Themes

Spring Term Themes 2020

We ask you as parents and carers to pop in and become involved in our themes. If you have any artefacts or books please feel free to bring them in or come in and read a story to the class, please see your class teacher for dates.

13/01/2020 Introduction to the Montessori
Welcome back Everyone and Happy New Year, and especially a big welcome to our newcomers. We will begin our first week back at school with a quick reminder of our ground rules within the Montessori classroom. The children will have a chance to settle back into their routine & look around the classroom – by observing our display boards they will hopefully guess our new themes for this term.

20/01/2020 Chinese New Year – The Year of the Rat
This week we will be exploring the exciting celebration of Chinese New Year. We will also explore the country itself, along with its people, culture, language, food, and history and traditions. We will explore how many of the things we take for granted were invented or developed in China – like paper, porcelain for tea, silk and even ice cream! While exploring China we will also be busy making China’s flags, Chinese hand fans, and writing the Chinese character for our art and crafts, including counting to 5 in Chinese.

27/01/2020 How things work
This week we are taking the children on an amazing journey to look at how things work. Have you ever wondered just what happens when you flush the toilet or what goes inside a light bulb? Do you want to know how a digger scoops up soil, why boats float and what keeps planes up in the air? There are thousands of questions children are asking about technology and other things they do not understand. Let’s have a look and find out the secret behind simple machines such as a pulley or a more complicated construction such as a crane.

03/02/2020 Science…
Science is a broad and exciting subject, especially for children, who are naturally curious and have questioning minds. It is therefore important that a wide range of experiences are introduced to children in the early years so that they can begin to develop their scientific knowledge. Inquisitive children can easily be encouraged to find things out for themselves by making observations, carrying out simple experiments, and sharing their discoveries. It is also easy to extend activities and introduce ways of recording their findings.

10/02/2020 Past and Present…
We will be talking about how people lived in the past. What they wore, and how the clothes have changed. The clothes worn by your grandparents when they were your age were different from the clothes you wear today. Boys did not wear long trousers and girls did not wear trousers at all…We will be talking about how people travelled in the olden days. What was it like to travel before the age of technology? Did you know that railways meant that people could travel faster and further than before…? Have you heard that children had limited access to education? School and education become compulsory for all children and they could enjoy reading…We will be talking about some great inventions that made our lives easier. There will be so much to talk about and learn this week!

HALF TERM

24/02/2020 International Food
This week we will explore the wonderful world of food internationally. It will be a journey through the senses as children will see, taste, smell and touch various food from around the world. Every day of this week children will try a different dish from a different country and culture. All dishes will be cooked by the teachers who also come from around world. Children will have an opportunity to taste Polish bigos, Hungarian goulash, amongst others. Children are also going to be given a chance to prepare some simple, international dishes. Hands on cooking activities help children develop confidence and skill. Following recipes encourage children to be self-directed and independent, it also teaches them to follow directions and develop problem-solving skills. During this week we will also discuss the importance of healthy eating. We will talk about which foods should be eaten “more often”, such as whole foods like vegetables, wholegrains and fish, and those that we shouldn’t eat every day, such as sweets.

02/03/2020 World Book Day and Stories
On World Book Day (Thursday 05/03/2020) everyone can dress up as their favorite book character! The staff will be dressed as their favorite characters too!!! We will be exploring some of our favorite books.

09/03/2020 Welcome to The Jungle and The Rainforest
The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest tropical rainforest. It covers much of north-western Brazil and extends into Colombia, Peru and other South American countries. The Amazon is famed for its biodiversity. It’s crisscrossed by thousands of rivers, including the powerful Amazon. Did you know that it contains over 40,000 different kinds of plants; has many dangerous animals like the poison-dart frog; venomous snakes and meat-eating fish like piranhas?
The greatness of the Amazon has not only given habitat to many plants and animals but also maintains the water cycle by producing large quantities of rainfall every year and also producing 20% of the world’s oxygen.

16/03/2020 – 23/03/2020 Farmers
This week we will all be little farmers and will be growing our own vegetables and crops! We will be doing some experiments to see how vegetables regrow with water! Using some cut tops of carrots, heads of lettuce, celery, fennel, garlic clove. Roots will grow in a few days and small shoots will grow shortly after! Let’s harvest them when they are fully grown! We will make our own vegetable salad using fresh variety of vegetables. We also be talking about what British farmers do. Farming is an important occupation because everyone needs foods. Farms produce all kind of plants and animals. There are many types of farming in Britain. Have your gardening gloves on and get ready for the week!

Please join us for our Easter Egg hunt on Thursday 26 March 2020!

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