Planning for undestanding the world

Within my reception class (F2) we have a deficit of evidence for the curriculum area “the world”. The key objectives are: 

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

So this includes some of my, and usually the children’s, interests. Children love looking at animals and mini-beasts so over the next few weeks I will be planning for this.

Outside I made a start with children this week replanting a row of seedling trees. They had been planted and then pulled out by the children. In order to try to develop the children’s understanding I’ve worked digging deeper holes and packing with fresh compost. The kids worked with me digging the holes, then watering them in. Hopefully by including them in the maintenance they will learn respect for the trees and not just pull them straight out.

We put up new bird feeders to attract some more bird life in.

I’ve added the friends of the earth bee poster from their Great British Bee hunt pack up near the bug hotel. I’ve got few more posters to laminate and put up. It will hopefully get the children talking and looking. Not the biggest change, but may draw them in.

Inside we have a tuff tray of mimi-beasts and woodland animals. There are laminated numbers and tricky words in the hope some children may name them giving us the observations for reading and maths. 

Carrying on from hedgehog awareness week we have paper plate hedgehogs to make

The sand tray is set for the sea with underwater creatures and coloured rice. Lovely sensory objects with the shells and rice.

The light table is set up with the light bricks for investigating colour change.

Within F1 (nursery) more of the chicks have hatched.

So lots of fun to be had next week. Ive got plans for filling the planters to attract in more insect life and a few flowers is good for both the mental health of staff and children. So watch this space for further developments.

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