Tuesday, 19 April 2016

A new month a new theme

Under the Sea

This month we were caught up learning about the sea, this topic was linked across a large amount of curriculum topics. At the beginning of the year I named the tables in the classroom jellyfish, crabs and whales so the children could relate somewhat to this topic before even discussing it. There are lots of fantastic storybooks about under the sea that have played a central role in the lessons this month such as:


                       




All of these books have lovely activities related to them which the children did over the month. 

Playtime:

We did some "fin-tastic" work  this month for this playtime. 
One if the stations in the rota was the reading reef. The children looked at lots of different books about under the sea. Factual, picture books & storybooks. All the children allowed the children to see lots of different sea creatures. 



A literacy game that the children really loved was the fishing game. Each child had a card with under the sea vocab. The children used their fishing rod to to pick up sounds to make the vocab. The focus was on phonics but also on motor skills. 
This was a fantastic game because it self-differentiated. Children could either make full words or just find initial sounds of the words. 



Last month the children played roll and colour, so this month I got an under the sea roll and colour which the children love. The game requires 2 dice so the children are being challenged. Another numeracy game that I included in the play rota was count and colour, the children have been learning their numbers in arabic lessons so I also included an arabic version of the worksheet. These were fantastic worksheets because the children didn't even realise it was 'work'. 
Again, Thanks Twinkl!
On the write, draw, cut and  paste station in the play rota I included some lovely activities. The children cut outlines of different sea creatures and stick them together, some of the creatures are fantastic. The children got so creative when I asked them to create some new creatures. Very inventive. 


The small world station this month required a lot of sharing as there was only a few sea creatures. I filled a box with pebbles, aquarium toys and some plastic sea creatures. It was great listening to all the informal learning going on. 


English:

The past few weeks we have been reading the stories mentioned above. These are fantastic stories and when I put them into the reading reef the children loved seeing them because they were familiar with the stories. We have been focusing a lot on the character of the Rainbow Fish. 

So when we got a letter from Rainbow fish it made us very upset. Rainbow fish lost his scales and he was no longer beautiful, colourful and shiny. In his letter he asked the children to give him new scales. The boys and girls were only too happy to help. They drew new beautiful scales on the rainbow fish and they even wrote a lovely letter explaining that they would help. 

For homework the children were given some 'project work' to do. They each had to make a shoe box of under the sea. Every child who made one really did a great job. A big thank you to all the parents also for their involvement. 

Sabaina's Shoebox
Sabaina's Shoebox


Yasmin H's Shoebox

Abeera's Shoebox

Abrar's Shoebox

Abrar's speech on her shoebox

Yusra's Shoebox

Who's that in the submarine?

Nisa's beautiful box

Nisa's Box

Nisa's Box

Naima's Enemie with Nemo and his family


Waaris' shoebox

Faria's Under the Sea box

Hamza'a under the sea

Yasmin's Under the Sea Shoebox

This month's art lesson were very creative and the children really enjoyed playing with their under the sea creatures when we made them. They made turtles, sharks, jellyfish and beautiful fish. 

 


When the children stuck on the goggly eyes it made it seemed like a real creature and they were jumping/swimming around the classroom pretending to be their creatures. 



Another art lesson the children loved was making the rainbow fish using the back of CDs and jewels/sequences. They looked so beautiful and shiny. 

The under the sea theme was absolutely fantastic. It opens up so many opportunities for cross curricular linkage. The children really enjoyed this theme and it was clear that lots of learning went on this month :) 

2 comments:

  1. THANK YOU TO MISS DORAIN FOR BEUTIFUL PICTURES OF CHILDREN WORK ...NISA LOOK FORWARD TO GO TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY...

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  2. THANK YOU TO MISS DORAIN FOR BEUTIFUL PICTURES OF CHILDREN WORK ...NISA LOOK FORWARD TO GO TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY...

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