Welcome to MY World
Who is part of your family? Everybody’s family is different. Let’s talk about your family and who is important to you. Through role play, circle time, art activities, sharing photographs and small world play children will talk about their family and the people that live in their house with them. Listen to other people’s stories to discover what their families are like and what special things they do together. Which festivals or special occasions do you celebrate in your house? How do you celebrate your birthday or one of those special occasions? Balloons and parties, Decorations and food. Do you have any special customs or traditions? What jobs do the people in your family carry out when they go to work? Where do your family live? Some families live in our town but other families live further away and need to travel in different ways to get to school. Using simple mapping skills the children will show what they see on their way to school and share what they know about their town or where they live. When do you use your nose to smell, your tongue to taste, your ears to hear, your eyes to see and your hands to touch? Explore using the five senses in a variety of ways – rattling pots, smelly dough and tasty foods. Which is your favourite and why? This is all about you and your world.
Fur, Feathers, Scales and Legs
What animals have you seen? Do they have fur, feathers, scales or legs? Group animals in lots of different ways and discuss their features. Why do tigers have stripes? Observe the patterns and colours within the animal’s fur, feathers or scales. Reproduce these patterns through lines and colour as well as malleable materials including clay. Match the animals with their young. Look at their features and how they have changed or are there things that are still the same? Where do different animals live? Learn about how different animals live in different places because they need different things to survive. When does a caterpillar become a butterfly or a tadpole become a frog? Read and study the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to understand the life cycle of the caterpillar to a butterfly. Observe tadpoles and how they gradually make changes to become froglets and grow into frogs. How can we care for animals? Discuss what animals need to survive and flourish. Who can help us to look after the animals? Role play at the vets and look after our pets. Build bug hotels to create places for our insects to live and grow.
Nature All Around Me
How do you grow a plant or flower? Follow simple instructions to plant bulbs and seeds in pots and in the garden. Make simple observations of the plants over time to say what is happening to them. What do your seeds and plants need to grow and stay alive? Become a gardener and take an active part in caring for your plants and flowers as they grow. Take photographs using technology and create picture diaries of your plants growth. Observe what happens to plants if they are not cared for or given the things that they need. Why does a plant have roots? Name the different parts of a plant and why the plant needs all these different features to flourish and grow. When should we pick plants? Sometimes there are good reasons to pick plants that have been grown. Farmers grow fruits and vegetables especially to be picked so that we can eat them. Sort food into fruits and vegetables. Talk about which we already eat and which new foods we would like to try. Where do things come from? Are they made by nature or made by somebody else? Use natural objects to create pictures and artistic structures. Talk about what the objects look like and feel like. Are they bumpy, smooth or slimy? Do they float or sink? Talk about the properties of the different objects their colours and shapes. Create some beautiful art from nature as we observe the beautiful art that nature gives us.