This is often a popular theme used with young children in larger settings but I decided to use it a while back as one of my “quick focus” activities. It involved my mindee (aged 4) identifying all the people that help us in the community from our range of happyland figures. He absolutely loved this and excitedly found police, nurses, doctors, firefighters, teachers and postmen. We then discussed other job roles that make up the local community which was a good opportunity to make connections between people and places.
I have a great puzzle called “What do I do?” for the younger ones. Each job role is made up of 3 pieces. We also have a very popular postman puppet (our postman is a very popular sighting here at Aston childcare when he knocks on the door!) and another puppet that shows various occupations on each finger as well as a poster featuring 15 people who work in different occupations.
Development matters touches on this topic in Understanding the World – People and communities
Areas of Learning covered: Understanding the World Understanding different occupations Communication and Language Talking about who helps us everyday Personal, Social and Emotional Development talking about being helpful, how others feel and how we can help them, empathy etc Literacy reading books about people that help us, looking at/mark-making numbers and letters on emergency vehicles Expressive Arts and Design role play, small world play on the theme Physical Development Putting on doctor/firefighter dressing up clothes, running about with hoses or first aid kits doing ‘rescuing’ Mathematics counting, sorting, numbering vehicles/uniforms etc