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understanding day and night for reception

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by scaredstudentteacher, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. I want to start some lessons in the area of measures: understanding day and night. I initially want to perhaps look at sorting pictures and sequencing but I don't have any guidance. What would you do give the simple title of understanding day and night while working with 5yr olds?
  2. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    I would start simply - day the sun is in the sky night the moon and stars then ask what they might do in the day - go to school - play in the park - go for a walk and at night - sleep. Draw a picture for each
  3. There are lots of nice books that might help with this;
    I've just picked up Night Monkey, Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson (buy 2 get 1free at WH Smiths); I also like Cant Sleep Little Bear (by the otherwise abhorred Martin Wadell) and Fireflies by Eric Carle. The stories are a good prompt for talking around the topic and assessing children's current knowledge as well as being a good starting point for building and consolidating ideas around the topic. Also a good 'bear cave' or some such role play with pillows, blankets and torches is always fun.
    I love this topic although I usually do it in Autumn when I can link it with Bonfire nIght and Diwalli and the childern are actually getting a chance to experience the dark because it's dark by teatime.
  4. @ reply number 1, I delivered lesson1 along those lines so thanks for the ideas :)

    @ the quoter poster.. I really like the role play area and other suggestions :D thanks. very creative.

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