Wriggle and Crawl
During this learning topic, children grab their coats and pooters to go on a minibeast hunt! They sweep nets in puddles and ponds and lift up logs to see who lives underneath. Children set their very own minibeast laboratory and observe their every move.
Over the course of the unit children are encouraged to ask their own questions about what they observe and experience. Children learn about food chains and discover who eats who. Together the children investigate questions, such as how far a snail can travel in a day and how spider catches its prey. The children find out how different minibeasts transform from one form to another, maybe a caterpillar to a butterfly or a maggot to a fly!
On your belly, legs at the ready, it’s time to wriggle and crawl!
Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
In this History based learning topic children find out about how castles use their mighty walls and moats for defence, how an archer aims at his target, and how a drawbridge moves up and down. The children meet Rapunzel who lives at the top of a tall, tall tower. They find out how castles were built and then build their own smaller one! We see who can build the tallest tower and learn how to measure it.
After that, we dig deep, deep down to make a burrows and tunnels – just like different animals who live underground. The children hear stories and they have to listen carefully… who is going trip, trap, trip, trap, over the rickety bridge? Who is that troll underneath and how can we catch him?
Then we learn how bridges of all shapes and sizes are built – and build our own! Will it be sturdy enough to take the weight and get us safely to the other side? And lastly, we learn a story about three pigs who one day decided to leave a home. The pigs need the children’s help to build a strong fortress to keep away the big, bad wolf. No huffing or puffing should blow these walls down!
This way or that way? Where should we go? Up to the local shops or down to the playing fields? Let’s learn about local community, looking at house old and new and finding out how our streets have changed since our parents were young.
Make maps and plans of the streets around us, planning our routes. What can you see? What can we find? Where do you live? Do you know your address?
Find out how to write instructions, directions, adverts and learn rhymes all about our community from different times.
Where the Lord Mayor writes and asks us to help make our street a better place, it’s time to get your thinking caps on and paint brushes at the ready!
Ready to roll, Street Detectives? Get your clipboards and cameras… it’s time to start investigating!
Mixing Marvellous Medicines
Let’s get mixing! Inspired by Roald Dahl’s fabulous books, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, we investigate mixing different materials. We play with liquids, squish some dough and look at the slushiest and mushiest foods.
Pour, mix, stir, splat! How does it feel to get your hands covered in goo? Make a wobbly jelly and draw with wobbly clay. Write recipes, instructions and poems – there are lots of delicious words to describe messy mixtures! Work with paint by flicking it and pouring it – just like Jackson Pollock. What will you make? How will you arrange it?
Don’t worry about the mess… it’ll always wash!
Learning Objectives for this topic:
Gather and record data to help in answering questions
Perform simple tests
Observe closely, using simple equipment
Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
Find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching
Know that all household products, including medicines, can be harmful if not used properly
Know rules for, and ways of, keeping safe, including basic road safety, and about people who can help them to stay safe
Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
Explore and evaluate a range of existing products
Understand where food comes from
Use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
Throw it, catch it, roll it, bounce it!
Up and down and side to side, can you catch the bouncing ball? Can you bounce too? Jump like a horse, leap like a frog or kick like a kangaroo!
Design a game, bouncy or otherwise! Then write instructions for someone else to play it. Are the instructions clear enough? Can the players follow them? Who will score the highest? Then let’s create a Sporting Challenge Day for parents and carers….can they hit it, roll it, win it? Now let’s relax…..breathe deeply and stretch those tired muscles. Yawn…all that bouncing must be making you tired!
We learn to write stories about “The Frog Who Wanted to Bounce” and change the main character to an animal of our own. We learn to write an information text about how to keep fit, healthy and active. We learn about sporting heroes from the UK and abroad and find out why they are so inspirational and significant.
We learn about how animals are able to defy gravity by bouncing and jumping high and far. We replicate the techniques animals use and explore how we can perform these movements ourselves.
How many bounces can you do?
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Arrr… me hearties, it’s a sailor’s life for me! Get your sea legs on, it’s time to sail the salty seas.
Navigate, investigate and explore the world – just like Captain Cook. Make a boat, sink a ship, fly a pirate flag! Speak like a pirate, write like a poet, then weigh and measure a pirate’s booty! How do rescues happen at sea? Find out about brave volunteers and young Miss Darling, rowing her boat across stormy seas. Sing a sea shanty whilst cleaning the poop deck then search the school grounds for Captain Longbeard’s hidden treasure. Thar’s land ahead, me buckos! Let’s get t’ship t’port.
In this topic, children learn about the best materials to use to make a pirate ship. They find out which ones float and sink by performing a simple test. They use their art skills to create sculptures of lighthouses. Children create, draw, label, read and follow different kinds of maps to try and find buried treasure. They tell a pictorial story using their animation skills.