The major topic work for our 8th week of schooling evolved around the world around us.
We tackled topics like the universe, with particular focus on our solar system and our own planet.
The children learnt that way beyond the dark blue sky which we see every night there are billions of stars which form galaxies.
Our world along with another seven planets and the sun is but a small speck in one of these galaxies. This group of planets makes up what we call our solar system.
The Solar System
The children learnt that the sun is in the middle of these planets. It is like a ball of fire and the eight planets go around it getting the heat and energy they need to exist.
They got to know of a ninth planet called Pluto which is now considered as a dying planet. It is the smallest planet furthest away from the sun so it does not get enough energy it needs.
We took a close look at these planets. The children became familiar with their names, which of the planets are called the giant planets and which are the smaller ones. They also saw which of these planets are closer to the Sun or furthest away. The children got particularly interested in the colours each planet has depending on its properties.
For example Mars is red, Uranus is sky blue, and Saturn is yellowish in colour. The songs below sum up all the things we spoke about in class regarding the solar system and which the children really enjoyed.
The Solar System song –
The Planets song –
The children created their own planet by using a technique called marbling. We mixed various paints the colours of which represent the planets, along with shaving foam and then they dipped a circle representing the planet into this mixture.
They then brushed off the excess mixture with a ruler to leave a marble effect behind. Their little work of art is hanging outside our door.
The shape of the planets led us to the circle shape. The numeracy blog will guide you through the circle lesson given.
During the week our topic work focus shifted onto The Planet Earth.
The children learnt that this is the third planet from the sun and it is considered to be one of the smaller planets. When seen from space it is seen as blue and green in colour because it is mostly made up of water and land respectively.
We talked about the major characteristics that make up the earth, the sea, mountains and volcanoes, the animals that live in the sea and on land.
Last but not least the children mentioned us humans. Earth is the only planet which we know of which has creatures living on it. This song summarizes all that we spoke about.
The Earth song –
We then proceeded to have an even closer look at the countries most of the children come from. We mentioned Italy, England, Russia, Czech Republic, Papua New Guinea, Libya and last but not least Malta amongst others.
The children learnt that Malta is shaped like a fish and it is surrounded by the sea. That is why we call it an island. We looked at key places in Malta such as the capital city, Valletta and Mdina.
We also saw where our school is situated and where some of the children live and marked everything on a map. We discussed if they lived close or far away from our school.
Malta From Above –
We ended our topic work by creating a collage of the map of Malta using kite paper. At first the children ripped green and brown kite paper to represent the island’s landscape. They then glued it together. It was a pleasure seeing the children all excited as they worked together in groups.
I want to take the opportunity to thank Ms. Corinne for her hard work and dedication in making our crafts in class possible as well as Ms. Stefania for guiding some of the children through what we do.