EAL students throughout the primary school have been extending their word banks through an exploration of different materials and their properties. They had plenty of questions to ask. Here are just a few.
Why are some spoons made of wood? Is metal light or heavy? What sort of material is good for making boats? Why is bubble wrap so irresistibly poppable?
Children's vocabulary grows with hands-on experience, assisted by a natural love of showing and sharing what they know. While the youngest learners enjoyed playing guessing games about objects in a 'feely' bag and composing collages with various different kinds of paper, plastic and wood, older learners have tried to describe and classify materials and explain why certain things we use are made of one particular substance rather than another. Asking and answering questions about the materials we use gets everyone thinking and talking.
- Ms Mirsky, English as an Additional Language