Vignettes: Early Years - Friends All Around

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Vignettes – Early Years – Friends all around

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Friends all around

Julie’s Year 1/2 class has established contact with an early years class in New Zealand via ePALS. Each class has sent the other an ‘e-pal’, a disposable camera and travel journal. The children are challenged to care for the ‘favourite friend’ and record the range of activities and experiences undertaken.

Each night children in Julie’s class take turns to have Kapene the toy Kiwi, the camera and travel journal at their home. They can include it in daily activities or outings; and must take a photo of it with the disposable camera. The child completes a page in the travel journal that records what they have done with Kapene during its stay with them. They can also include other items of interest such as postcards, photos and information about their family.

As Kapene returns to class, its travel experiences are shared with the other children. Each week Julie uses a modelled journal-writing session with the children to compose an email to their partner class. They send an email about Kapene’s week and attach scanned photos. Julie’s class also receive a weekly email communication about Wilbur Wombat’s travels in New Zealand.

Over the weeks the photos of Kapene and Wilbur are pinned on 2 walls. Julie challenges the children to think of ways to organise the photos. The children suggest a range of categories and strategies and try them out. Julie encourages the children to record their findings. Within a maths session Julie introduces Venn diagrams with hoops. The children organise some photos of Kapene and Wilbur within the hoops to compare and contrast their travel experiences.

On an agreed date, the ‘e-pals’ return to their host class with their travel journal and a selection of work that demonstrates some of the things they have learned through ‘epals’.