Paws, Claws and Whiskers! Spring term 1
The new term begins with our Geography Topic- Paws, Claws and Whiskers!
We will be focussing our attention to mapping skills and using these to help us understand our local community and the wider world. We will talk about local features / places, interpret a range of geographical information, including maps and different kinds of maps, globes and transport.
To begin to understand life in other countries we will look at life in Africa- both animals and people. We will learn and name wild animals in the African Savanna, learn an African dance and compare the lives of people who live there with those of our own. Our core topic book for the term is: Ben and Gran and the whole wide, wonderful world written by Gillian Shields. Much of our learning will encompass the vocabulary and content of this book, combined with the individual next steps of the children.
Through play we will develop fast recognition of up to 3 objects, without having to count them, recognise / match numerals, explore 2D and 3D shapes and their properties, use prepositions through our mapping skills, compare length,/distance /height and spot patterns in the natural world.
With countless opportunities to be self-directed and using a variety of tools, surfaces and materials the children will be inspired to create their own masterpiece with the support of photographic, literary and real-life stimuli. Adult led activities will develop emerging skills. The children will be encouraged to junk model their house or a building that is familiar to them or their favourite mode of transport. We will be working hard on those zips this term, in addition to becoming more confident with using a knife and fork, taking care of ourselves and managing our emotions.
A journey around the Bramley Vale Community
Classes 1 and 2 enjoyed a fabulous and insightful journey around the Bramley Vale neighbourhood. We made several stops along the way and discussed the sights, smells and sounds. to help us remember and sequence our journey, we made a journey stick and took lots of photographs. The route took us to the park, where the children had a fabulous time playing with their friends. At the journey’s end, the children enjoyed a luscious hot chocolate and biscuit.
The following day we revisited our journey and used our journey stick to recall and sequence the photographs. The children did an amazing job at recalling the sights and sounds and were able to name the landmarks we encountered too!