Summer term - Ground, Air, Water
Jack and the Beanstalk
To begin our exciting topic for the summer term, we will be basing our learning on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. It is a well known fiction text and will introduce the children to life on the ground and in the air. The continuous provision will be based on this story as well as the children having the chance to grow their own cress in the Nursery.
After this exciting start to the term, we will the move our focus to life underground. This will include investigating bugs in the soil, describing the garden space and digging up soil with roots and mini beasts. The story called Jasper’s Beanstalk will be read to help our children to learn how we care for a bean/seed in the ground. Each child will be able to plant a seed of their own outside to show their understanding of how to care for the new life.
On the Ground
There will be two main themes to look into on the ground. Firstly, we will learn about a number of common animals and mini beasts that we have in our local area. This will include a mini-beast hunt, using magnifying glasses and how we care for these animals and their habitats. The second theme is that of vehicles. We will take a careful look at the vehicles that pass our school gates, learn about basic road signs and compare old and new vehicles. Artwork, construction and writing will all link into these two areas.
Our learning will take off and send us into the air. The main text that we will read together will be The Dragon Balloon. It will give our children the chance to learn how to summarise a short story in their own words and to order the main events. We will also be learning about animals and insects that we find in the air in the local area. Very special birds will also be learnt through art, ICT and discussions. One fun challenge will seeing who can take care of their balloon without it popping. We will see who can keep their balloon safe the longest.
On the Water
There will be another split in the learning here. Firstly, how to keep safe around water [ponds/rivers/lakes] as we learn about animals found there. This will be followed by the different types of boats that travel on the water. The children will have the chance to build their own boat, get their hands wet in play/investigations and to learn about why we need water for life to continue.
Under the Water
We will be closing the term by learning about the fascinating world under the sea. The main text will be Commotion in the Ocean. It will allow the children to learn about words that rhyme and how to generate their own rhyming couplets. Alongside this text, we will be exploring the wide range of animals that live under the water. This will include fishes, whales, sharks, starfishes and a few others. There will be a chance to learn about shipwrecks at the bottom of the oceans and how animals use them to live and survive.