This room is where the children start to expand their learning by developing their skills in order to allow them to prepare to study, critique, and think independently. Having come from the Roots room where they have had time to develop imagination play, confidence, social interaction, co-operation and other social and play skills, they now move into a space aimed at allowing their natural inquisitiveness and desire to learn flow further. Children often ask to start the activities within this group when they are naturally ready and have the desire to want to learn to read and write or begin to play with numbers. Literacy, science, and mathematical skills are now strengthened through practical hands on lessons. The Children are involved in setting the scheduled and how they learn, and the time table is decided as a group. This space is about giving the children the skills to grow further in order to be able to work independently. More traditional subjects such as history, geography, art, literacy, mathematics, science, music, and drama are explored in a fun and imaginative manner. Children play with numbers and letters, experiment with science equipment, and dance and jump to music. Every lesson is tailored to the individual children, and how they enjoy learning. Small groups enable Teachers to really know each child and ensure that learning is not a chore, but a joy. Adults ensure that the children now really start to thrive and enhance their learning while being careful not to extinguish the flame of imagination and excitement that comes with learning something new.
The day begins at 9:00am and ends at 4:30pm with the same session times as all of the other groups. Children in this group will flow between this room and the projects room when their literacy and numeracy skills begin to develop, and they and the adults feel they are ready. The routine of the morning meetings, all school lunch time, and end of day spawn points continue throughout this space and into the projects space.
As in the case of the other spaces, a child will be in this space according to their ability, social needs, age, and background on arriving at the school. Children outside of the specified age ranges may be moved according to these factors to which ever group suits their need at any given time.
Within this space children also begin to look at self-awareness, meditation, and social issues in general. We discuss topics of interest during spawn points and begin to examine how we work within and the complex workings of society without. This then sets the foundations for when the children move into the projects room and develop further skills in independent research, critical thinking, analysis, and self enquiry.