibonacci numbers in nature.....

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Think about geometry and the way certain shapes tessellate.....


Think about.....well, watch this space, and see the direction in which out thoughts and questions take us.  And think about all the fun we will have on our journey!

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