Are you looking for some imaginative transport teaching theme ideas that will inspire the kids in your class?
The activities below cover all strands of the curriculum. They include literacy, science, history and transport themed songs to wind down with at the end of the day, as well as much more!
I have tried to chose tasks that:
a] Motivate our children to find answers for themselves
b] Encourage them to work as a team
c] Teach them how to solve problems
These qualities are what we, as educators, aim for in our pupils every day of our teaching career. Sometimes with more difficulty than we imagine!
Anyhow please dip into the ideas below and get planning!
There are several transport teaching theme ideas you can adopt for your dramatic play area.
Take a glance at the ideas below!
• A Submarine
• A Jet Airline
• A Pirate ship
For some more Pirate teaching ideas go to Pirate Teaching Theme
• A Space Rocket
For more Space activities go to Space Activities for Kids
• A Hot Air Balloon
I have found from past experience when you get the kids involved in the building of their play area you find they are more likely to get stuck in!
Let them loose in the junk modelling area to make their own microwave or washing machine. Ask them what they think is a' must have' in a Victorian kitchen or what kind of food the astronauts keep in their spaceship. It takes a bit longer but is a great way to get them enthused at the start of a topic.
Below are just a few literacy activity ideas to get you started on your transport teaching theme.
• Write an advert for a job aboard a submarine, pirate ship or space ship.
• Make up some safety rules and procedures. You can download my transport safety rules worksheet here.
• Create you own application form for the job you are advertising.
• Write a menu for the restaurant aboard your mode of transport
• Design a customer complaint form
• Make a list of clothes you would take with you if you went to the moon for your holiday.
• Write a letter to your parents telling them what it is like on the moon or under the sea.
• Learn how to read a map and draw one of your own.
• Write a diary of '' A day in the life of a--------''
• Make up some special coded messages .
• Write a weather report for the Pirate Ship or the Hot Air Balloon.
I have some weather vocabulary ideas that you might find useful.
Most of these math activities for your transport teaching theme will evolve naturally during the children's play. But some interaction from you might just be needed to get the most out each activity!
This is a list of our favourite classroom songs. All perfect for a transport teaching theme. You will find most of them are on 'u tube'! So if you type in the name of the song and whether you want the music or lyrics or both I can guarantee you will be lucky with the majority of them!
Even RE could be introduced into your transport teaching theme. Here are some ideas.
• Talk about transport in Jesus' time.
• Investigate how people got around in the times of the old Testament.
• Read the story of Daedalus and Icarus
• Design a labyrinth with a theme such as colours of the rainbow or senses.
• Make a finger labyrinth. To find out more about labyrinths and how to make them. Check out 'The Labyrinth Society' website.
Kids love playing in the water tray so introducing floating and sinking into your transport teaching theme will be easy! Below are just a few ideas to get the kids interested.
You might like to take a look at Pre-school Science Activities for some more fun teaching ideas!
Science related tasks are always a great way to get kids involved in a topic. Pushes and pulls can sound rather dull but if you chose the right activities it can be a great way of encouraging the kids to solve problems. An important part of the learning process.
So take your pick from some of the transport teaching theme ideas below and watch how the kids get fired up!
• Getting dressed and undressed. Get the children to notice what kind of force they use to take their jumper off.Then do the same putting it on again. Is it a push or a pull or both? Get them to do it again slowly and shout out 'push' or 'pull' as they proceed through the task!
• Moving about in the hall. The children investigate moving slowly and moving quickly, stopping and changing direction.
• Move a heavy box. How is it easier to move? To push or pull it? Let the kids have a go You could discuss the Egyptians and the problems they must have had moving those giant stones when they made the pyramids. What do we use today?
• Mime opening a door or pulling a cracker or riding a bike. What force is used?
• Nothing moves on its own. Everything needs a push or a pull. Some need more force than others.Once something starts to move it will need a force to make it stop. Heavy things need a stronger force to stop them than a lighter objects
• Children can investigate all the above with different weighted cars.
• Try sending cars down a ramp. Which car goes the furthest/fastest? How can we make a fair test? Allow time for their predictions.
• Allow the kids to report back to the class and explain their results.
• Discuss dangers of moving objects In the park or on the road or even in the playground. Why would it be dangerous to try and stop a moving object?
• Look at road signs . Design a new one of your own
• Design a Grand Prix race track using parallel lines .
• Design and draw your own racing car.
I never mention the word history when introducing the following tasks to the kids because it puts them off straight away. I usually start this part of the topic with a story such as 'Mr Gumpy's Outing'
Then during circle time having read the story through once, I talk to the children about how Mr Gumpy's car is different from cars they see today. I try and have some pictures of old cars as well as new ones so we can discuss the differences and similarities. Also we try and make a collection of old and new toy cars for the classroom. Below are just a few activities you can do to bring history into your transport teaching theme.
Most of the books below can be found on Amazon for very little money and sometimes even second hand.
They all fit into the Transport Theme well and the kids love a good story! So do try and use one at least in your topic.
Mr Gumpy's Outing J. Burningham
Mr Gumpy's Motor Car. J. Burningham
Bears on Wheels. Stan and Jan Bernstein
Mrs Armatige on Wheels. Quentin Blake
Hey Get off our Train! J Burningham
Hop on Pop. Dr Zeus
My Truck is Stuck. Kevin Lewis
If I built a car Chris Van Dusen
The Wheels on the Bus. Annie Kubler
Who was Amelia Earhart? Nancy Boehm
Whatever Next? Jill Murphy
I hope you have found some of these ideas useful and if so please check out some more ideas on my site.
The Art of Science B Hume and C Galton [Belair]
Art for all seasons M. Barnes [Belair]
A Corner to learn Neil Griffiths [Belair]