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Oceans and Seas Topic Overview

This stimulating topic incorporates art, drama, and D&T activities including a raft race, undersea display & sea-creature role-play. Science activities link to history of boats, animal discoveries & geography, global waters & the Galapagos Islands.

 
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01: Oceans and Seas - Locations

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Chn will find out about the world we live in and how over half of it is covered in water – the oceans and seas. They will study globes and world maps and learn the names of the five largest oceans.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Geography 1a, 2c, 3a, 3b
  • Range: Geography 6b (ii)

You will need

  • World map and globe, sticky labels.

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02: Oceans and Seas - UK

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This lesson introduces the oceans and seas around the U.K. Chn locate the UK on a world map/globe. They learn the names of our surrounding oceans and sea, and identify the sea nearest the school locality.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1d, 3c
  • Geography 1a, 2c, 3a, 3b
  • Range: English NC En3 9d , Geography 6b (ii)

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  • World atlas, sticky labels.

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03: Poem: Ocean Travel - own verses

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Chn shared-read the Poem ‘Ocean Travel’ and identify rhyming pattern and rhyming words. They then collect ocean words and use their imaginations to write their own verses and sentences in a similar style to the poem.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1d, 1f, 2b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f
  • Geography 2c, 3a, 3b
  • Range: English NC En2 6a, En3 9b , Geography 6b (ii)

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  • Map of the UK.

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03a: Poem: Stream story, poem appreciation

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Chn read another poem ‘Stream Story’ and make comparisons between this poem & the poem ‘Ocean Travel’. They discuss which poem they prefer and identify similarities/differences. Chn choose their favourite poem & give reasons.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1c, 2b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f
  • Range: English NC En2 6a, En3 9c

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  • Highlighter pens.

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04: Hot and cold areas of the world

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Using a globe/map of the world chn are introduced to the equator, begin to identify hot/cold areas of the world and refer to places they have been to or know about. Chn look at sea temperatures using a website.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Art 1a, 2c
  • Geography 1c, 2a, 2d, 3d
  • Range: Geography 6b (ii) , ICT 5a

You will need

  • World map and globe.

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05: N_F Plan 1 Information texts - Galapagos Islands & Darwin

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Use the beautiful book ‘We’re Sailing to Galapagos’ to find out about some of the amazing creatures that live there. Explore texts online to find out facts about giant tortoises and iguanas. Make a non-fiction page for a class book. Learn about Darwin.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Literacy 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 11c, 12a, 12b, 1a, 1c, 1d, 2c, 5a, 5e, 7c, 7d, 7e, 8a, 8c, 9a, 9c, 9d, 9e
  • Range: English NC En2 7a, En3 9d

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  • We're Sailing to Galapagos by Lauri Krebs and Grazia Restelli.

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05: Introducing the Galapagos Islands

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Chn are introduced to book ‘We’re Sailing to the Galapagos’. They read the text, join in with repetition & identify the animals. Chn sequence events identifying animals and the order in which they appear in the story.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1a, 1m, 2b, 3b
  • Geography 3b
  • Range: English NC En2 6a, En3 9d , Geography 6b (ii)

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05a: Reading about Galapagos Islands

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Using a map, chn locate the Galapagos Islands. Then, using their knowledge of the equator & global temperatures, they discuss what these islands might be like. Shared read ‘We’re Sailing to the Galapagos’ and identify rhyming words.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1c, 1g, 3e
  • Geography 3a, 3b, 3d
  • Range: English NC En2 6a , Geography 6b (ii)

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  • World map.

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06: Life and times of Charles Darwin

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Chn are introduced to Charles Darwin, famous historical naturalist. They find out about his life and what was life was like in the 1830s, making comparisons with life then and now using non-fiction books and pictures.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • History 1b, 2b, 4a, 4b
  • Range: History 6c

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  • Pictures of and information books about Charles Darwin.

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07: Research life of Charles Darwin

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Using book ‘We’re sailing to the Galapagos’ chn listen to information about Charles Darwin & his famous voyage aboard the HMS Beagle. Chn write simple sentences about Darwin checking own writing for sense/punctuation.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3c, 7c
  • History 4a, 5
  • Range: English NC En1 10b, En1 10c, En3 9d , History 6a

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08: Depicting the Galapagos Islands

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Chn think about geographical features of Galapagos & compare to our locality. They draw upon ‘We’re Sailing to the Galapagos’, knowledge of the world and imagination to produce a picture of themselves on the Galapagos.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Art 1a, 2b, 2c
  • Geography 1a, 1c, 2a, 3a, 3d
  • Range: Art 5a , Geography 6b (ii)

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09: Archipelagos and Islands

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Chn look at different archipelagos of islands around the world, discuss scale/location and look at aerial photos, maps & holiday photos. Chn will use ‘Paint/Draw’ software to create their own archipelagos of islands.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Geography 1b, 1d, 2c, 2e, 3a, 3d
  • ICT 1a, 4a
  • Range: Geography 6b (ii) , ICT 5b

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  • World atlas, holiday brochures for Island holidays, e.g. Maldives, Caribbean etc.

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10: Darwin: how animals adapt

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Chn are introduced to Darwin’s work in the Galapagos & how one of his theories came from this. They look at how animals have adapted to their environments, e.g. giraffes have long necks to reach the leaves on tall trees.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • History 5
  • Science2: Life Processes and Living Things 1b, 5b
  • Range: History 6c , Science 2a

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  • Information books about animals.

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11: Studying our seaside locality

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Chn recall trips they have made to the seaside & the creatures and geographical features. They create a mime in small groups to act out ‘being at the seaside’, working together to find out what each others’ mimes are about.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 4a
  • Geography 1a, 1c, 2d, 3a
  • Range: English NC En1 11a , Geography 6a

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  • Non-fiction texts about the seaside.

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12: Compare local and overseas seaside

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The class make comparisons between British & Galapagos seasides. They look at man-made & natural features and discuss similarities/differences, including weather. Chn then express some of what is same/diff in drawings.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Geography 1a, 1c, 3a, 3b, 3d
  • Range: Geography 6b (ii)

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  • Photos of the Galapagos Islands.

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13: Making Fantasy Island maps

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Chn create an old Island treasure map using tea process to age paper, then designing and drawing their own island with several features e.g. woods, lakes, rivers, bridges, beaches, etc. where treasure could be hidden.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Art 2b, 2c
  • Geography 2a, 2c, 2e
  • Range: Art 5a, 5c , Geography 6b (ii)

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  • Cold tea and paper to make tea paper, detailed maps of British Isles and Galapagos Islands.

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14: Hiding treasure on island maps

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Chn learn how to draw a grid and, using these and their island maps, they play a game of ‘find the treasure’. This involves using simple grid references to play in pairs and find their partner’s hidden treasure.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Geography 2a, 2c, 2e
  • Maths 3a
  • Range: Geography 6b (ii) , Maths 1a

You will need

  • Acetates, local A-Z or OS map, pencils and counters to play a game.

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15: P Plan 2 Poems on a theme/silly stuff

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Read a range of poems about Seas and Oceans. Explore poems about familiar seaside experiences as well as reading and performing a classic poem. Go on to enjoy funny poems, tongue twisters, jokes and limericks. Plan and practise for a performance.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Literacy 10a, 10b, 11b, 11c, 12a, 12b, 1a, 1c, 1d, 3a, 3b, 4b, 4c, 5b, 5c, 6a, 6b, 7d, 7e, 8b, 9d, 9e
  • Range: English NC En3 12, En2 6e, En2 6a, En2 6f

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15: Seaside poetry: Fighting the Tide

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The class read/discuss poem ‘Fighting the Tide’ poem. They compare poem to own experience. Chn write about a real or imaginary personal seaside experience; Easy group collect seaside words from the poem/own experience.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1a, 1f, 1j, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3f
  • Range: English NC En2 6a, En3 9c

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16: Create seaside pictures using shells

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Chn think about natural & human features of seaside & what creatures they expect to find there. Using real sand, shells & other classroom materials, chn create a seaside collages & help evaluate each other’s work.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Art 2c, 3a, 3b, 4a
  • Science2: Life Processes and Living Things 1c, 4b, 5a
  • Range: Art 5a , Science 1a

You will need

  • Selection of seashells (available from local craft shops), sand, tiny pebbles, blue thread/wool, corrugated card, materials and paper.

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