Talking to Year 1 kids
Voice Over: 200 Children’s Voices.
Year one. What I like to learn.
Children’s Voices: In the library, because it is a great place, and it has lots of books that I like to read. I really like some challenging chapter books.
There’s so much books that you can read. There’s funny comic books and stuff. My favourite comic book in here is Captain Underpants.
The nuggets. The chicken nuggets.
It’s like huzzah, I am Captain Underpants.
In the swimming pool, I liked the swimming lessons. We’ve been learning to float on our back, we’ve learned toe tapping, and we’ve learned breast stroke.
Down the fruit forest.
It’s where we get all our fruit.
And apple thing.
We water them so they can grow.
We have little lollipop sticks and we write our names on them. So when they’re ripe we can pull them out, and then put them in a little basket, and then we can take them home.
Voice Over: What I like to do.
Children’s Voices: We usually draw with textas fine line markers, pencils, or coloured pencils. We usually draw about memory, imagination, and still life.
I like to read. If you would try to Stretchy Snake and Chunky Monkey, all this good stuff. And then you will get really good at reading.
Sometimes I do dancing.
It don’t really.
We do this.
I do computers. Go on the internet.
It’s a program where we learn.
Yeah, it’s where we read.
And there’s another game and it’s called Reading Eggspress
Music and art, because my grandma is an artist and she’s helped me paint some pictures before. And I also learn the guitar. That’s why I like music as well.
And I read about galaxies, and elements, and protons, and neutrons.
Voice Over: What I’ve learned at school.
Children’s Voices: We learn about animals, we learn about nature and learn about plants.
The things that I like about science is that stars can sometimes be at day time and night time.
Sometimes we have a little mattress and there are all these little squares. And if you press up and go, then it goes forwards.
We were doing a project about flies. Like, things about flies, like why is a fly’s skin hard to crack.
Voice Over: How I learn.
Children’s Voices: It’s like you learn from your own mistakes.
By not worrying about other people and trying your best.
I see people do it, and then I try it.
You can brainstorm. But we’re planning on making a time machine to save animals. We might want to write a procedure, how to make a time machine.
We can do it again and again.
Voice Over: What would make schools better.
Children’s Voices: Make a bigger play ground.
A fun room.
With all these fun stuff to do. Art. Computers and iPads.
I would add a time machine. Because you would see what would be in the past, and then you could draw it and show the teacher.
I would say to teacher, could you give me more hard homework? Cause I like challenging myself.
Lots of space for all these books with math and science and stuff.
I just like everything that’s at school. I don’t want to change it.
We spoke to children in Year 1 about what, where, and how they like to learn. We found that their experiences of learning in kindy and Prep, compared with learning in Year 1, were quite different.
As part of the Listen! 200 Children’s Voices research project, we filmed our discussions with these children with the hope that it will improve the way in which we support transitions in between kindy, Prep and school. You can view the videos and find out more here.