Thursday, March 24, 2011

Stoke Fire Station.

Because we believe that children learn through relationships with people , places and things, we make a point of ensuring the wider world and community are an integral part of the learning experiences we make available to children. With this in mind we plan excursions to follow up on children's interests and if possible making links for them between their kindergarten and the larger world in which they live.And if these links are family links it makes it even more exciting and relevant.

Fire Fighter play has been a major feature of the playground recently and Luba (Student teacher - Canterbury University) wanted to follow up on this. Two of the boys have several family members who are part of Stoke Voluntary Fire Brigade and so we were able to organise a visit to the Fire Station.
We set off walking along the reserve , stopping for morning tea along the way. Once we got to the Fire Station everyone became excited. we talked first with Amanda and met James and Issac. They took us into the locker room where we saw the uniforms and some of us tried it on. One of the firefighter kindly donned his uniform, and even put on the breathing apparatus.
From here we got to climb inside the firetruck, and then head into the control room and learn about what fire fighter do when a call out comes in. After this we all went outside and watched how they put a ladder up on top of a building (and believe me it is not as easy at it looks on TV.
The of course we had the moment we had all been looking forward to. The fire hose!! All the children got a turn and of course I simply couldn't resist......and I tried so hard to resist the temptation of squirting everyone.
Thanks so much to Sonia for setting up the trip, to Luba for helping me organise it, to Manda, Matt and James for being brilliant role models and patiently answering all our questions.And of course thanks to the parents who came iwth us and to the children for being an awesome bunch to go out with,

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