Following on from our Environment Week it was Global Citizenship Week in school. We wanted to continue our learning about Wall-e and what was good about our environment. However, we also needed to think about the things that we wanted compared to the things that need.
At first we all knew what we wanted but it was hard to think about what we might really need. We went on a walk around school to look for the different things we needed and wanted. Children commented on these as we walked round. We were starting to understand that although we wanted and liked toys and sweets we did not need them. We took lots of photos of the things we found and when we got back to the classroom sorted them out.
We decided that the things we needed kept us safe and alive. The things that we wanted might keep us happier but we didn’t need them.
To make us think about this a little bit more we returned to our thinking about Wall-e and when all the humans left Planet Earth. We thought about what we would take to a new planet with us if we had to leave Planet Earth.
We used the TASC wheel to work in groups and create something to show what we would take with us. Can you remember what we created?
A rainbow- because we need sun and rain on our new planet and when you get sunshine and rain you get a rainbow!
A garden- because we need plants to survive. They help us breathe good air and make food for us.
A tree- because the tree takes the bad things out the air and puts good air back.
A map-to show our new planet and what we would take with us.
An exercise bike- because we need to do lots of exercise to keep us fit and healthy (We talked about the humans in Wall-e who had got lazy and fat)
You can see all of our learning in the Floor Book.
What have we been learning?
- The difference between want and need.
- What keeps us safe in school and at home.
- What we could take to our new planet.
How can can you continue the learning at home?
- Talk about things at home that you need and want.
- Go for a walk round your house and talk about what keeps you safe.
- Make something else you would take to a new planet that you might need.
The last week of school was one of our busiest yet….. in between the party and Father Christmas’s visit we had some special jobs to do. We’d looked at the Christmas story and talked about the gifts given by the kings and also how Christians believe that Jesus was a gift to the world from God. Everyone was very excited to talk about the gifts they would be receiving. Miss Parker and the teachers asked us what gifts we would be giving. We decided to use the TASC wheel to help us plan our activity and work out what we needed to do if we wanted to make gifts for our grown ups. After talking about it and all the possible ideas the children all decided they wanted to bake something. They did however want to bake different things so we got into groups based on what we wanted to bake. There were buns, gingerbread men, mince pies and jam tarts baked.
Once we’d done the baking some children needed to decorate their baking as well making their own choices about why that looked like.
To go with our gifts we also made some cards. We had to draw something that we thought about linked to Chrsitmas and our grown ups. Everyone thought of their own idea and drew it themselves. We even wrote the inside of our cards indepedently so our grown ups could see how much progress we’d made during Autumn term. Here are just a few of them for you to see.
We also went to find different people who worked in school to give them a Christmas present to say thank you. We talked about the different reasons we give presents and how giving people presents made them feel. We were pleased when we made people smile.
Then on our last afternoon we were all a little bit sad because we couldn’t find our elf but he had left us a surprise. It soon cheered us up and we were exicited to see what it was. Santa had sent us a present early because we’d been so good while the elf had been with us. We got a copy of the book Zog by Julia Donaldson and also our very own Zog toy for the classroom. The elf told us Zog was on TV over the Chrsitmas Holidays so he thought we’d like to read the book first. Everybody loved it! 🙂
Before the Spring Bank break it was Environment Week in school closely followed by Global Citizenship Week. We decided to base our learning for Environment Week around the film Wall-E. Look at our Floor Book to see what we learnt about.
The week after was Global Citizenship Week. We based our learning around the TASC wheel and tried to answer the question:
Where is the best place to live in the world?
It was hard to decide because there are so many exciting places we could have chosen. We had to know enough about the place chose to explain why we’d live there and also why it was better than anywhere else. First we asked our parents/ carers if we had any family who lived in another place or if we’d ever been to any other places. This helped make our discussions more relevant to us.
Look at our Floor Book to see what else we decided……
What we have been learning?
- About our place in the world.
- About how we can help the world stay a nice place to live.
- About different countries around the world.
- How we have links around the world even if we’ve never been before.
- What we know about different countries around the world.
- How we can use what we know to help us answer a question.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Talk to your child about any links they have around the world.
- Let your child help you recycle into the different bins you have at home.
- Talk to your child about keeping their bedroom tidy to help keep your home environment nice.
It was Safety Week in school recently. We use the TASC wheel in school so we decided this would be a good week to introduce it to FS2.
We asked the children what they knew about safety and they started to talk about Road Safety. We’d started talking about this on our visit to Build a Bear Workshop and some of the children remembered what we said. We also talked about it more on our visit to the Library.
We asked the children how they wanted to represent their thinking about road safety and how they were going to teach some of the other children what they were learning. There were lots of fabulous ideas, from making cars to traffic light costumes, to making a road safety video. You can see a couple of them here…
Look out in our classroom for the finished products and you can see more in our books.
We also had a visit from some Y3 children who had been on Road Safety sessions. They came to tell us what they had been learning.
We had such a great week and the children really surprised us with their amazing ideas using the TASC wheel. We can’t wait to do another TASC project soon.