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Themed Learning in Years 3 & 4

21 February 2014

Themed Learning plays an important part in our teaching and learning at BISS Puxi. Giving children a theme to anchor their work around helps them link different areas of learning and very much increases their engagement with a topic.

Some pictures from Africa Day and Sci-Fi Day

Recently Years 3 and 4 have both had some great fun with themed learning with Africa Day in Year 3 and Science Fiction Day in Year 4. We’ve spoken to some of the Year 3 and 4 teachers and students about the days and took from them.

Year 3 Africa Day

Jacqueline Yan, 3I, tells us a bit about Africa Day.

“On Thursday last week we had Africa day. On Africa day we went to different classes and did different activities. Some were about thinking and some were related to our lessons like art and music. Different teachers did different things: Miss. Taylor did some acting, Miss. Broadbent showed us how to change dirty water into clean water, Mrs. Doherty did some drumming, Miss. Gill did tie dyeing and lastly Mr. Lewis taught us how to do some African Gumboot dancing!  We particularly enjoyed getting messy while tie dying!

Everyone looked great dressed up!  Some people wore an animal costume, some came dressed as villagers in colourful outfits and some were people on safari.  The villagers wore scarves around their heads and long dresses with swirly patterns and bright colors. We learned that their special colours are green, yellow, red, black which all have a meaning for example green means grass and yellow means crops.

We learned lots of facts and had great fun too!”

Charlotte Taylor Year 3 Leader said:

“Africa Day was a great way to get the children really excited about our Africa topic.  In addition to learning facts and having lots of discussions about Africa as part of our Themed Learning curriculum, it enabled the children to be exposed to cultural aspects as well.”

Year 4 Sci-Fi Day

Michelle Hills, Year 4 Leader, explained why they were having a Sci-Fi Day: “The children are leaning about modern explorers at the moment in themed learning and we are about to start the Literacy topic of fantasy worlds.  Most sci-fi stories are based in some reality, i.e. there is a possibility that it COULD actually happen, and so we are exploring!”

Throughout the day there were different activities that all children took part in:

  • Design your own planet
  • Create a min book about astronaut Chris Hadfield
  • Oobleck (It’s a solid/ liquid and very messy!)
  • Finding out about going to the moon – should we go again?!
  • ‘The Day I Met An Alien’ play script writing

"The children loved getting engaged with the Sci-Fi theme and all the activities on the day."



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