Interactive learning at NDS
One of GVI’s core aims is to provide opportunities that enrich the education experience of pupils at Navunisea District School. During the school holidays the education team created an outstanding interactive learning area for class 1, designed to facilitate open-ended play. The ‘home-corner’ was designed to be multi-functional, it provides a selection of fancy dress clothes and a space which can be used as a shop, cafe and puppet theatre.
Interactive play has a crucial part to play in children’s intellectual and social development. Role play and other less conventional learning technique encourages pupils to use their imagination and targets the three prime areas of learning development;
– communication and language
– physical development
– physical development
– personal, social and emotional development
Communication language development involves giving the children opportunities to develop and experience key language skills, develop confidence in expressing themselves and listening to others. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
Through play they are presented with challenges and questions which are focused, open ended, not closed questions. Role play does not have a right answer.
Interactive play also enables children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. Through picking up, fastening buttons, building and drama young children develop their co-ordination, control, and fine and major motor skills.
Most importantly, children develop key social and emotional skills, and an understanding of the world. Through cooperative play, they learn how to take turns, share responsibility, and creatively problem-solve. Role play is creates a space for children to experiment with the social and emotional roles of life, they learn to manage their feelings and understand different behavioural situations.
The pupils were delighted with their new play corner and volunteers observed the children carefully tearing paper and stirring ‘pancake batter’ and frying ‘cassava’ before serving it up to their class mates. Because of the positive reception from teachers and pupils GVI hopes to continue to develop further holistic and sensory learning experiences.
Eleanor Hanson – Dawasamu Education Project Leader
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