Strategies for Engagement #4

…to experience delight, reflection and wonder

Encouraging pupils to actively delight in an aspect of learning can raise their awareness and change attitudes. For example, learners can delight in colour or texture in art or bring delight to others through what they make or do. Learners can respond to a display in science using images of rainbows as well as diagrams and information about how they are formed. Researching the structure of a chemical or the power of magnets can lead to reflection or wonder.

  • Learners could create number lines in maths and reflect on the question ‘Do numbers go on forever?’ They could select words and phrases to describe the character of different times in history concentrating on the qualities of the time. This could lead to reflection on how our own time might be described.
  • Learners can delight in sound in music or poetry by composing simple musical patterns or speaking poetry to musical rhythms. Pupils can use ‘bringing delight’ as the objective for designs they create in design and technology.
  • Learners can count the spirals in a sunflower in science and explore Fibonacci numbers. This can lead to wonder at the mathematical patterns within the natural world. They can research the chemical nature of salt, and wonder at the beauty of its structure in chemistry.

Examples such as these raise awareness of how much there is in the world to wonder about. These examples capture moments for refection, wonder and delight that might otherwise pass by unnoticed.