Our School and Local Area
Our Homes

Children use the poem ‘My House’ to think about their home, and then the other types of buildings in the locality; if they were to build their own home like the 3 Little Pigs had to, what materials would they use?

Session 1 My house

Objectives

English

  • Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by: Listening to and discussing a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction.
  • Linking to own experiences.
  • Recognize simple recurring literacy language in stories and poetry.

Geography

  • Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study key human and physical features of their homes and surrounding environment.

Teaching and Activities

Use the poem by Moria Andrews to focus on children’s homes. Children write own poem to compile into Class Book. Think about other types of buildings and set up Estate Agent role play area. Mystery – was that a Little Pig?

Teaching Outcomes
To identify the pattern in a poem and create similar patterned poems based on their homes.

Children will:

  • Learn that some poems have a pattern rather than rhyme.
  • Identify aspects of grammar - preposition, verb, noun.
  • Make interesting and inventive language choices to compose poem, ‘My Home’ using model ‘My House’.
  • Classify different types of homes: role play area - estate agent.

You Will Need

  • My House by Moria Andrew
  • Simple outline of house drawn on flip chart
  • Marker pens
  • Toy pig from Three Little Pigs story sack

Session 2 Where do you live?

Objectives

Geography

  • Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study key human and physical features of their homes and surrounding environment.

Teaching and Activities

Use Google earth and hand drawn map of the local area around the school to locate homes and significant local buildings. Mystery - was that a second Little Pig?

Teaching Outcomes
To learn your own address and locate your home on a map.

Children will:

  • Become more familiar with their locality.
  • Build up a map of locality and locate their own home on map.
  • Learn their address including postcode.
  • Write letter to someone at home and post.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Small sticky label for each child
  • Large hand drawn map of local area
  • Felt tip pens
  • Letter writing paper, envelope and stamp for each child
  • Each address for each child to copy
  • Toy pig from Three Little Pigs story sack

Session 3 I-Spy around my locality

Objectives

Geography

  • Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.
  • Use simple compass directions and locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map.

History

  • Learn about significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Teaching and Activities

Learn significant places in the locality and draw routes to show how to reach them from our homes. Mystery Little Pig inserts his route into plenary!

Teaching Outcomes
To create a plan of route from school to home including points of local interest and give directions to journey along that route.

Children will:

  • Use local resources to investigate specific historical and/or geographical features of Our Locality.
  • Draw routes from home to significant places.
  • Use directional language.
  • Use simple points on a compass.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Map created in session 2
  • A3 paper for each child to draw their route
  • Key word cards – right, left, forwards, backwards, north, south, east, west
  • Small world person for each child
  • Toy pig ideally from Three Little Pigs story sack

Session 4 It's the Three Little Pigs!

Objectives

English

  • Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by: listening to and discussing a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction.
  • Linking to own experiences.
  • Becoming very familiar with traditional tales, retelling and joining in with predictable phrases.
  • Recognize simple recurring literacy language in stories and poetry.

Science

  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.
  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials.
  • Describe the simple physical properties of everyday materials.

Teaching and Activities

Ah, no longer a mystery! It was The Three Little Pigs! Use this well-known Traditional Tale to investigate local building materials and those used around the world.

Teaching Outcomes
To investigate building materials, including local traditional crafts and those used around the world.

Children will:

  • Retell traditional tale ‘The Three Little Pigs’.
  • Construct model homes using various everyday materials; investigate properties of these materials.
  • Investigate building materials used in locality – flint, stone, brick, wood; suggest reasons why chosen.
  • Research natural materials used around the world for building construction.
  • Use conclusions to design an ideal home to withstand the wolf’s attack
  • Write estate agent’s description (assessment activity).

You Will Need

  • Three Little Pigs story sack and book
  • Information books such as: Homes Around the World by Max Moore; Home by Kate Petty Oxfam; Stanley the Builder by William Bee
  • Key word labels: properties, strong, waterproof, rigid, firm, soft, absorbent, flexible
  • Construction workers’ high visibility jackets and helmets
  • Collage materials: sticks, straws, paper rectangles representing bricks, construction sets and wooden bricks
  • Materials for science investigations: paper, marshmallows, kebab sticks, sugar cubes, clay
  • Paper and wax crayons for rubbings
  • Squeezable bottles to recreate huffing and puffing