Are you looking for some curriculum planning inspiration for your classroom for the month of March? At the Early Years Shop we have taken some great activities from our March themed packs (St. Patrick’s Day, Mothers Day, Spring) and we have pulled them all together to make one great pack. As a bonus we have included two Easter activities so that you can begin to plan for April also. This pack aims to make life easier as we have chosen some great activities to do with the children which saves you having to go searching for them yourself!
March Curriculum Planning: St. Patrick’s Day
March is a special month for Ireland with the celebration of Saint Patrick on the 17th March. The colour green comes out in many forms as we celebrate all things Irish. The St Patrick’s Day celebration creates a great opportunity to focus on the Aistear area of ‘Identity and Belonging’ , where Aim 2 states that ‘children will have a sense of group identity where links with their family and community are acknowledged and extended’. St. Patrick’s Day gives us the chance to explore with the children what it means to be a certain nationality and how we celebrate that within the community. To start your discussion around St. Patick’s Day you can engage with the children at circle time by asking questions around St. Patrick’s Day. ‘Why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?’, ‘What happens on this day?’, ‘Do you know what the St.Patrick’s Day parade is?’, ‘Are you going to the St. Patrick’s Day parade?’. You could have a number of props to hand to include, shamrocks, Irish flags, leprechauns and pictures of the St.Patrick’s Day parade. This will help children to get a better understanding of what it is and may evoke memories of their own St. Patrick’s Day experiences that they might like to share with the class.
Ensure to have a chat with the parents about what activities you plan on doing around St.Patrick’s Day. The parents may be able to share some of their own experiences and traditions with the class from when they were children themselves. If you have parents who are of a different nationality you could ask them what their national day is and how they celebrate it. They may come in and talk with the children and bring some props also. March is a busy month with lots to talk about and celebrate with the children but aside from the main events we have come up with a list of some other interesting dates that you might like to celebrate in some shape or form within your classroom.
March Curriculum Planning Pack: Famous dates to celebrate in March 2020
- 2nd March – Doctor Seuss Day
Turn your class into a library for the day by celebrating one of the great children’s authors Doctor Seuss!
- 3rd March – Alexander Graham Bell birthday
Why not bring in some old phones and teach the children about the history of the phone to mark the birthday of this famous inventor.
- 6th March – Michelangelo Birthday
Celebrate all things art with the children for this famous artist’s birthday.
- 8th March – International Women’s Day
Celebrate women from all around the world on this important day for women.
- 20th March – March Equinox
The first equinox of the year, when the sun shines directly on the equator, and the length of night and day are almost equal. A chance to discuss the changes we see in seasons.
- 27th March – Daffodil Day
A great way to introduce children to some Spring flowers by celebrating Daffodil Day in your classroom and also to discuss and explain how we need to look after people who are sick.
- 28th March – Earth Hour
A chance to discuss how children can support nature and the environment with Earth Hour 2020.
- 30th March – Van Gogh Birthday
Use this famous artist’s birthday to celebrate art. Have the children paint their very own Van Gogh’s and display them for parents to come and see.
Flowers: Daffodils, Tulips
Weather: Sunny, Windy, Rainy, Cool
Lifecycles: Sunflowers, Butterflies, Frogs
If you are already a member of the Early Years Resource Factory, this new March pack is free as part of your membership. If you are not 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.