Artworks,  Gathering Data through All Senses,  Listening with Understanding and Empathy,  Questioning and Problem Posing,  Responding with Wonderment and Awe,  Stories

Autumn – Changing Seasons and Changing Times – Our Story

Lane at Alchamps, Arles. Paul Gaugin 1888
From the collection at Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo

Our Themes:

-Recognising, understanding, accepting and adapting to change


-Letting go

Habits of Mind:

-listening with empathy and understanding… devoting mental energy to another’s thoughts and ideas, making an effort to perceive another’s point of view and emotions.

-gathering data through all the senses… using your natural pathways, paying attention to the world around you… with taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight.

-questioning and posing questions…how do you know? …having a questioning attitude, Knowing what data is needed and developing questioning strategies to produce the necessary data. Finding problems to solve.

Our Story

Ferdie and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

Some questions to help guide your child in a discussion about the story. Choose the questions that you feel are appropriate to your child’s age… but don’t underestimate them.😉

How does Ferdie feel about his favourite tree? Why?
What does he do to try to help?

Have you ever felt that someone or something needs help? What did you do?

Were the other woodland creatures concerned about what was happening to the tree? Why do you think that they thought differently?

Can you see any of the characters using a habit of mind? Talk about what they are doing.

Could Ferdie change what was happening to the tree? Could he stop the leaves from falling? Why or why not?

Are there things that we can change? Things that we can’t? How can we tell the difference?
What would you change about the world if you could? Why?

Did the story have a happy ending? For the tree? For Ferdie?

Is it a ‘rule of nature’ that leaves fall in Autumn? Can you think of some other rules? Nature’s rules or ‘man-made’? Do you have rules in your house? How do rules help us?