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When we 'did' this we asked everyone to bring in their favourite toy animal and we found out where they lived, what they ate etc - it was a really good introduction to looking at maps and led to interesting conversations about climate and landscape. We got lots of maths from this too - grouping the animals into land/sea, mountains/lowlands etc

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The educational programme is quite broad - is it the physical world or their community you are focusing on?

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Sorry should have said - its more the physical world. In particular the statement below.

I am learning to notice and talk about similarities and differences between places/objects/materials/ plants and plants

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Sorry should have said - its more the physical world. In particular the statement below.

I am learning to notice and talk about similarities and differences between places/objects/materials/ plants and plants

There's still a huge amount in that I'd say!! you've got the natural world and the physical world (materials), plus the geographical elements of place!

 

Places: Take photos of the areas around the setting and then get the children to sort them according to their own criteria.Discuss different places they know that might be very different (especially if they travel to visit family for example.) look at picture books that have a different setting or a changing setting such as The train ride and explore what differences they can see.

 

Materials: examine different properties and challenge their concepts e.g a breeze block will float! develop vocabulary of materials,

 

Natural world - use a sorting tree to examine different leaves, forest schoolis good for this if you do it?

 

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Hi Skippy

 

What about looking/comparing objects- their toys- plastic, wooden, metal, those that need batteries to make them go, those that you have to wind up, push/pull to make them move etc

 

Role-play dolls/ sorting clothes for hot/cold weather

 

Cover a box with different textured materials to compare -sandpaper, silk, wool, leather etc.

 

Small world - Pet animals/ safri/jungle hot, north pole/artic/ cold pola bears, penguins etc. Dinosaurs similar but some eat meat, others eat plants,

 

Dried/ cooked spaghetti.

Water/ice

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