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A Whole Year
Written by Jane Buxton
Illustrations by Jenny Cooper
The Story
A girl shares her
activities and
observations through
the seasons of the
year.
Introduction
• Compile a class diary each day at sharing time, beginning with the day
of the week and the weather.
Today is Monday. It is cloudy.
• Children talk about changes they have observed in weather patterns,
growth patterns and clothing that they wear as the months go by.
Ask the children if they know the names of the seasons. Record the
children’s ideas on a chart headed Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
• Introduce the story by looking at the cover of the book.
What is the girl hanging on the wall?
What do you think this story will be about?
What do you think this girl might do through the year?
Read the story and talk about the illustrations.
Read the story together.
• Retell the story. Include all the things that the girl did through the
year. Ask each child to name something special that they do at a
particular time of the year.
• Read rhymes about seasons and months of the year. Talk together
about the seasons in other countries. For example, countries on the other
side of the world have winter when we have summer. Some countries
have only two seasons in a year – wet and dry. Ask children to tell you
about seasonal events in other countries that they know about.
• Record other seasonal activities that the girl does which are not on the
class chart.
• Children draw a picture of something they do during the year. Group
these pictures into seasons of the year. Write sentences underneath.
In summer we swim, skate, run, kick balls and have picnics.
Follow-up Activities
Process
• Using prior
knowledge
• Describing a
simple timeline
• Using a calendar
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Magazine Search
Children find pictures that show different weather conditions. They sort
the pictures into groups of hot, warm, cool, cold. Glue the pictures onto
a Season Wheel.
Sorting the Days and Months
Give the children name cards for the days of the week and ask them to
sort the cards into the correct order. Children practise writing the names
of the days of the week. They write the day of the week to head up
their book work.
Other Activities
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Calendar Mark Up
Give each child a page from a previous year’s calendar. Children use a
marker pen to circle the days in response to questions.
A number you can read, the first Monday in the month,
the 3rd Sunday in a month, all the days with an r in them
Timelines
Give the children concertina-folded paper so that there is a page for
each year of their lives. Children draw something special about each
year on each page.
Garden Watch
Discuss with the children how plants grow differently at different
seasons of the year.
How does an apple tree grow?
Record what happens to an apple tree over the four season (buds,
flowers, fruit, leaves falling, new growth). Children illustrate a four-page
booklet.
Maths Concept
Times of the year,
e.g. seasons,
months, birthday
month, Christmas
Maths Language
time
days of week
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
seasons
spring
summer
autumn
winter
day
week
month
year
weekend
birthday
holiday
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