Reception Transport: On the Move
Over Land

Let’s use our imaginations and set off over land to explore destinations such as mountains, deserts and icy lands. Explore overland travel using cars, trains and buses. Investigate wheels and make vehicles. What will it be like when you get there? Learn about climates and distant environments.

Session 1 Bikes!

Objectives

Early Learning Goals

  • Know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. Talk about the features of the immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. Make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes
  • Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Planning and Activities

Explore bicycles, the forces causing movement, the constituent parts of a bike and how it all fits together.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate bicycles: which forces cause movement
  • To learn the constituent parts of a bike and their role in making bike work
  • How does it all fit together?

Children will:

  • Identify and name different parts of a bike.
  • Investigate how a bike moves and offer explanations.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Labels: ‘wheel, tyre, spokes, frame, handlebars, brakes, pedal, gears, chain’ and Blu Tack to fasten to bike and/or diagram
  • Borrowed scooter, bikes, go-karts if required
  • Road signs and road crossing
  • Police officer/traffic warden role play outfits
  • Chalk
  • Clip boards and paper, pencils
  • Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake

Session 2 All Aboard the Bus!

Objectives

Early Learning Goals

  • Know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. Talk about the features of the immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.
  • Sing songs, make music and dance and experiment with ways of changing them. Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. Write some irregular common words. Write simple sentences which can be read by you and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
  • Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Planning and Activities

Share knowledge of local bus routes and travelling by bus. Use drawing and writing to record a bus journey or to invent an imaginary bus.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To share knowledge of local bus routes and travelling by bus.
  • To use drawing and writing to record a bus journey or to invent an imaginary bus.

Children will:

  • Talk about the local bus routes and their own experiences of travelling by bus.
  • Learn new vocabulary.
  • Draw a design for an imaginative bus or a bus they have been on and use their phonic knowledge to record ideas, to label or to retell narrative.

You Will Need

  • Flipchart and pens
  • The Bus is for Us! by Michael Rosen
  • Resources for bus role play and pop up bus shape tent
  • Soft toy penguin

Session 3 To The Icy Lands!

Objectives

Early Learning Goals

  • Know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. Talk about the features of the immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.
  • Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match the spoken sounds. Also write some irregular common words. Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
  • Learn about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. Represent own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.
  • Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Planning and Activities

Investigate the polar regions of the planet and research these extreme weather environments with a focus on vehicles, animals and people who work/live there.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate the polar regions of the planet.
  • To research into these extreme weather environments with a focus on vehicles, animals and people who work/live there and to record and explain their findings.

Children will:

  • Investigate the polar regions of the planet and explain what they find out about vehicles, animals and people who work/live in the extreme weather conditions.
  • Record their investigation work in writing, drawing, painting, role-play, building construction kit models.
  • Enjoy the modern classic Penguin Small .

You Will Need

  • Envelope containing letter from Penguin Small
  • Soft toy penguin
  • Penguin Small by Mick Inkpen
  • Collection of information books for research into the Arctic and Antarctic
  • Bus role-play resources
  • The Bus is for Us by Michael Rosen
  • Globe and atlas

Session 4 To the Mountains!

Objectives

Early Learning Goals

  • Know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. Talk about the features of the immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.
  • Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. Also write some irregular common words. Write simple sentences which can be read by you and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
  • Learn about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. Represent own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.
  • Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Planning and Activities

Investigate mountain ranges and find out about vehicles, animals and people who work/live there.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate mountain ranges.
  • To find out about vehicles, animals and people who work/live there.
  • To record and explain their findings.

Children will:

  • Investigate the mountain ranges of the planet and explain what they find out about vehicles, animals and people who work/live in these regions.
  • Record their investigation work in writing, drawing, painting, role-play, movement.
  • Move and mime the bus journey and activities suitable for mountain terrain.

You Will Need

  • Envelope containing a letter from the Billy Goat
  • Soft toy/puppet goat
  • Up and down the Andes by Laurie Krebs
  • Collection of information books for research about mountains
  • Bus role-play resources
  • Globe/atlas
  • The Bus is for Us by Michael Rosen.

Session 5 To the Deserts!

Objectives

Early Learning Goals

  • Know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. Talk about the features of the immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.
  • Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. Also write some irregular common words. Write simple sentences which can be read by you and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
  • Learn about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. Represent own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.
  • Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Planning and Activities

Investigate deserts and find out about vehicles, the animals and the people who work/live there.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate deserts
  • To find out about vehicles, the animals and the people who work/live there
  • To record and explain their findings.

Children will:

  • Investigate deserts and explain their findings - vehicles, animals and people who work/live in these regions.
  • Record their investigation work in writing, drawing, painting, role-play, movement.
  • Move and mime the bus journey and activities suitable for hot, sandy terrain.

You Will Need

  • Envelope with invitation from Alice the Camel
  • Soft toy/puppet camel
  • Collection of information books for research about deserts
  • Bus role-play resources
  • Globe/atlas
  • The Bus is for Us by Michael Rosen

Session 6 To The Jungles!

Objectives

Early Learning Goals

  • Know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. Talk about the features of the immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.
  • Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. Also write some irregular common words. Write simple sentences which can be read by you and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
  • Learn about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. Represent own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.
  • Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Planning and Activities

Investigate the tropical rainforest regions of the planet and research into the weather environments with a focus on vehicles, animals and people who work/live there.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate the tropical rainforest regions of the planet
  • To research into the weather environments with a focus on vehicles, animals and people who work/live there
  • To record and explain their findings.

Children will:

  • Investigate rainforests and explain their findings - vehicles, animals and people who work/live in these regions.
  • Record their investigation work in writing, drawing, painting, role-play, building construction kit models.
  • Move and mime the journey and activities suitable for dense forest tracks.

You Will Need

  • Envelope containing a letter from Howie Monkey
  • Soft toy monkey
  • Over in the Jungle by M Berkes
  • Collection of information books for research into Rainforests
  • Bus role-play resources

Session 7 Create a vehicle!

Objectives

Early Learning Goals

  • Know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials, living things. Talk about the features of the immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.
  • Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. Also write some irregular common words. Write simple sentences which can be read by you and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
  • Express yourself effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. Use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. Develop own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
  • Sing songs, make music and dance and experiment with ways of changing them. Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • Learn about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. Represent own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology.

Planning and Activities

Use a shoebox to create a vehicle and select a climate to visit. Design any adaptations that may be needed and write a list of necessary supplies required.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To use a shoebox to create a vehicle
  • To select a climate to visit, design any adaptations that may be needed and write a list of necessary supplies required.

Children will:

  • Create a vehicle using a shoebox, wheels and axles.
  • Design any adaptations that may be needed to the vehicle for a specific environment.
  • Demonstrate their understanding of that environment’s climate by listing the necessary supplies required.

You Will Need

  • A shoe box for each child (request chn to bring OR contact local shoe shop)
  • Enough wheels for each box to have (at least 4) and enough axles for each box to have (at least 2)
  • Sharp bradawl *requires adult supervision
  • Paper for designs and lists
  • Paints, crayons and paper
  • The Bus is for Us! by Michael Rosen