The driving question led students of Ankur to the precious resource life on earth needs for its survival- clean water.
Their exploration into the question began with the story, ‘Pooh needs water.’ Through the story children learnt the various uses of water like, washing, bathing, boating, swimming and even painting. Children explored the physical properties of water and its changing states, through hands on experiments during the class. Engaging stories during ‘Tall Tales’ sessions such as ‘Drippy, the raindrop’ and ‘Nona aur Baarish’, helped them to understand how rain is formed, its role in nature and the need to save water.
‘Magic Pot’ sessions including science experiments such as ‘walking water’, ‘ice fishing’, ‘magnifying effect of water’, ‘dancing tea leaves’, etc. widened children’s perspective and made them curious leading to several questions.
During the ‘Nature Connect’ sessions, they watered the plants in their school garden, moved around the school corridors to look for leaking taps and turned them off tightly, whenever they found one. When they jumped on water puddles, made shoe marks and watched them disappear, they learnt about evaporation. They used the material that they collected during Nature Walk, such as leaves, pebbles, feathers, twigs, seeds, flowers etc. to see what sinks and what floats in water by dropping them in a splash pool. Children absolutely enjoyed the art activities using ‘water colours’ which enhanced their fine motor skills, eye hand coordination and imagination. ‘Pouring Stations’ with bowls, tubs, glasses, sponge, droppers, spoons, funnels, straws and ladles gave them an opportunity to explore it further as they squeezed, transferred and poured water from one container to another. While children enjoyed these pouring activities, they also discovered that there are certain materials that absorb water, such as sponge, cotton ball, cloth, etc. whereas there are others which do not absorb water such as a wooden block, plastic toys, thermocol balls, etc.
Besides the stories and experiments, videos, PowerPoint presentations and rhymes further helped the children to make their learning interesting, concrete and deep.