Over the last few days, we have noticed that there have been many conversations around this idea of rainbows. B was working very hard at the art table on Tuesday, perfecting the order and arch of her rainbow as she used the water colour paint, R focused on using the colour purple but painting an arch. JD was focusing on the idea of all the colours in the rainbow itself and painting lines on his paper rather than the shape of the rainbow. In our team meeting on wednesday we discussed our theories on why there is this sudden interest around rainbows, and what about a rainbow was intriguing the children. Is it the shape of the rainbow (the arch), the magical mystery of rainbows or??
This morning, we had a discussion with the children to further our investigations around rainbows
Rachelle- What is a rainbow?
Red, Blue, Purple, Green- H
G- It's made of all the colours!
Rachelle- How is a rainbow made? Where do you find a rainbow?
M- You find rainbows when it's raining
B- in the sky when its done raining, you cant see them when it's dark
We were curious after this discussion, if we make our own rainbow? As we asked the children, the majority of them said “NO!”.
We wanted to test our theories and the children's theories by setting out a science experiment to see if we could create our own rainbow
“ IT'S CHANGING COLOURS!- R
“ IT'S GOING TO BE A RAINBOW, WE MADE A RAINBOW”- B
“IT'S A SCIENCE EXPERIMENT– G
We also made a rainbow mobile to hang up in our room to further provocate the children's discussion around what colours are in the rainbow! The children were able to touch and walk through the rainbows which also allowed for a great sensory experience.
Rachelle Minthorn RECE RT, Carissa Sanderson RECE