HENSMAN STREET KINDY, Watching koolbardis (Magpies)
STEM Learning really flew at Hensman Street Kindy.
Starting from a bird observation at lunchtime the project lead to bird watching, making bird boxes and nests and investigations into how they and other objects fly.
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What we said…
This project was inspiring. From listening to the magpies, building bird boxes to trying to make objects fly, we imagine that the children found the project as fascinating as we did.
We love that the children made their own descriptions and observations of the birds and that connections were made with the local indigenous culture and the community. The project was original but based on common daily occurrences, child-led and hands-on.
In their own words…
The koolbardis would eat lunch with the children each day, so our interest in learning about our new friends and other local birds grew from the day the koolbardi sang for us during our lunchtime. The children then wanted to discover the other birds we had in our area and this became part of our nature walk to the library every week. This lead into wondering how birds fly and experimenting using feathers and air.
We invited a local bird expert in from the City of South Perth, to learn about what it is that allows birds to fly and built bird boxes to invite different local bird species into our lunch space. This allowed us to learn about providing safe havens for birds in urban areas. After learning how birds fly we decided to see if we could try this ourselves.
Several STEM challenges were set up to see how objects could fly. Children came up with great ideas as to how make an object fly through the air without touching it. From here we travelled to Kings Park and made nests for our birds and connected our Noongar language with our learning during this project.