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There are some outdoor learning activities that just work brilliantly. They can be standalones that get repeated with different groups or at different times of year, or starting points for learning that leap off into many different directions. Colour palettes are a particular favourite – try the activity in its purest form, or have a go at some of the alternatives/extensions. Differentiated accordingly the activities are suitable for early years upwards. With thanks to the Eden Project for allowing us to share their resource. For more equally inspirational lesson plans written by them please visit http://www.edenproject.com/learn/schools/lesson-plans.
- Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
- Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
- Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.
- Learn about great artists, architects and designers in history
- Year 1
- Participate in discussion about what is read to them, taking turns and listening to what others say
- Read aloud their writing clearly enough to be heard by their peers and the teacher.
- write sentences by composing a sentence orally before writing it
- write sentences by re-reading what they have written to check that it makes sense
- Write sentences by saying out loud what they are going to write about
- Year 2
- Consider what they are going to write before beginning by encapsulating what they want to say, sentence by sentence
- Consider what they are going to write before beginning by planning or saying out loud what they are going to write about
- Consider what they are going to write before beginning by writing down ideas and/or key words, including new vocabulary
- Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by continuing to build up a repertoire of poems learnt by heart, appreciating these and reciting some, with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear
- Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by listening to, discussing and expressing views about a wide range of contemporary and classic poetry, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read ind
- Participate in discussion about books, poems and other works that are read to them and those that they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say
- Read aloud what they have written with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear.
- Year 3 and 4 (Age 7-9)
- Assess effectiveness, and suggest improvements, for their own and others’ writing.
- Discuss and record ideas.
- Discuss texts similar to their planned pieces of writing, in order to understand and learn from them
- Discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination.
- Listen to and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction, reference books or textbooks.
- Prepare poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, using intonation, tone, volume and action.
- Read aloud their own writing, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear.
- Year 5 and 6 (Age 9-11)
- Assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing.
- Continue to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks.
- Discuss and evaluate how authors use language, considering the impact on the reader.
- Perform their own compositions, using appropriate intonation, volume, and movement so that meaning is clear.
- Prepare poems and plays to read aloud and perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that meaning is clear to an audience.