Our welcome topic is based upon the ‘The Book of Hopes’ in particular ‘The Hope-o-potamus’ by Greg James and Chris Smith. It allows the children to settle back into the classroom and recap basic skills from Reception.
This process will allow us to revise certain skills and build a foundation, which will enhance the deeper learning skills through our main topic ‘Traditional Tales’ and ‘Fairy Tales.’
Look at how much fun we had during our first two days in Year 1:
We have studied:
- animals in Africa and how to count them
- the globe and existing maps of Africa
We have created:
- post cards
- travel brochures
- weather forecasts
I have planned for this welcome experience to develop into an enhanced scheme of work where the children can use the same structured activities to create a ‘Far Far Away Tourist Information Centre.’ Therefore, they can provide information on visiting the ‘Three Little Pigs’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ by producing their own maps, leaflets, travel brochures and postcards.