This year I introduced The Aquarium as a new theme to the class.
I introduced the class to the story the Rainbow Fish, there are lots of other under the sea books to choose from such as Hooray for Fish and Sharing a Shell. I had made some large sea animals for a display previously and with some creative use of my childrens’ gazebo we made an aquarium in the classroom. Some children had visited an aquarium before the topic and brought us in maps and information leaflets. The children gave guided tours around the aquarium in the socio-dramatic area. Parents also sent in lots of non-fiction books for the class to use during the topic. I used a small paddling pool in the sand area and got some fishing rods and plastic fish and sea animals in a Euro Giant shop. The other areas linked to the theme also. Using cereal boxes the children created their own aquariums too. Both myself and the class really enjoyed this theme.