To young children just learning about the world they live in, rocks are are truly worthy of attention. You might even go so far as to say that they are irresistible.
To our young children in particular, they have been a constant source of engagement over the past term.
They started off by gathering them. Moving them. Arranging them in piles. Moving them again.
Then they discovered the joys of breaking rocks, and crushing them on the concrete. Oh, the endless hours of pulverising rocks, working out which ones could be crushed the easiest, observing the colours and treasures hidden inside the rocks, hitting them with hammers -
and carefully and painstakingly sweeping up the rock sand into containers to be kept as treasure.
And the idea of a rock shop was born.
They needed customers, so we wrote out an invitation to the Primary school kids to come and see our rock shop, and hand delivered it.
They displayed their wares to good effect.
And then they crushed them. And so it began all over again.
Never underestimate a rock. As a teaching material it has given us 10 weeks of physical activity; team work; problem solving; shared experience and co-operation; experimentation; imagination; pretend play; creativity; literacy and numeracy.