Sensory perception is one of the most important aspects of development. The development of touch and feel works in sync with sight and sound to give the human body an experience that is stored in memory. Such experiences can be informal, learnt through random play, semi-formal or learnt through guided play or formal and learnt through formal means. At the youngest age groups at St Edward’s College, we work mainly on the semi-formal approach.
From emergent topic activities to simply having a good engaging time, we eagerly implement sensory and motor skills activities in our students’ days. The activities this week ranged from water play sessions (car washes as part of the topic called transport), muddy puddles (as part of the farm topic), to soil play (part of the insects topic), to even a milking activity (part of the animals topic). The students are constantly active and developing core skills as well as other, just as important, skills like turn-taking, listening, sitting tolerance and participation.