Lesson Plan Suggestions » Reception Year (Ages 4 - 5) » Reception Year - lesson 4

Share with the children the class book they made last lesson about the Blue dog.
Recap learning points from the class book.

Tell children that today we are going to play a matching game on the interactive whiteboard. I f you do not have an interactive whiteboard , the appropriate cards are available on the download section.
Play game, sorting pictures of things that people need and things that dogs need into a Venn diagram. Is there anything they both need?

Examples of questions:
- What does Blue need to eat his food? ( food bowl)
- What type of food should Blue eat?
- Where does Blue sleep?
- What does Blue need to take a walk?

Group work

Children to draw what people and dogs need
HA Children to draw what people and dogs need to label picture independently. 
MA Children to draw what people and dogs need and teacher to scribe their ideas
LA Children to sort real objects into sorting rings, then children to draw what people and dogs need as group.


Children to make a blue dog using plasticine ( see ICT)


Tell the children that Blue is going on holiday. Ask children to help pack his bag for him. What will he need?

examples:food, objects, toys, food bowl, water bowl, bed, blanket, leash, ...

ICT (Extra materials)

In ‘Dazzle’ or other drawing package use the shapes to make animal pictures

In the downloads you will find

  • Pictures for colouring






  • Shapes to make animals
  • The children can use these shapes to make animals. For more ideas, go to free online drawing package.

  • Animal picture cards for games

Example 1: Understanding what a pet is.
Identifying the animal.
Which one is the ideal pet?
Match the animal with the right home.



Example 2:
Understanding the needs of a dog.
What kind of food does Blue need?
What objects does Blue need?
What things do children need?






Blue is going travelling - what objects would he take?

Think about what toys are suitable for Blue and for the children.
Which objects do children need?
Which are Blue's favourite toys?
Which are children's favourite toys?
Food that dogs and children like
Objects that dogs and children like

The children's corner can be used as an interactive tool:

Daan's Zoo
In the Zoo, there are different animals. Look for the ideal pet!

How to play the game:

When an animal appears, pass the computer mouse over the squares and match the one showing the correct colour and animal noise.




Tiny's Kids
In the game Tiny's Kids, there are pet and wild animals. Have a look ...

In this game, Tiny's kids are looking for their mum. All kids look different.

Match the right mum and kids.

See how happy the kids are when they find their mum. Listen to mum singing a lullaby.

Blue is thirsty
Blue lives in a nice confortable home. Right now, Blue is thirsty and looking for a drink. Can you help Blue to find the right water to drink?

Click on the different places that contain water.
Many are not suitable for drinking. Can you help Blue find the one place where the water is for drinking.

Use this game to help talk about a dog's needs.




Blue is hungry
Blue is hungry and he goes to the shop with his owner. There are many things for sale: some a good for Blue to eat but others are not. Can you help Blue find the food that is good for him?

Click on the different things on the shelves. The wrong things will give him a tummy ache, but the right food will make him happy.





Blue at the vet
Blue is feeling not very well and his owner has taken him to the vet. See Blue sitting on the vet's table looking sick and a bit scared.

Ask the children to help the vet by clicking on the objects along the bottom.






Blue at the toy shop

Blue is in the toy shop and he is looking for new toys to put in his basket.

Can you help Blue to pick the toys that are best for him?
How does Blue feel when he gets a toy in his basket?

(If he pics a child's toy, it jumps back on to the shelf)





Do the children understand what a pet is?
Do children understand what a dog needs?


Lesson notes for evaluation of project / evidence / resource list




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