Wednesday, 25 October 2006

A MAGICal time for school kids


Eight B Ed students from the Mowbray campus recently took the Grade 7 class of the Christian David Moravian school in Retreat to the Crags outside Plettenberg Bay.

The five-day trip was planned and organised by the students who secured sponsorship of clothing and food from various community organisations.

Each student mentored four to five children through an experiential learning week. Students prepared a workbook for the children to use as a resource book and also as a journal.

The aim of the trip was to Make Art Grow in Children (MAGIC TOUR), where both students and the children learn from one another. A map gave the children insight of the route they were taking and the environmental questions that they were asked, focused on their thinking. During the tour the children walked in the Tsitsikama forest with elephants and had the unique experience of touching and interacting with the elephants before feeding them.

The children made clay elephants, exploring form and texture and they went on to explore this activity at the beach where they worked in groups to make vast sand sculptures. They also went to the Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, the Eden Bird Sanctuary, Monkey-land and the Rhino base camp.

In the evenings the students worked with the children to complete activities and to reflect on the day’s learning. When the children were sleeping, the students and the teacher worked together to reflect on their own process of learning and would then discuss activities for the following day.

According to the group, the trip offered a unique learning experience for the facilitators, students and children.

CAPTION: Learners from Christian David Moravian school in Retreat with CPUT Education students.

Written by CPUT News