During their play activities the Reception children have been finding out about animals. Teachers help them to use globes, maps and ipads to research their favourite animals and learn more about them and the places they come from.
“I showed her on a map where the UK was and where Africa and India were. We talked about how it was a long way, and she suggested that she could fly there to see the elephants”.
In another class the children were playing with polar small world toys and one child was fascinated by Arctic wolves. He was helped to find out more about them and the environment they live in. He also found out that Arctic wolves’ favourite food was Arctic hare, lemmings, seals, and birds.
Elsewhere some children were playing under the canopy and one child was wearing a workman’s waistcoat. He said that he was going to work on a plane so he talked with the teacher about the job of a pilot and looked on the iPad at different passenger planes. He made a plane and invited some friends to fly with him. They looked at the globe, the UK’s location and different places that they could fly to, then decided that they would fly over the sea to America.
In Year 1 the children learned about Harvest and were visited by a local farmer and his tractor. They were able to ask the farmer about his job, and practice their tractor driving skills! They went on to learn about some of the foods harvested in other parts of the world.
Year 1 have also been learning about animals that live in different parts of the world. As part of their Topic studies they have used maps, globes, atlases and the internet to discover features of different countries and environments and learn about how the animals that live there have adapted. As part of their Winter Wonderland Topic they learnt about the animals of the polar regions, and in particular about the Inuit people and how their lives might be similar or different to our own in the UK.
Year 2 have been learning about Medieval Norwich this term, and were able to visit Norwich Castle to find out about how people lived long ago.
They also learned about the features of Castles and how and where they were built. This helped them to develop their geographical vocablulary, for example: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour, river, moat, hill. They were able use aerial photographs to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features and they learnt about castles in other parts of the United Kingdom. They looked on maps and on Google Earth to find the Tower of London, Edinburgh Castle, Norwich Castle, Warwick Castle and Windsor Castle.