The February Curriculum Planning Pack is now available to purchase on the Early Years Shop. The pack includes some great activities from three other packs available from the website. This includes four activities from the Spring Pack, 3 from Valentine’s Day Pack and 3 from Chinese New Year Pack. There are a number of themes that you can incorporate into your Curriculum Planning for the month of February. The obvious one is a ‘Love’ theme with the celebration of Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February. However, there are various other themes that you can also include. Below is a list of some themes that you might like to use for your February learning.
Ideas for February Curriculum Planning
- Kindness – The theme of Love will be common to do in February but closely linked to that is a Kindness theme. Being kind is a way of showing love to others. It is important for children to learn from a young age how they can show kindness in their everyday lives. There are many different ways of showing kindness at home and in school. Encouraging the children to help their parents and siblings as well as their peers gives them a sense of pride. In addition, it instills kindness in them from a young age. Kindness acts can be as simple as a smile, helping with chores, or helping a peer with their bag or coat. For more on kindness you can read our Kindness Blog.
- Reading – On Wednesday, 3rd of February World Read Aloud Day is celebrated around the world. Millions of people join together to celebrate the joy and power of reading and sharing stories. Reading to children from a very young age should be encouraged and can be done by parents or by teachers. Children should be encouraged to pick out their own books to read aloud themselves. Although, at preschool age they won’t be able to read the words they can still use pictures to communicate their story.
- Daffodils – Daffodils are one of the first flowers to arrive in Spring. Their vivid bright yellow colour brightens up homes, gardens and parks every year at Spring Time. Talk to the children about planting the bulbs in the ground and how they grow before blooming in Spring. There are a number of different craft ideas that can be done with daffodils. You can draw them or use yellow and green crepe paper and cupcake holders to make 3D versions. The learning can be extended to talk about seeds and bulbs, their growth and other types of flowers. Maybe you could even plant your own flowers and watch them grow!
- St. Brigid’s Day – St. Brigid’s Day is an Irish traditional festival marking the beginning of Spring. Saint Brigid is one of Ireland’s patron saints. One of the traditions is to make Saint Brigid’s Crosses. These are normally made from rushes but other materials such as pipe cleaners could be used also. The cross typically has four arms tied at the ends and a woven square in the middle. This is an opportunity to talk about old traditions. It is also a good chance to talk about history and the way people lived before us.
February: The 2nd Month of the year, 28 days, leap year 29 days, start of Spring Flowers: Daffodil, Primrose, Violet Weather: Low Temperature, Humid, Cloudy, Birthstone: Amethyst
February Curriculum Planning Pack FREE with EYRF Membership
If you are already a member of the Early Years Resource Factory, the new February pack comes free as part of your membership. If you are not already a member you can sign up here. You can also sign up for a trial which will give you access to EYRF for 7 days so that you have a better idea of what the service entails. Click here for your 7 day trial.