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Colour
 
1. Ruth with Teddy
 
In the Foundation Stage at William Gladstone Primary School, Sefton, Joanne Veevers used an appealing painting Ruth with Teddy by the Irish artist Estella Solomons to explore ‘Ourselves (Myself/Our bodies)’.*
 
Activities
The main blocks of activities were
1. Look at the painting by the Irish artist Estella Solomons called Ruth with Teddy. Talk about the girl in the painting - do you think she loves her toy? Where do you think she takes it? Do you have a favourite toy? Talk about your favourite toy. Make a collection of favourite toys from home - include staff and parents toys or memories.
2. Using ready mixed paints, ask children to paint Ruth with her teddy. Let the children refer to the print at all times - display it where they can see it. Talk about the colour of her clothes, the parts of the teddy that can be seen.
3. Draw yourself with your favourite toy - use fine/broad pens on A4 paper. Include a caption.
4. Junk modelling - using a range of found materials make Ruth a new toy. What will you make for her? Which boxes/packets etc will you use? How will you join them together?
 
Scheme of work
For the full scheme of work, outlining resources and the Steppping Stones & Early Learning Goals*, and more examples of children's work, please click here.
 
* The following Stepping Stones & Early Learning Goals were addressed:
Communication, Language and Literacy; Creative Development; Knowledge & Understanding of the World; Mathematical Development; Personal, Social & Emotional Development; and Physical Development.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Green Week
Ruth with Teddy week built upon Green Week which introduced the children to Ireland.
Joanne used the colour green to explore the topic of colour and address Stepping Stones & Early Learning Goals.**
 
Activities
The main blocks of activities were
1. Talk about Ireland, look at the map, discuss family connections, holidays etc.
‘The Emerald Isle’ - look at information books with pictures and photographs of Irish countryside. Talk about the colour green (emerald).
Shamrocks - as a National icon, refer to ‘The Emerald Isle’. Decorate a pre-cut shamrock with green collage materials.
2. Irish music - listen to a selection of Irish jigs, reels and folk songs. Let children move around - how does the music make you feel? What movements do you want to do? Listening station with Irish music available all week.
3. Green day - a range of green activities - green water in the water tray, green dough for modelling, green pencils & crayons on drawing table, green threading/counting equipment in the maths area. All children invited to wear something green for the day. Make and eat green jelly for snack.
4. Colour mixing - making green. Read story of ‘Mouse Paint’, give children circles of coloured cellophane, a tube and an elastic band and let them experiment by using yellow and blue cellophane together. Using trays with yellow and blue paint, encourage children to make separate blue and yellow handprints then rub their hands together and make green handprints.
 
Scheme of work
For the full scheme of work, outlining resources and the Steppping Stones & Early Learning Goals*, and more examples of children's work, please click here.
 
** Communication, Language and Literacy; Creative Development; Knowledge & Understanding of the World; Mathematical Development; Personal, Social & Emotional Development; and Physical Development.