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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: Ships, boat and raft design

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Chn study pictures of different boats and ships and discuss their different designs and purposes. They will draw a ship/boat from memory and label the parts to show how the vehicle fulfils its particular purpose.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • DesignAndTechnology 1a, 4a, 4b
  • English NC 1d, 1e, 2a, 3c
  • Range: Design and Technology 5a , English NC En3 9d

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  • Non-fiction texts about boats.

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02: Old and new ships and boats

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Chn are shown pictures of famous historical ships. They discuss what makes a ship look old fashioned? And how does a ship look modern? After ordering ships on a timeline, the teacher explains why each ship is famous.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • History 1a, 1b, 2b
  • Range: History 6d

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03: Relate Ocean Star Express to own experience

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The book ‘Ocean Star Express’ (or similar book) is introduced and chn make predictions about the story. They shared-read the beginning and relate to own experience. They write sentences in the style of the opening page.

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

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03a: Make maps of Ocean Star Express

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The class shared-read to the end of ‘Ocean Star Express’ (or similar book) and answer comprehension questions. Chn identify the places the train travels on a world map and discuss what the places are like using their knowledge of the world & weather.

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

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  • World map.

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04: Ocean Star Express making railways

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Chn discuss book ‘Ocean Star Express’ (or similar book) and talk about the huge model railway that Mr R created. They work in groups to create a large class model railway, planning which countries to go through and what needs to be made.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • DesignAndTechnology 1b, 2d
  • English NC 3a, 3d, 3e
  • Range: Design and Technology 5b, 5b , English NC En1 10b

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  • Brio™ and Lego™ for making railways, materials for making the landscape for the train to pass through.h.

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04a: Instructions for making railway

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Chn look at their class railway and discuss what they did to make it. They then write class instructions on to how to build a model railway, looking at the format of instructions and trying to use these in their own writing.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • DesignAndTechnology 1c, 1e
  • English NC 1d, 1f, 2b, 3c, 4e, 4g
  • Range: Design and Technology 5b , English NC En3 9d

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05: Railway bridges across the sea

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Using the book ‘Ocean Star Express’ (or similar pictures) as inspiration chn look at bridges across the sea and estuaries. In small groups using only newspaper and sellotape they design their own bridge to hold the weight of a small toy train.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • DesignAndTechnology 1a, 1b, 2b, 2c, 2d, 4a
  • Geography 2a, 3a, 3d
  • Range: Design and Technology 5b , Geography 6b (i), 6b (ii)

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  • Newspaper and sellotape for making bridges.

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06: Floating - what makes a stable boat?

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This session enables chn to study floating design in boats through looking at toy boats and testing them in water. They identify the particular features of boat design that support stable floating and list these.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • DesignAndTechnology 1a, 1c, 1e
  • Science1: Scientific Enquiry 2a, 2b, 2h, 2i
  • Range: Design and Technology 5a , Science 1d

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  • Ask chn to bring in toy boats and ships from home, collect more from nursery.

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07: Creating Lego boats that will float

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Following session 6, chn use Lego to design and make boats that float. They test their boats in water tanks to ensure they float and, if necessary, make improvements. They discuss and evaluate each other’s designs.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • DesignAndTechnology 1c, 1e, 2a, 2d, 3b
  • Science1: Scientific Enquiry 2a, 2b, 2c, 2h, 2i, 2j
  • Range: Design and Technology 5b , Science 1d

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  • Lego™, toy boats.

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08: N_F Plan 7 Instructions & Explanations Weeks 8 - 9

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Chn follow and give instructions in games. They use ‘bossy’ verbs to write instructions about something familiar. Then they construct a raft and write instructions. Following improvisations about being stranded on an island they write an explanation.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Literacy 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 11c, 12a, 2a, 2b, 3a, 4a, 5a, 5b, 6a, 7d, 7e, 9c, 9d, 9e
  • Range: English NC En3 12, En2 7a

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08: Designing own raft

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This session introduces a series of sessions where the chn design and make their own small boat for a raft race. They will begin by designing their rafts with a knowledge of the materials that are available to them.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • DesignAndTechnology 1a, 1b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 4a
  • Range: Design and Technology 5c

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09: Writing instructions for a raft

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The class shared-write a set of instructions for making a simple raft in preparation for writing their own instructions to build their own raft. They will use their designs to help them write step-by-step numbered instructions.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 3c, 7c
  • Range: English NC En3 9d

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10: Making model raft from plan

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Chn follow their own instructions and design plans to build their raft. They make modifications and changes if necessary to build an effective raft that they think will win a raft race. They discuss any alterations they made.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • DesignAndTechnology 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e
  • Range: Design and Technology 5c

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  • Plastic straws, plastic cotton reels, card, cloth, lolly sticks, matchboxes, paper, newspaper, PVA glue, cereal boxes, egg boxes etc for building rafts.

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11: Decorating/finishing model raft

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Chn complete their rafts and decorate and name them. The rafts should be waterproofed ready for the race. Chn show their finished products and make comparisons with their original designs, commenting on the necessary changes.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Art 2a, 2b, 2c
  • DesignAndTechnology 2e, 3a, 3b
  • Range: Art 5c , Design and Technology 5c

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  • Paints and felt-tips for decorating rafts, PVA glue for waterproofing.

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12: Rafts on the computer

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Using computers, chn search for pictures of rafts using an internet search engine. They study these, then use ‘Paint/Draw’ software to draw own rafts practising ‘create shape’ commands & ‘undo’ to change elements of the design.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • ICT 1a, 2d, 4a, 4b
  • Range: ICT 5b

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13: Raft Race – for real!

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Raft-race: a session to be enjoyed by all the chn! They race their rafts in turns across a water tank/pool. They will have semi-finals and finals to find the winners. Chn are also awarded prizes for design and finishing, etc.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • DesignAndTechnology 3a, 3b
  • Range: Design and Technology 5b, 5c

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  • Water tank or paddling pool for raft race, medals and prizes.

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14: The RMS Titanic

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The story of the Titanic is told to the chn including dates and historical facts. They draw pictures of the Titanic based on real pictures and look at how it is different (old fashioned) from a ship of today.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • History 2b, 4b
  • Range: History 6d

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  • Non-fiction texts on the Titanic.

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15: The RMS Titanic

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Chn hear an account from a passenger of the Titanic and discuss what the voyage would have been like for different people. They work as a class, each adopting a role to create a short play based on the Titanic setting sail.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 3a, 4b
  • History 2b, 4b
  • Range: English NC En1 11a, En1 11b , History 6d

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16: Titanic Poetry

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Chn read a letter-poem based on a boy’s invite to go on the Titanic & discuss his excitement in relation to historical fact. Chn write own versions of letters as invitees aboard Titanic & also hear famous poem SS Titanic.

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

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