Last year I taught a new theme for the beginning of year one, pirates!! We turned the role play area into a pirate ship and I put lots of eye patches, stripey clothes and treasure inside. I have to say the children absolutely loved it.
The pirate theme was linked to a book called a new home for Jed. The children also made their own houses using junk materials and we linked it to their locality too.
At first I wondered how worthwhile a pirate theme would be, but I was surprised with how much we managed to get out of it.
Children were eager to read pirate stories, dress up and we also created amazing pirate face self portraits too! I changed my maths area to gold coins for number recognition too!
I recommend that you give it a try sometime!
Feel free to comment your thoughts, they are much appreciated!