Posted on October 13, 2020 / ELC
The Marvellous Water Wheel
As we welcomed back the Early Learners and Pre-Prep’s to the ELC, there was much excitement in the air. The children are enthusiastic to be back in the classroom, reconnecting with peers and engaging in a plethora of learning experiences. At Tintern we are lucky to have such a beautiful and large learning space and we continuously appreciate the natural wonders in our environment.
There has been one very special and marvellous addition to our outdoor learning space, the water wheel feature. When the children were at home and learning online, our dedicated maintenance staff were diligently making our ideas come alive. We outlined a vague, ‘water wheel’ description and they set to work developing a masterpiece that exceeded our expectation.
The addition of the water wheel, has allowed the children to participate in an experience that allows them to practice and learn a range of skills. Covering topics around weight, volume, speed and engineering alongside aiding in fine and gross motor skills.
There are a lot of different ways that children can use the water wheel, allowing them to investigate and explore movement, trial and error, experiment with the flow of the water and the spinning of the wheel. It is a great way to learn and discover cause and effect. It takes dedication and several pumps to bring the water up from the ground. One of the many wonders has been around the fascination of movement. They marvelled as the water came out of the pump, how it spun the wheel, how they could stop the water in the dam and how it cascaded down the ramps.
With the warmer weather approaching, the water wheel will be a fantastic asset to our program. We look forward to supporting and extending the children’s skills, knowledge and learning in this area over the coming weeks.