The overarching theme for this term is “Our Wonderful World”, in Foundation Stage our starting point is a story called “A balloon for Grandad” by Nigel Gray. The balloon travels around the world and by the end of the week we pretend it has landed in a jungle.
Our environment will reflect the jungle theme, the children will be finding out what a jungle setting is like and will explore texture and colour to create their own jungle setting. We will create a jungle camp encouraging children to become intrepid explorers. They will think about what they will need to take to keep themselves safe and use the outdoor environment to create jungle journeys both in school and during Forest School sessions.
We will be learning about the natural world by finding out about some wild animals, naming some key features and looking at similarities and differences. We will read about the caterpillar lifecyle and watch them grow and change first hand. We will also look at seeds, plant them and watch them grow and change over time.
Our visit this term will be to Severn Valley Country Park where the children can experience being in a forest (jungle). They will also catch and study insects in our environment.
Throughout the term we will read lots of stories relating to jungle plants and animals and we will have a role play vets where we can practise our reading, writing, speaking and listening. The children will develop their mathematical skills of number, shape, space and measure through structured play experiences with jungle animals and in the environment.