From A to B
Transport and travel
THE BIG IDEA
Everyday people all over the world make different types of journeys: land, sea and in the air. To make these journeys we have invented lots of different ways of getting from A to B.
In this 4 week unit, which continues after the summer break, we will be finding out how we travel to school, how to make maps to record our journeys and how we can travel to different countries. In History we will be finding out about transport in the past, how to make a timeline to show when different types of transports were invented. In international, we will be finding out how children around the world travel to school.
Key Learning Goals
1.8: To be able to follow directions
1.10: To be able to make maps and plans of real and imaginary places, using pictures and symbols
1,4: To be able to use keywords and phrases relating to the passing of time
1.5: To be able to order events in a sequence
1.3: Be able to describe plans in pictures and words
1.4: Be able to use simple tools and materials to make products
Building our Knowledge
Throughout this unit we will also be focusing on knowledge based learning targets.
1.6: Know that people can harm or improve the environment
1.1: Know stories about a range of people who have lived in a variety of cultures in the past
1.10: Know that children within the class and school have different home countries
Our International Understanding
Our international goal is 1.4: Be able to respect one another's individuality and independence. The children will achieve this goal through exploring and understanding how people from around the world use different modes of transport and will learn to respect the variety of transport we use in both our home and host countries.
Other Curriculum Areas
Our focus in Maths will be subtraction. We will be learning to do the following -
· Subtract by counting concrete object
· Subtract by counting back.
· Subtract with number bonds. Using the parts and whole concept.
· Understand the symbol ‘-’ and ‘=’.
· Write subtraction sentence.
Solve story problems.
In Writers Workshop, we are going to focus on creating informational books relating to different types of transport around the world.
Children will learn and develop their knowledge on features of information books including contents page, page numbers, headings, sub headings and labels.
In Chinese, we continue to work on Unit 5: My Day
· Learn to tell time
· Learn about day and night and related activities
· Review days of the week
Writing: basic strokes
In Music, we will be learning about musical patterns and using opposites in order to create interesting effect. We will also be developing our singing skills. We will be:
- Using pitched and untuned percussion to learn about musical opposites such as high and low, loud and quiet, hard and soft.
- Developing performing skills in an ensemble
Controlling and exploring the voice using a series of songs title “Tadpole Rag”
Our learning community
The Learning journey is a collaboration between teachers and parents and we know the interest you take in your child’s work.
As we progress through this unit, it would be fantastic if you can help to build the children's knowledge and understanding by discussing the work they are engaged in at school. A few things you can discuss together are:
1. Learning about the history, technology and geography related to transport.
2. Explore and take note of the different transportation you take on the weekends.
3. Have a look at your surroundings and the modes of transport taken in and around your area e.g. boats along the river, bicycles to McRitchie, New MRT stations along the Bukit Timah Road and so on.
4. Think about different forms of transport in your home country. The way you travelled to school as a child, visited relatives or went on outings as a child in your home country.
5. Discuss modes of transport that grandparents may have used when they were young.
Don't forget, this is 4 week unit it and will continue after the summer break. To help scaffold your child's learning over the holiday we will suggest some simple activities you can do involving observations of the modes of transport you may use.
As always the children love having their parents involved in the learning journey. We are keen to hear from you if you have any area of experience that may lend itself to this unit. Please get in touch with your classroom teacher. Also, if you have pictures of information you would like to share, please send it to schools with your child.
Our Entry Point
As part of our exciting entry point, the children will be making their own space rockets and launching them into outer space
We will need film canisters and toilet paper rolls for this entry point and would be very grateful if you could bring them in by next Tuesday!
Our Exit Point
To celebrate the end of this unit, we will be going on an exciting excursion to the Land Transport Gallery in August, where the children will look at the history of transport in Singapore. This excursion will give us an opportunity to look at how modes of transport have changed throughout the years in our host country as well as in other major cities. This relates directly to our learning in History: 1.5: To be able to order events in a sequence Key learning goal.