Term Projects

Project for 2-3 Year Old Classes  – “Animals: The Weird and the Wonderful”

This term we will be exploring animals in all their weird and wonderful glory! Using our senses, we will explore the sheer variety of animals which exist, as well as touching upon our wonderful relationship with them through their representation in stories and festivals, namely: The Chinese New Year.

Much of our project will develop skills which serve as a basis for future learning. As well as developing vocabulary and learning new information, the children will be refining their fine and gross motor skills, as well as their powers of observation: extending their visual and auditory discrimination.
Comparing and contrasting are foundations of critical thinking and through their activity, the children will begin to develop their grouping, pairing and sequencing skills- which serve as a foundation for mathematics.
Through identifying similar features in skin and appearance and how similarities allow us to group animals together, we will introduce classification. This will prepare us for future exercises in the classification of animal and plant kingdoms.

Through their activity the children will begin to develop an awareness of the Earth as a sphere that is made of land, water and air. Sensorial impressions will be emphasised and the children will begin to connect geography with biology.

Furthermore, through our project we will examine how information is retrieved through both books and information technology.

Wherever possible we will also use topics as a basis to explore letters and their sounds (for example, in naming animals we will emphasise the beginning sound and pairing it with its corresponding Montessori Sand Paper letter).

Throughout, we will enjoy using the nursery rhymes, songs and games which include animals, for example, “Old Macdonald”, “5 little Monkeys”, “10 little ducks”, “The Sleeping Bunnies” and “What’s the Time Mr Wolf?”

Topics we will cover include:

14/01 and 21/01 – Animal Skins:
Through texture and colour, we will examine differences in animal skin. For example, fur, scales, feathers, slime and different colours. We will also go on to investigate the wonder of camouflage!
Through use of matching activities to name animals, group them and perhaps pair them with their skins, we will introduce grouping and pairing exercise as a basis for future learning.

Montessori knowledge and understanding of the world materials:
– Animal Families
– Matching and Pairing objects with cards.
– Matching and Pairing picture cards.

Montessori sensorial materials:
– Touch boards and tablets
– Colour Box 2
– Colour Box 3

Arts and Crafts materials:
– Making a Polar bear
– Lizard Camouflage

28/01 and 04/02 – The Chinese New Year:
Delighting the imagination through our representation of animals in story, drama and dance we will explore and celebrate the Chinese New Year.
This will also introduce an appreciation of cultural difference and the use of story and festivals to celebrate different beliefs.
Knowledge and understanding of the world materials:
– Objects in celebration of The Chinese new Year

Story books.

Props and Finger puppets for dramatization and dance

Videos on the computer showing:
– Story of Chinese New Year
– Lion and Dragon dances
– Children in celebration of Chinese New Year

Arts and Crafts materials:
– Making Finger Puppets of our “Born Year” Animal

11/02 – Calls of the Wild Part One:
We will explore the variety of animals from the farm and beyond, through the wonderful and weird sounds they make! Through our explorations we will not only develop our auditory discrimination and associated vocabulary (for example, loud, quiet, low and high), but will also develop our auditory memory and pairing skills (for example, through pairing the correct sound with its associated animal).

We will also further our exploration of sound through pairing the animals (the beginning sounds in their names) and the sounds that they make, with their corresponding Montessori Sand Paper letters.
Montessori literacy materials:
– Sand Paper Letters

Montessori sensorial materials:
– Sound Cylinders

Videos on Computer showing the various calls of different animals.

Props and Finger puppets for dramatization.

Arts and Crafts materials:
– Squeaky Sock mice Puppets
or
– Rattle-Snake sock Puppets
or
– Animal masks

18/02 HALF-TERM

25/ – Calls of the Wild Part Two:
This will be a recap of what we learnt during the first week and a continuation through the topic (see detailed in Part One) to completion.

04/03 and 11/03 – Life Cycles:
Through exploring the life cycles of common animals, focusing on a Frog and a Chicken, we will become familiar with the progression of life itself- a true wonder!
We will also develop a better understanding of animal life and begin to develop sequencing skills (which serves as future preparation in later mathematics), as well as further developing our pairing skills.

Montessori knowledge and understanding of the world materials:
– Life cycle pairing cards

Videos on computer of Chicken and Frog life cycles.

Arts and Crafts materials:
– Group activity: Clay-modelling of Frog life cycle

18/03 and 25/03 – Adaptation:
We will introduce the concept of “adaptation” through the basic exploration of how some animals are adapted towards moving in their particular environments, namely:
– the land and legs
– the air and feathers
– the water and fins.

Montessori knowledge and understanding of the world materials:
– Land, Air and Water jars
– Land and Water Globe

Videos on Computer showing animals in action on land, in the air and in water.

Arts and Crafts materials:
– Junk Modelling:
Making an animal that moves upon the land, in the air or in water

– Sticking our own decorated Dogs on a brown-soil (land) background

– Sticking our own Decorated Birds on a blue sky (air) background

– Sticking our own decorated Fish on a blue ocean (water) background

01/04 – Recap and Animal Fun!!
Summing up the term’s project through discussion, stories, songs, activities and games.
For example:
– We will have an “Animal Dress-Up day”
– We will use Junk Modelling to make our favourite animals
– We will make up animal dances (in spirit of the Dragon Dance from Chinese New Year) Arts and Crafts materials

Story Books

Videos on Computer.


Project for the White Class – Space Exploration

1- The Earth, the Sun and Moon

Week one:
– Looking at Earth from space
– The Earth’s formation
– Why is there life on Earth?
– Why is there day and night?
– Earth’s orbit
– How the Earth spins around the Sun
– The atmosphere

Week two:
– The Moon (the Earth’s closest companion)
– The Moon cycle
– Review from previous week

Week three:
– The Sun
– The importance of the sun
– Review from previous weeks

2- The Solar System

Week four:
– Mercury and Venus
– Review from previous weeks

Week five:
– Earth and Mars
– Review from previous weeks

Week six:
– Holiday school
Week seven:
– Jupiter and Saturn
– Review from previous weeks

Week eight:
– Uranus and Neptune
– Review from previous weeks

3- Space travel and Astronauts

Week nine:
– Famous Astronauts
– Spacecraft
– Rockets
– Space shuttle
– Moon landing
– Review from previous weeks

4- Life in space

Week ten:
– Training for space life
– The international space station
– Space suits
– Review from previous weeks

Week eleven:
– Food in space
– Spacewalk
– Experiments in space
– Review from previous weeks

Week twelve:
– Revision week


Project for The Garden Class and Front Class – All About Me

Learning about ourselves is a fundamental part of childhood development. The preschool years are a time of exploration and discovery, and filled with learning about what makes us unique.

Topic Resources:
Week 1 – Me
The children learn about themselves, their family, their friends, their home, their school, the community in which they live, the people who help us and British values. We talk about the human body and the five senses, along with how we can stay healthy. We will explore how to respect each others’ thoughts, ideas and feelings and will address skills and concepts that are important in growing up, such as: recognising our written name, learning about emotions and personal hygiene (e.g. brushing our teeth).We will engage the children through the six areas of learning: Literacy, maths, science, practical life, knowledge and understanding of the world, self-care, grace and courtesy. Most of all, knowing that everyone is unique and special.

‘A child is both hope and promise to the world’, Maria Montessori.

Montessori practical life resources that foster care of self.

Montessori practical life resources that encourage a sense of community and belonging.

Week 2 – My Five Senses
We use them every day to get to know and understand the world around us.
We will look at the five senses — seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching, explaining each of the five senses in detail and giving children opportunities to explore with them. They will be using science, sensorial  and practical life materials, to support their learning.

Montessori coloured boxes.
Montessori sound boxes.
Montessori touch boards and tablets.

Week 3 – My House (Where do I live)
A house thematic unit will help children learn about their own homes and they will carry out activities that will help them understand their place in the world, starting in their home and finishing with their place in the universe. This unit is designed to give children a basic understanding of where they are located in relation to the world. They will be introduced to concepts such as street, neighbourhood, city, country, continent, planet.

Montessori coloured globe.
Montessori puzzle map of the world.

Week 4 – My community
Our community is full of people who help us and we will give the children an awareness of who these people are, so that they feel more comfortable and confident when they come across them – from fire fighters to nurses, doctors, police officers, shopkeepers, postmen/women, etc., to their very own teacher. We all know what challenging jobs parents have too. We have selected a range of imaginative activities, learning through literacy, stories, songs, art, role-play, math, knowledge and understanding, sensory, practical life and grace and courtesy.

Montessori practical life resources that
encourage a sense of community and belonging.

Week 5 –  RECAP

Half Term

Week 6 – My Body
This lesson is a great way to learn about our body parts and what each body part does and how to use them. We will experiment with how to use the different parts of our bodies, discovering just how much we can actually do with them.

Montessori Cultural
Subject resources.

Week 7 – My Health
We will be teaching the children how to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits for life.  We will learn about fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods and dairy and how they contribute to a healthy eating style and together provide the nutrients our bodies need. We will also talk about why we need to limit the amount of added sugars, sodium, and saturated fat in meals, drinks, and snacks.

Montessori Cultural

Week 8 – I am a first aider
During this unit, children will receive first aid education. They will learn what first aid is, why it is important, how to stay safe and how help others. Using a combination of interactive activities, film scenarios, information sheets and quizzes, we aim to empower children to look after themselves and each other.

British Red Cross, teacher resources.

Week 9 RECAP

Week 10 – My Values
Equality: This week we will be focusing on the idea of democracy:
We will be discussing what democracy is and why it is important to treat each other and our opinions equally. We will talk about the way democracy is encouraged (through voting) and we will help the children understand that we all have the power and responsibility to make decisions. We will encourage this by: taking daily votes to see what children should be chosen to do with regard to specific classroom jobs and  playing games focusing on turn-taking, sharing and collaboration.

Montessori Cultural

Week 11 – My Values and Rules

In this week we will be focusing on the concept of rules:
• We will be discussing what rules are and the importance of having them.
• How rules are created through democracy.
• How to distinguish right from wrong.
We will encourage this by:
• Work on creating our own rules and codes of behaviour.
• Playing games which focus and emphasise importance of rules and respect of our environment.

Montessori Cultural

 

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