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Welcome to the Topics planning area of our site! You will find a wide selection of Topics with resources for each of the age ranges Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) and Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6).

Click on View KS1, LKS2 or UKS2 to see which Topics are available for your chosen age range and a short description of each Topic. Each Topic has an Overview document, a list of Objectives covered and the resources you will need to collect for each session.

Some Literacy Units have been written to teach alongside particular Topics. They can be found here alongside the relevant Theme. The Topic Theme Chart shows how they link in with the overall planning.

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01: N Plan 1 Myths & legends Weeks 1 - 2

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Study the features of myths & legends using various stories about the creation of the Earth, Moon, Sun & stars. Investigate the use of paragraphs.Chn retell one myth using cartoon strips & then role play, before writing their own creation myth.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Literacy 10a, 10b, 11b, 12b, 1a, 1c, 4a, 4b, 6a, 6b, 6c, 7a, 7c, 8a, 8b, 8c, 9a, 9b, 9c, 9e
  • Range: English NC En2 8f, En1 11a, En3 9a

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01: Planet Earth - Top Facts

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This introductory session encourages chn to think about where they are – from school, to town, to country, to – finally – our planet, Earth. Using Earth and The Universe & a BBC website, they explore & collect ‘Top Facts’ about this special planet.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Geography 2a, 3a, 3d
  • Range: Geography 6c, 7a

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02. Planet Earth - Making Prints

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Chn continue to make observations about what our planet looks like. Using satellite images of Earth, they consider where land & water can be found & key colours they can see. This knowledge becomes the stimulus for creating own Planet Earth prints.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Art 1b, 2a
  • Geography 2d, 3b
  • Range: Art 5a, 5c , Geography 7a

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  • Satellite images / posters of Earth. Large white paper circles; brown, red, green, blue & white paints (or primary cols & white to mix own) mat's to print with such as large & small sponges, cotton wool, scourers, wire wool, scrunched plastic bags etc.

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03. Locate It! Continents and Oceans

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This session compares the presentation of our planet as both a 3D globe & a flat world map. By unpeeling a clementine, chn consider how its shape becomes slightly distorted when flattened. Chn learn to locate the 7 continents & name oceans on own maps.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Geography 2c, 2e, 3b, 3c
  • Range: Geography 7a

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  • Globe, large World Map, a clementine! Earth and The Universe, Copies of NC KS2 World Map outline.

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04. Our Planet’s Record Breakers

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A fun session in which chn use www.guinnessworldrecords.com to discover facts & figures about Record Breakers of the Natural World – such as the highest mountain, longest river, largest island & highest waterfall. Chn use ICT for geographical enquiry.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Geography 2f, 3a, 3f
  • ICT 1a
  • Range: Geography 7a , ICT 5b

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  • A Guinness Book of Records, large class world map.

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05. Day and Night on Planet Earth

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Through practical demonstrations with a globe & desk lamp, chn learn about how day & night occur. They create drawings & written explanations to show their understanding. Chn consider which countries are in darkness when it is day in the UK & vice versa.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Science1: Scientific Enquiry 1a, 2h
  • Science4: Physical Processes 4a, 4c
  • Range: Science 1a, 2a

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  • Globe, desk lamp, small plastic figure (e.g. playmobil), blutac, Poems For Year 4.

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06. Years, Months, Seasons

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Chn act out movement of the Earth & Moon around the Sun using a tennis ball, marble & beachball to assist understanding of how years, months & seasons occur on Earth. A BBC Schools website is then used for pair research to answer given questions.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • ICT 1b, 2c
  • Science1: Scientific Enquiry 1a, 2h
  • Science4: Physical Processes 4d
  • Range: ICT 5b , Science 1a, 2a

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  • Beachball, tennis ball & marble.

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07: N_F Plan 2 Explanation Weeks 7 - 8

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Chn read one fun narrative & several more serious non-fiction explanation texts & identify features used. They explore an animated text & write an explanatory text with hyperlinks. Study the part played by paragraphs, suffixes, connectives & pictures.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Literacy 10a, 10b, 11a, 12b, 1a, 1c, 3a, 3b, 6b, 6c, 7a, 7b, 7c, 7d, 7e, 8a, 8b, 8c, 9a, 9c, 9d, 9e
  • Range: English NC En1 10b, En2 9b, En3 9b

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07. Structure of The Earth

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What is beneath our feet? Chn learn about Earth’s structure. To demonstrate the layers, a Scotch egg is dissected & its constituent parts related to the crust, mantle, outer & inner cores! Chn create labelled ‘collage’ diagram to show understanding.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Geography 4b
  • Science3: Materials and their Properties 1d
  • Science4: Physical Processes 4a
  • Range: Geography 7b , Science 1a, 1c

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  • A scotch egg & a sharp knife! Blue, brown & red paper, tinfoil, scissors & glue.

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07a: Journey To The Center of the Earth

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Class read news article telling of Japanese Scientists’ aim to be the first to drill down to reach the Earth’s Mantle. Chn imagine travelling on a fictional, dangerous journey to Earth’s Core. Ideas are planned as a class, before writing stories in pairs.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 2a, 2b
  • Science3: Materials and their Properties 1d
  • Science4: Physical Processes 4a
  • Range: English NC En3 9a , Science 1a, 1c

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08. Field Study – Rocks Around Us

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The Earth is made from rocks, so chn begin to explore some of the rocks around us. By using an outdoor location & everyday objects / buildings made from rock, chn examine rocks with magnifying glasses, before describing, drawing & grouping them.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Science1: Scientific Enquiry 2h
  • Science3: Materials and their Properties 1a, 1d
  • Range: Science 1a, 2a

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  • Arrange visit to Field Study Centre or other interesting outside location. Collection of rocks of various sizes & types, items made from rocks, magnifying glasses.

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08a. Field Study – Testing Rocks

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Following work done in S8, chn watch a series of tests on different rocks, using a simulation website. They then set up & carry out their own fair tests to explore whether rocks are permeable, how easily they wear away & if they can float.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Science1: Scientific Enquiry 2a, 2d, 2e, 2g
  • Science3: Materials and their Properties 1a, 1d
  • Range: Science 1d, 2b

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  • Bowls of water, pipettes, cups of water, sheets of rough sandpaper, samples of rock to test, including chalk, pumice & slate – add any others.

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09. Field Study – Examining Soils

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Chn consider ‘What is soil?’ They collect & test samples of different soils from the local environment (clay, sandy, peaty, loamy) to find out their type, using the BBC ‘How To Be A Gardener’ website for reference.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Science1: Scientific Enquiry 2b, 2h
  • Science3: Materials and their Properties 1d
  • Range: Science 1a, 2b

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  • Arrange visit to Field Study Centre or other interesting outside location Buckets / trays full of samples of different soils (clay, sandy, peaty, loamy) - or spades for digging out own samples from local environment.

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09a. Field Study – Separating Soils

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Chn use dried soil samples from S9. They explore best ways of separating each soil into its ‘ingredients’, using colanders & sieves of diff grades. Chn draw & label ingredients found, in order of particle size. Class creates a Recipe for how to make soil.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Science1: Scientific Enquiry 2a, 2e, 2f
  • Science3: Materials and their Properties 1d, 3a
  • Range: Science 1d, 2b

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  • Dry soil samples, labeled loam, sandy etc, small bowls or paper cups for separating ‘ingredients’ , large range of colanders & sieves of different grades , ‘home-made’ sieves, which you can prepare by pushing different size holes through bottoms of tubs.

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10. Earth In Danger

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Chn talk about information given in Earth and The Universe about dangers threatening Earth. They create posters & leaflets about Global Warming & Acid Rain, explaining how each has occurred & suggesting what people can do to prevent further damage.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Geography 5a, 5b
  • Science2: Life Processes and Living Things 5a
  • Range: Geography 6e , Science 1a

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  • A4 paper folded into thirds, to create blank leaflet formats.

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11: N Plan 3 Clarice Bean Weeks 11 - 12

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Study two books about Clarice Bean by Lauren Child. Look at the layout of text & her use of collage in illustrations. Chn draw a poster, create their own character & write a story in which the character helps the environment in the LC style.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Literacy 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b, 4a, 4b, 4c, 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 7b, 7c, 7e, 8b, 9a, 9b, 9c, 9e
  • Range: English NC En1 11a, En1 10b, En3 9b

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11. Clarice Bean’s Campaigns: Saving Planet Earth

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After reading What Planet Are You From Clarice Bean? & exploring Clarice’s fun & wacky world, chn consider her campaigns & favourite ways to save the planet. They use the collage-style illustrations as inspiration for own ‘eco-collage’.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Art 2a, 2c, 4a, 4b
  • Geography 5a, 5b
  • Range: Art 5d, 5c , Geography 6e

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  • Materials for ‘eco-collages’ – A3 paper, glue, scissors, fabrics, magazines, newspapers & leaflets to cut up, real leaves, food labels etc. Ask chn (in advance) to bring in photographs of themselves that they can cut up & use in their eco-collages.

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12. Protecting Our Planet

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This concluding session explores a ‘kids for saving Earth’ website to find out about practical, everyday things chn can do to help the environment. Chn send an email to a friend or relative explaining how they can help ‘do their bit’ to protect Earth.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Geography 5a, 5b
  • ICT 1a, 3a
  • Range: Geography 6e , ICT 5b

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