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under5s - ourselves

This theme covers the physical and emotional characteristics - our bodies, emotions and environment - that make us the loveable individuals that we are.


Emotions are feelings - happy, sad, angry - ask the children how they are feeling - use the book 
'Titch' by Pat Hutchins  to introduce the notion of feelings

We cannot see or touch our emotions so how do we express them ?

verbally - shouting in anger, sobbing or laughing 

physically - banging the table, crying, and smiling

Facial expressions are very useful in helping to determine how somone feels - ask the children to pull happy, sad and angry faces.

Here are some pictures of different facial expressions to print out and colour in

We have included some photographs of faces to put in a display of facial emotions.

Ask the children to paint pictures of happy, sad and angry people to add to your display.

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Here is a smiley face and some circles for younger children to complete to express their own feelings 

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Physical Characteristics
Using mirrors ask the children to paint portraits of themselves. If you do not have any mirrors ask the children to paint portraits of each other. 

Make hand and foot prints with paint and paper  (why not join in yourself) - compare the size of the hand and foot prints - who has the biggest hands and feet and who has the smallest ?  Put the prints  in size order.

Make a display of the portraits and hand/foot prints.

On a large sheet of paper draw an outline of each child and then let them colour in their own faces and clothes. 

Stick a long strip of paper on a wall and use it to chart the height of each child - stand the child against the paper and rule off the top of their head with a pencil or crayon and write their name against the line. Who is the tallest ? If you repeat this exercise every few months you can chart how quickly each child is growing.

Line the children up in order of height.

What are the different parts of our body called - 

Use rhymes such as 'One Finger, One Thumb', and 'The Skeleton Song - The Head Bone's Connected to the Neck Bone etc....' to teach the children what the different parts of the body are called.

Here are some pictures of parts of the body to help - either put them on the wall or use them as flash cards.
It is a PDF file so you know what to do

Parts of the Body (673k)

Count parts of the body -

How many eyes, hands, feet, fingers and thumbs do we have ?

Where do I come from ?

Make a family tree -  draw a large outline of a tree and stick the children's family tree to it, you  can ask parents to help with this activity.

Ask the children to draw pictures of their family.

Use an atlas or large map to identify the different parts of the country/world in which the children were born.

Where do I live ?

Draw a simple map of the route from home to the setting

Help the children to explore the area in which they live by taking photographs of local parks and play areas and/or pay a visit to them.

Ask the children to build model houses with wooden bricks or duplo.

Teach the children to recognise their own name in writing -

use magnetic letters to spell out each child's name

write the child's name in yellow felt tip and let them trace over it.

under5s - ourselves
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