Winter is here and don't we know it! Barely a day goes by without the wind and the rain getting in our way and although many of us would rather than have lots of beautiful snow, we'd certainly struggle to get around a bit more. While we aren't looking at a snowy winter this year, there's no reason why we can't bring the more magical parts of winter into the classroom.
This month's free classroom display is all about Explorers and their trips to the Arctic and Antarctic, covering both geographical and scientific themes. Activities included this month cover non-chronological reports in English, measuring in Maths, Kandinsky in Art and a whole wealth of Science including thermal insulators and conductors, materials, electricity and the seasons.
The full contents of this month's display download is...
- Full colour heading
- Full colour border
- Research template for English
- Model research templates (x2)
- Writing templates with border (x2)
- Model texts for non-chronological report (x2)
- Lots of full-colour subheadings for individual activities
- Key vocabulary labels
- Length and Weights Templates
- Thermometer Templates (Arctic, Antarctic and Here)
- Penguin and Polar Bear facts
- Science investigation tables
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English: Non-chronological Reports
Many children are fascinated by the Arctic and Antarctic, so it might be that you start your work on the topic in a highly imaginative way. Perhaps you and your class could go on a pretend exploration of the Antarctic and discover a completely new creature, a bit like the Guinlar Gull in our model texts. You can use the model texts supplied to help inspire children to develop their use of language and ideas before filling out their own research templates and reports.
We suggest that you then move on to look at some 'real' animals from the Arctic and Antarctic such as polar bears and penguins. Why not challenge your class to use their reading and ICT skills to find 10 amazing facts about their chosen beasts before recording them on their research templates?
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Measure can be a tricky concept for children to understand without practical consolidation and real-life experiences. At the end of Key Stage 1, children are introduced to standard forms of measure with a focus on vocabulary and comparison. Why not find out weights of different beasts and calculate how many bags of sugar represent their weight?
Allowing children time to handle weights and bags of sugar beforehand will help them develop a practical understanding of kilograms, too. Equally, measuring the lengths of animals using pieces of string will help children make real-life comparisons. For example, the polar bear's string is longer than the penguin's string, so polar bears must be longer.
Although negative numbers don't appear in the curriculum in Year 4, this can be a great way to bring up negative numbers on the thermometer for younger children. Children can be helped to mark on the thermometer where negative numbers sit to represent the different temperatures in the polar regions and at home.
Science: Insulators, Materials, Electricity and Seasons
The Explorers topic provides a whole host of scientific investigations around the concept of properties of materials. So many other ideas could be linked too, such as:
- Thermal insulators and conductors
- How materials change state when heated or cooled
- Electricity and building a lamp for camp with circuits and IT
- Seasonal changes
We decided to investigate properties of materials to find out which material would be the best insulator for a mug of hot chocolate. Please note, this investigation does include hot water and children will need to be supervised when taking the initial temperature readings.
Using a control cup during this experiment will allow children to understand fair testing, and they could then go on to test other materials of their choice.
Kandinsky is a popular artist for primary schools, so we think that he makes a great inspiration for winter jumper designs. With your class, you could use him as a stimulus, perhaps spending one or more sessions looking at his use of colour or shape.
The end piece of work could allow children to choose their own artist as a stimulus and design another jumper or piece of clothing. Can other children then work out which artist ha been used?
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