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Themes:
Air transport
Autumn
Big school
Birds
Caring for our world
Christmas
Circus
Clothes
Colour red (Valentine)
Colours
Day and night
Dinosaurs
Doctor and hospital
Easter
Farm animals
Fire
Fruit
Garden visitors
Hands
Land transport
Me and my body
My family
My five senses
My home
Opposites
Pets
Reptiles
Safety
Sea & the beach
Shapes
Shopping & money
South Africa
Space
Sports & balls
Spring
Summer
Teeth and dentist
Trees and wood
Under the ground
Vegetables
Water
Water animals
Wild animals
Winter

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About the manuals

The theme manual is intended only as a guideline. A weekly lesson plan is provided, but you must adapt and change it to suit your situation and personal circumstances.

The lessons are written in the order of the daily programme for preschool. Grade R teachers will need to adapt the order to their specific daily programme.

  • First ring - Language development.
  • Creative activities - Main and side activities.
  • Second ring - Different activities such as mathematics, games and movement, rhymes and songs and perceptual activities.
  • Third ring - Story.

Stories have been included but are not meant to restrict or limit you, and you should add your own stories too. Some of the stories are a guide and you will need to add more detail when you tell the story to the learners.

The lesson plans are detailed with a list of all the requirements you will need and how to present the activity including an introduction, body and conclusion for each lesson.

Each lesson is linked to the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement for Grade R with integration indicated.

Although the books are written in English any wording that will be presented to the learners is in English and Afrikaans.

Themes

Air transport
Concepts:

  • Different kinds of air transport
  • Aeroplanes
  • Air travel
  • Helicopters and hot air balloons
  • People who work at the airport
Autumn

Autumn
Concepts:

  • Autumn in the garden
  • Autumn weather
  • Autumn clothing
  • Autumn as a season
  • Animals in Autumn
Big school

Big school
Concepts:

  • New school feelings
  • School equipment
  • My classroom
  • Classroom activities and routines
  • The school building
Related topic: In the classroom
Birds

Birds
Concepts:

  • Structure of a bird
  • Different kinds of birds
  • What do birds eat
  • Kinds of nests
  • Life cycle of a bird
  • Use of birds and feathers
Caring for our world

Caring for our world
Concepts:

  • What is energy
  • Caring for the environment
  • Recycling
  • Reuse
  • Reduce
  • Carbon footprint

Related topic: Healthy environment

Christmas

Christmas
Concepts:

  • The meaning of Christmas
  • Christmas decorations
  • Christmas food and Christmas table decorations
  • Christmas gifts
  • Christmas in other countries
Circus

Circus
Concepts:

  • The circus
  • Clowns
  • Circus animals
  • Circus acts
  • Other circus acts
Clothes

Clothes
Concepts:

  • Clothes - Kinds of and clothes of different family members
  • History of clothes
  • Use of clothing
  • Clothing for different seasons
  • Caring for your clothes
  • How clothes are made. Different clothing material
  • Clothes for specific purposes
  • Hats and shoes
Colours

Colours
Concepts: Use the sub-headings for each colour you discuss

  • Colour information - colour names, colour mixing, shades
  • Red, pink, orange, yellow, gold (warm colours)
    • Food
    • Items
    • Nature
    • Messages
    • Animals
    • Feelings
  • Blue, turquoise, purple and violet (cool colours)
  • Green
  • Black, grey, brown, white
Colour red

Colour red (Valentine's day)
Concepts:

  • Red is a colour
  • Red food
  • Red in nature
  • Red in our world
  • Red means danger
Day and night

Day and night
Concepts:

  • Day and night skies and sounds
    • Day skies and sounds
    • Night skies and sounds
  • Day and night routines
    • Day time routines and activities
    • Night time routines and activities
  • Ways of seeing at night
  • Day and night cycle
  • People who work at night
  • Night animals
Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs
Concepts:

  • What are dinosaurs? (Fossils and extinction)
  • General dinosaur information
  • Meat eating dinosaurs - Theropods
  • Plant eating dinosaurs - Sauropods
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex - the most well-known and largest dinosaur
Easter

Easter
Concepts:

  • Meaning of Easter
  • Easter celebrations
  • Easter symbols
  • Easter eggs
  • Easter in different cultures
Farm animals

Farm animals
Concepts:

  • Cow
  • Chicken (and other farm birds such as ducks, geese and turkeys)
  • Sheep
  • Pigs
  • The farm, farmer and other farm animals
Fire

Fire
Concepts:

  • Use of fire
  • Causes of fire
  • Fire using our senses
  • Properties of fire
  • Fire safety
  • What to do in a fire emergency
  • Ways to extinguish a fire
  • Fire fighters
Fruit

Fruit
Concepts:

  • Names and value of fruit
  • Fruits can be divided into summer and winter fruits
  • Fruit is healthy because:
  • Structure of a fruit
  • Ways of eating fruit
  • Preserving of fruit
  • Packaging of fruit
  • Products and use of fruit
Garden visitors

Garden visitors
Concepts:

  • What is an insect?
  • Bees
  • Snails
  • Ants and termites
  • Ladybirds and beetles
  • Butterflies and moths
  • Spiders
Hands

Hands
Concepts:

  • Structure of the hand
  • Use of our hands
  • Care of my hands
  • Hand decorations
  • Communication using hands
  • Hand messages
  • Hand gestures from other cultures and religions
  • Jobs using hands
  • Other hands in our world
The hospital and the doctor

The hospital and the doctor
Concepts:

  • Visiting the clinic or the hospital
  • The doctor
  • The nurse
  • The hospital
  • Other people who work at a hospital
  • Any extra information

Related topics: Community workers

Land transport

Land transport
Concepts:

  • Bus
  • Trains
  • Bicycles and motor bikes
  • Road safety
  • Trucks
  • Animal transport
  • Emergency transport
Me and my body

Me and my body
Concepts:

  • My face
  • My body
  • Caring for my body
  • I am special
  • I have feelings

Related topics: Healthy habits

My family

My family
Concepts:

  • What is a family?
  • Mother
  • Father
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Extended family
My home

My home
Concepts:

  • Different kinds of homes
  • Around your home
  • Kitchen
  • Bedroom
  • Bathroom
  • Living area and dining room

Opposites
Concepts:

  • Big and small
  • Up and down
  • Under and over/ above and below
  • Long (tall) and short
  • Hard and soft
  • Rough and smooth
  • Other opposites
Pets

Pets
Concepts:

  • Dogs - caring for a dog and different kinds of dogs
  • Cats
  • Birds
  • Fish

Reptiles
Concepts:

  • Characteristics of reptiles
  • Snakes
  • Lizards and chameleons
  • Crocodiles and alligators
  • Tortoises and turtles

Safety
Concepts:

  • Home safety
  • School safety
  • City and road safety
  • Fire, water, electrical and sun safety
  • Stranger danger and abuse

Sea and the beach
Concepts:

  • The beach
  • Beach and sea activities
  • Under the sea - fish and sharks
  • Under the sea - other sea creatures
  • On the sea - boats and ships
Five senses

Five senses
Concepts:

  • Sight - Eyes
  • Taste - Mouth
  • Hear - Ears
  • Smell - Nose
  • Touch - Hands/skin
Shapes

Shapes
Concepts:

  • Circles
  • Rectangles
  • Square
  • Triangle
  • Other shapes / all shapes
Shopping and money

Shopping and Money
Concepts:

  • Shopping procedures
  • At the shop
  • Money
  • The supermarket
  • Different kinds of shops (select a few to discuss with the learners)
  • People who work at shops
South africa

South Africa
Concepts:

  • South African symbols
  • Different cultures represented in SA
  • Traditional crafts
  • Musical instruments and dances
  • Traditional clothes
  • Homes - traditional
  • Homes - conventional

Sports and balls
Concepts:

  • Different kinds of sports
  • Balls
  • Sporting equipment
  • Sporting people
  • Olympics and Paralympics

Spring
Concepts:

  • Signs of Spring
  • Weather
  • Flowers
  • Garden visitors
  • Clothing
  • Changes in animals
Summer

Summer
Concepts:

  • Summer clothes
  • Summer in the garden and summer weather
  • Ways of keeping cool
  • Summer food
  • Summer activities and sun protection
Teeth and the dentist

Teeth and the dentist
Concepts:

  • Caring for your teeth
  • Structure of a tooth
  • How to brush your teeth
  • The dentist
  • Visiting the dentist

Related topics: Jobs people do

Space

Space
Concepts:

  • The universe and space travel
  • Moon
  • Stars
  • Sun
  • Other planets
Trees and wood

Trees and wood
Concepts:

  • Structure of a tree
  • Wood and its uses
  • Value of trees
  • Products of trees
  • Animals and trees
  • Cultural and religious uses of trees and their products
  • Conservation of trees

Under the ground
Concepts:

  • Food the grows under the ground
  • Animals that live under the ground
  • Soil and stones
  • Nature under the ground
  • Under the city
Vegetables

Vegetables
Concepts:

  • Different kinds of vegetables
  • Parts of the vegetable
  • What part of the vegetable can we eat?
  • Ways of preparing and eating vegetables
  • Value of vegetables
  • Growing vegetables
  • Buying and packaging vegetables
Water

Water
Concepts:

  • Uses of water
  • Water sources and water (rain) clothes
  • Water cycle and properties of water
  • Water in our world
  • Water recreation
Water animals

Water animals
Concepts:

  • Fish
  • Frogs
  • Frogs- life cycle
  • Crocodiles, hippo, ducks, birds and insects
Wild animals

Wild animals
Concepts:

  • Elephants
  • Giraffe
  • Monkey
  • Cats - Lions, leopards and cheetah
  • What is a wild animal?
Winter

Winter
Concepts:

  • Winter clothing
  • Ways of keeping warm
  • Winter food
  • Winter outside
  • Animals in winter

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