As part of the Early Years’ transdisciplinary unit “How the World Works”, our youngest learners went on a field trip to the Nanjing Insect Museum. The trip helped students explore the concepts of nature, observation, form, responsibility, needs, and survival. Under the supervision of museum staff, learners had the opportunity to see and interact with insects and reptiles in their habitats.
The Insect Museum trip exemplifies how NIS Early Years teachers design enriching learning opportunities and experiences in collaboration with our youngest students, based on discussions, careful observations, documentation, and planning. The trip embodies our school’s Reggio-inspired Early Years philosophy, which fosters a stimulating and captivating learning environment that inspires and kindles innate curiosity of our young students. For this trip especially, we could see our award-winning school strategy goal of “Burst the Bubble” in action – encouraging students to step outside their comfort zones and connect with new people, places, cultures, and situations.