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Term 3 Week 7 – Part 6 – Doctors and Nurses

The second topic work for this week was doctors and nurses with particular reference to x-rays.

We spoke about how these special people help us get better when we feel sick.  Two students in class were very proud to mention that their mummy was in fact a doctor and another couple of children mentioned that they too wish to become doctors when they grow up    🙂

We spoke about some characteristics that a doctor and a nurse have to have, such as they have to be patient, kind, very attentive to the feelings of their patient, able to work long hours even during the night.

We spoke about the fact that although at times we might be afraid to go to the doctor because he/she might give us an injection these people are our friends and what they do is for our best.  We also spoke about a trick we can use if we are scared of the injection.

  • First of all we look the other side and not at the injection.
  • We can take our favourite toy to the doctor’s and show it how brave we are.
  • We imagine something that we really like for example playing with this favourite toy or eating something yummy.
  • With the other hand we hold on tight to mummy’s or daddy’s hand.
  • In no time the injection is over.

We also spoke about the medicine that the doctor gives us which unfortunately is not pleasant to the taste.

So we came up with another trick that of pinching the bridge of our noses, open our mouths very wide and gulp down the medicine very hard.

We can always take a glass of water after.  The medicine given to us only makes us better.   These are the video clips we watched:

Story for preschool children about going to the doctor –

Going to the doctor song –

At times we also go to the doctor because we would have broken a bone from falling.  When this happens a special photo of our bone has to be taken to see which part of it is broken.  This is done with an x-ray machine.

After which they would have a special cast made from plaster placed over the broken bone so that it can heal properly.

The children watched a video clip of a small boy who already had a cast on his arm but needed to go for an x-ray check up to see if he was healing well.

Video Clip – Having an x ray –

Besides role playing doctor and nurses they also created a craft where they printed their hand onto a black cardboard using white paint and white chalk.  This is found hanging outside our class room door for all of you to see.

We spoke about the vehicles that the doctors might use for their work.  We mentioned a normal car to go to the clinic or hospital where they work.

The nurse might have to go in an ambulance to the place where a patient needs to be taken care of.

If we need an ambulance we have to call 112.  However I emphasized that we do not do this for nothing.

If someone happens to be sick or fall first we look out for another adult nearby such as dad, mum, granny etc.  If we are alone with that person and we try and touch them but they are not answering or moving and there is no other adult around, it is then that we have to call the ambulance.

This led us to the other letter of week x-ray.  More detail found in the literacy blog section.

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Term 3 week 7 – People Who Help Us – Part 5 Wardens

Another group of workers who help us in our everyday life are wardens.

First we took a look at what a warden does for a living – that mainly they are out and about making sure that people obey the rules and fined accordingly.

We saw the main difference between a warden and a policeman.  Wardens cannot carry any weapons or arrest people, but policeman do.

Like everyone else wardens encounter their difficulties at work such as when people are not nice to them when they correct their bad behavior.

We can recognize wardens from their smart uniform so when we need help out and about we can ask them.  Last but not least wardens usually use motorbikes as their vehicles.  Some other use cars.

The children watched a story of a warden/policeman who helps children at a school by setting examples.  This is an online version of the story.

Officer Buckle –

We also sequenced the pictures of the story and gave it a different ending.

The children watched and sang to the rhyme Police officer – Rhymes on Profession –

and to the he jolly phonics letter w song –

This introduction led us to the letter of the day – w – warden.  You can find more information in the literacy blog.

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People Who Help Us and Their Vehicles – Part 4

The second part of our topic work sessions for this week was dedicated to another group of community workers who help all those who have pets.

I am referring to the vets.  The children were very enthusiastic about this topic as a good number of them do have pets or love some particular animal so they have experienced going to the vet themselves.

We mentioned that vets are special doctors who really love animals and just like we go to our doctor when we are sick or when we need to take an injection so do our animals.

Two stories were read in class which helped the children understand better what a vet does.

Paula the Vet by Julia Donaldson –

I chose this particular online version of this story with a young child reading, to help the children understand that when learning to read we pause to blend the letters together into words.

It is the time when the children will be able to read fluently without stopping just like teacher and mummy and daddy.  There is another version with an adult reading the same book too.

I managed to squeeze in the second story called Zac the Vet.  This is written by the same author Julia Donaldson.  Unfortunately there isn’t an online version of this story.

However it is part of the reader rotation scheme that we are presently adopting in class.  Some of the children have already taken it home to read with you.  Others will receive it tomorrow since it is library day.

After each book we explored the qualities needed to be a vet such as loving and caring animals, being patient and very careful at all times during work.

Vets have to work long hours even possibly during the night too.  They also use special cars or even an ambulance to transport any ill or injured animal.  This service in Malta is called Ambuserv Animal Rescue Service.  This is how their cars look like:

Our classroom changed into a pet clinic/hospital where the children role played being a vet.  They cured all sorts of animals from dogs and cats to pigs, lions, bears, dinosaurs and more.

They used small bandages for broken or injured legs and arms, spoons for medicines, craft sticks for thermometers and injections and even little stethoscopes we made in class out of chenille sticks and foam circles to hear the heartbeat of each animal.

Some children preferred to be human doctors so they cured baby toys instead.  Here is a quick snapshot of their role play    🙂


We also heard the following, Get Your Pet to the Vet Song

This was the ground work for the first letter of the week v-vet.  More information is found in the literacy section.

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Term 3 Week 6 – People Who Help Us and Their Vehicles – Part 3

The first topic session for this week was dedicated to a group of community workers who help people who are in difficulty mostly at the beach.

Now that summer is here we chose this topic to make the children more aware of what to look out for at the beach and what to do if they are in difficulty of any kind.

We started by preparing a picture mind map of all the things that we need to take at the beach to keep us safe and protect us.  These are the things the children came up with:

beach beach2

However they learnt that at times although we take our safety gear to the beach there are other difficulties that we may encounter which are beyond our control and we should be aware of them.

There are also special people who help us in this regard – The Search and Rescue Lifesavers.

These people would be positioned at popular beaches usually sitting on a very high chair so they can get a clear view of the entire beach and the sea as well.  So if we see someone needs help we go to them or start shouting and they come to us.


Besides these special workers we have to look out for other signs at the beach which mean specific things.

There is special flag system which shows us if a beach is safe to use or not.  These are some of the flags used.beach4.jpg

Other important points –

  • When we are swimming we have to be accompanied by an adult for now.
  • If a toy happens to move away into the water we don’t just rush to get it and end up in difficulty.
  • Whilst in the water we should not play rough by pushing or splashing water into people’s eyes.
  • Obviously since we are at the beach with a lot of people around we never walk away with strangers even if they offer us something delicious as an ice-cream.
  • Never go close to the yachts and other large sea vehicles.
  • Always obey our parents.

The children got to know that the lifeguards watch out for the large vehicles out at sea as well so they do not cross over a specific area.

Lifeguards themselves might go out at sea on their yachts to save lives.   This led us to the first letters of the week y – yachts.  More information in the literacy blog.

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People Who Help Us and Their Vehicles – Part 2

We started the 5th week of term three with introducing another group of people who help in the community.

These are the train conductors and any other workers who work in an underground system.  Although we do not have trains in Malta most of the children could relate to what I was talking about because they have been abroad and seen trains or even went on one.

Others followed because they have watched cartoons which featured trains such as Thomas The Tank Engine.

Underground trains for kids –

They also learnt that people might have jobs during the day whilst others might work with a timetable on a shift basis so that there would be trains working during the day and during the night too.

The children understood that to do such a job you need to be very attentive not to overrun speed limits and obey signals.

The children also saw that there are different types of trains which serve different proposes: Steam trains, electric trains etc. Some are used to carry people and others to carry cargo.

Some run on lines above the ground whilst others work underground.  We also looked at the symbols used for the trains to run smoothly; maps, metro, tunnels etc.

The children enjoyed hearing a couple of simple stories about trains too.  Here is the on line version.

I love trains! By Philemon Sturges

Terrific trains By Tony Mitton & Ant Parker

Thomas the Tank Engine Theme –

Down By The Station Nursery Rhyme

Train to the City | Family Sing Along – Muffin Songs –

This led us to the first letter of the week – u for underground.  More information found in the literacy blog.

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Term 3 Week 4 People Who Help Us and Their Vehicles

During the fourth week we started a new topic altogether – People who help us in the community and their Vehicles.

We started off by having a brainstorming session.  The children mentioned a list of the people who they thought help us in our everyday lives.  This is what they came up with:


During the discussion these are the major facts which emerged.

  • All jobs are important because each person doing the job will be helping in some way.
  • People have different qualities which make them choose different jobs.
  • It is important to love your job.

We then looked at one of the jobs in particular – the policeman.  We mentioned several characteristics that a policeman might have such as being disciplined, observant, good eyesight, sharp listening skills and physically in shape so he could run if he has to catch a thief.

We mentioned that stealing and hurting other people should not be done and that is the job of the policeman to see that rules are followed to have a safe place to live in.

The children also mentioned that a policeman usually wears a uniform and that a policeman is there to help us and give us direction when needed.

We read the story called Policeman Small by Lois Lenski : Policeman Small by Lois Lenski

We then focused on the vehicles a policeman might drive such as a police car, a motor bike, a helicopter, a segway and last but not least a jeep.

J – jeep was the first letter for week 4.  More details in the literacy blog.

Zobic the Police Jeep :


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Topic Work The Netherlands – Part 5


The Dutch used the water surrounding most of their country to their advantage.

Just like people live in houses on land those who were adventurous enough started living on the sea in boat houses.

Others actually had their houses built touching the water.  The children saw some pictures of such houses. They also watched a sweet story of a cat whose lifestyle changed because at first he lived in a house on land than started living in a boat house!   🙂

Cosmo the Boat Cat:

We discussed the story and sequenced some pictures too.

This led us to the third letter for this week, letter b for boathouse.  More details found in the literacy blog.