Reception Transport: On the Move
Over Water

Have you ever travelled over water? Have you been in a paddleboat, rowing boat, barge, ship or yacht? Have you travelled over a pond, canal, river or the sea? Investigate floating and sinking and making your own model boats. Go on sailing role-play adventures, in role as pirates. Listen to the water adventures of Mr Gumpy, Mrs Armitage, the Owl and the Pussycat and make up your own stories and sea shanties.

Session 1 Water adventures

Objectives

Early Learning Goals

  • Listen attentively in a range of situations. Listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what is heard with relevant comments, questions or actions.
  • Represent own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, role-play and stories.
  • Be confident when speaking in a familiar group, talk about ideas, and choose the resources needed for chosen activities.

Planning and Activities

Explore, experiment and describe water.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To listen to stories and answer questions about them
  • To explore, experiment & describe water

Children will:

  • Describe how water feels, looks and moves.
  • Create a water poem.
  • Ask questions and use good reasoning to explain answers.
  • Use play experiences to explore and extend learning.

You Will Need

  • Bowl
  • Cup and water
  • Water trays
  • Containers
  • Blue glitter
  • Phase 3 sound mat
  • Tracing paper
  • Different shaped paper to make books
  • Owl and cat teddies
  • Small world resources
  • Washing up liquid
  • Dolls
  • Sponges

Session 2 Journey over water

Objectives

Early Learning Goals

  • Listen attentively in a range of situations. Listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what is heard with relevant comments, questions or actions.
  • Follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Planning and Activities

Enjoy a story and make predictions. Talk with confidence about experiences of boats and then make a model boat.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To enjoy a story and make predictions.
  • To talk with confidence about their experiences of boats.
  • To make model boats.

Children will:

  • Make a model boat.
  • Talk in full sentences and add descriptions to answers.
  • Recognise and discuss types of water transport.
  • Listen, enjoy and respond to a story.

You Will Need

  • Construction bricks
  • Blue fabric and blue paper
  • 2 water trays
  • Containers
  • Blue glitter
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Foil
  • Material
  • Lolly sticks
  • Children’s fishing rods
  • Plastic cups and plates
  • Plastic food
  • Items to float and sink
  • 2D shapes

Session 3 Journey under water

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.
  • Represent ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, role-play and stories.
  • Be confident when speaking in a familiar group, talk about ideas, and choose the resources needed for chosen activities.
  • Express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.

Planning and Activities

Learn about sea creatives and epxlore how they move.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To learn about sea creatures and explore how they move

Children will:

  • Recognise and name some animals that live under the sea.
  • Use play experiences to explore and extend learning about sea creatures.
  • Respond creatively to music.

You Will Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Under the sea role-play equipment: flippers, googles, wet suits, snorkel, treasure box filled with sparkly treasures
  • Clear plastic bowls
  • Trays
  • Water
  • Sand
  • Rocks
  • Shells
  • Plastic sea creatures
  • Collage materials
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glitter

Session 4 Journey with Pirates

Objectives

Early Learning Goals

  • Sing songs and make music, and experiment with ways of changing them.
  • Represent ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, role-play and stories.
  • Listen attentively in a range of situations. Listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what is heard with relevant comments, questions or actions.
  • Express yourself effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. Develop own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

Planning and Activities

Learn and adapt sea shanty songs and invent your own stories.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To learn and adapt sea shanty songs.
  • To invent own stories.
  • To take part in a whole class role-play.

Children will:

  • Learn and adapt sea shanties.
  • Make puppets to create own songs and stories.
  • Use role-play to explore the theme pirates.

You Will Need

  • Plastic coins
  • Children’s telescope
  • Plastic letters (phase 2 sounds)

Session 5 Sea Shanties: performing to an audience

Objectives

Early Learning Goals:

  • Sing songs and make music, and experiment with ways of changing them.
  • Represent ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, role-play and stories.
  • Listen attentively in a range of situations. Listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.
  • Express effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. Develop narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

Planning and Activities

Discover musical accompaniment to songs and invent stories to perform to an invited audience.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To add musical accompaniment to songs
  • To invent own stories and perform to an invited audience.

Children will:

  • Accompany songs with musical instruments and actions.
  • Perform to an audience.
  • Adapt sea shanties.
  • Use puppets and small world figures to create own stories.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Musical instruments
  • Small world boat and people
  • Lego
  • Shiny blue paper
  • Sand
  • Water
  • Shells
  • Sparkly objects such as coloured stones for buried treasure
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Paper cups
  • Large tray
  • Pirate costumes
  • Hats
  • Eye patches
  • Parrot puppets from session 4