This half term the children will explore their school or home environment using first-hand observation and experience to enhance their awareness along with essential map skills and fieldwork.
Introduce and explain the 4 compass directions (N,S,E,W) and the purpose of a compass and model how to use one. Ask: What is a compass? Why might we need a compass? Who might use one?
Display NESW on large paper signs outside . Children move around the correct direction by listening to commands. E.g. Move to North, tiptoe to South, walk sideways to West. Vary the instructions and ways children move to the correct location.
What Is an Aerial View? Define and explain aerial view (birds eye view) using the
human and physical photographs in the Lesson Presentation. What does the
What do you notice? Where do you think this photograph was taken?
What Is an Aerial Plan? Show the picture of an aerial plan of a classroom and highlight the key features: Plan view, colour, title and you could include use of a key. What do you notice about the plan? What features (special things) can you see? How could we draw a plan? Why might a plan be useful?
Reception: Using small world play toys like animals, cars, duplo etc. make a small imaginary place or room. For example using dolls house furniture in a room, or animals in a field or cars in a garage etc. Ask your child to stand directly above it and say that they can see an aerial view of what they have made, they are looking down from the air at a place. Work together, or show them how to draw a picture of the aerial plan of their creation.
Year 1 and Year 2 Together create an aerial plan of the room you are in, model drawing an aerial plan including the key features such as a carpet area, tables/chairs, reading area, whiteboard; demonstrate use of a title, key and colour code. Children contribute ideas for the aerial plan.
Year 1 Draw an aerial plan of a small area of a room you are in or near to. Label the features and give the aerial plan a title. Label the aerial plan with compass points too.
Year 2 Draw an aerial plan of a room you are in or near to. Make a key for certain features of the room, for example a square shape for a chair, a rectangle for a table, etc. Label the key and give the aerial plan a title. Add compass points to the aerial plan too. Use the ‘Plan of my classroom activity sheet’.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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