Our first topic for this term will be the Zoo. We will look at animals in the wild, then animals in the zoo; we will post the question "Are zoos good or bad?" to end this topic. We will have a Safari role play area, with lots of small world wild animals to play with. We will look at lots videos, books, information online and discuss the different types of animals around the world, starting with Africa, but also considering other parts of the world such as Australasia and the Arctic. We will look at maps of the world to see where they come from and consider their habitats, what they like to eat and the similarities and differences. We will also think about what animals need to survive and how their environment must support them to be safe and have young.
Our next topic to finish our early years curriculum will be the seaside. We will look at the seaside and all the exciting things it has to offer and then we will progress onto life under the sea; for the final week, we will pose the question "How can we look after our world?".
We will have beach role play, with a rock pool area, a sand area and deck chairs/umbrella, with picnic items, beach towels and sun screen, as well as lots of pictures and new seaside vocabulary. We will look at lots of fiction and non-fiction books to find out what is under the sea, including books such as Tiddler, Rainbow Fish, Shark in the Park, Commotion in the Ocean and Sharing a Shell. We will also consider how to survive on a desert island and we will write a message in a bottle. We will look at maps of the world to see where the five oceans are and consider different habitats such as the coral reef, the Antarctic and deeper down in the sea. In the last phase of this topic, we will consider what we can do to stop the plastic in the oceans and think about the welfare of the sea and those that live in it.