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Topic work 4-5-20

Topic 1

Expressive Arts and Design

  • They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.
  • Begins to build a repertoire of songs and dances.
  • Explores the different sounds of instruments.

Make sounds in different ways, including hitting, blowing and shaking.

Make a simple rain stick using cardboard tubes and fillers such as dried peas, rice or pasta. Decorate the rain sticks using paint, ribbon or by wrapping in coloured papers.

What interesting rain sounds can you make with your stick and body (clicking fingers, clapping hands, and stamping)? Explore volume and intensity by playing individually and with your family. Create the sounds of different levels of rain from raindrops or drizzle to shower and downpour.

Encourage the children to experiment with body sounds, clicking fingers, clapping hands, and stamping feet, getting louder and faster.

EYFS  play their rain stick along with some of the rain nursery rhymes attached below.

Go to: - this is a good one and it works, however there are others on Pinterest if you have matchsticks or nails - please make sure you supervise your child should you opt for a rainmaker with nails!


Topic 2

Expressive art & design

  • Explores what happens when they mix colours.
  • Create simple representations of events, people and objects.
  • Responds to feelings, ideas and experiences.
  • Chooses particular colours to use for a purpose.

Early Learning Goal

  • Children s safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour.
  • Children use what they have learnt about media in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through  art.

Apply paint using a range of tools (e.g large brushes, hands, feet, rollers, pads).

Look at and talk about the  paintings showing different types of weather (see powerpoint). Look for clues to the season and weather  and refer back to their own experiences to explain their reasoning. Describe how the painting makes them feel.


1.Paint their own picture of the weather outside.


2. Choose one of the artists’ pictures and copy it.


Topic 3

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Early Learning Goal

  • Children know about similarities and differences in relation to objects, materials and living things.
  • They talk about the features of their own immediate environment.
  • They make observations and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Play with sponges in a water bath/paddling pool/bucket etc, watching the sponge absorb the water and squeezing it, when heavy with water, to make a rain shower. Use simple weather vocabulary to explain their play for example, rain, clouds, shower, storm and droplets. Can they remember what the word absorb means? Can they think of anything else which may absorb water?

Offer other play equipment that reinforces the concept of clouds full of water droplets such as small plastic bags with tiny holes, colanders and different sized sponges.


Extension task – this is optional but fun

This works really well but does take some time and patience but shows absorbency really well – The walking water experiment!!!

See the experiment below or if you want to do a super version:

You can do it with several cups/glasses like this one :


Topic 4

Understanding the World - Technology

  • Completes a simple program on a computer.
  • Uses ICT hardware to interact with age-appropriate computer software.

Early Learning Goal

  • Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools.
  • They select and use technology for particular purposes.

Dress the teddy  choose a season and dress the teddy for that season – repeat for other seasons

this one helps dress an alien for different weathers - go to this page and look for Dressing Leckie – they may also find it funny to dress him in the wrong clothes!