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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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Space Topic Overview

This exciting topic is guaranteed to motivate everyone. There is a wide range of art, music & drama activities as well as fantastic science & history ideas. Many ICT links are given - websites & simulations - with innovative D & T activities as well.

 
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01: Elton John’s Rocket Man in Space

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What is it like out in Space? Chn look at image of lone astronaut & listen to Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’. They respond to music & words by writing speech & thoughts in first person, to explain the astronaut’s feelings.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1a, 1c, 2b
  • Music 3a, 3b
  • Range: English NC En3 9a , Music 5b, 5e

You will need

  • Recording of Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’.

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02: Blast-Off into Space: Compositions

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Work as a class to create a ‘Blast Off!’ Composition, recreating key sounds you would hear at each stage of a launch. Chn explore the musical element ‘pitch’, when considering how the rocket travels up into Space & back down to Earth.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Music 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 4b
  • Range: Music 5a, 5b, 5c

You will need

  • Variety of tuned & untuned percussion instruments, e.g. xylophones, metallophones, chime bars, wood blocks, drums, tambours, cymbals etc.

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03: Copland - Musical Moon Walks

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This music session encourages chn to listen attentively & reflect on music they hear. They listen to Fanfare For The Common Man, making a drawn & written response to its style & mood. Chn are told about how this music will be used for Dance in S4.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Music 4a, 4b
  • Range: Music 5b, 5e

You will need

  • Recordings of: Fanfare For The Common Man by Aaron Copland plus one of the following: Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller, Moon River by Henry Mancini (from ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’).

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04: ‘Moon Walk’ Dance

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Following on from S3, chn use Fanfare For The Common Man as a musical stimulus for creating & performing a dance telling the story of an astronaut’s preparation, launch, landing & walk on the Moon’s surface.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Music 3b
  • PE 2a
  • Range: Music 5a , PE 5a, 6a, 6b

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05: N_F Plan 9 Information texts weeks 5 - 6

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Chn look at the structure of information texts & write an entry about an alien creature suitable for a chn’s encyclopaedia. They then look at conjunctions & research a planet in order to write an information booklet for future visitors to that planet.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Literacy 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12b, 1a, 1c, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 7a, 7c, 7d, 8c, 9a, 9c, 9d, 9e

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05: Solar System Planet Mobiles

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Chn find out about Earth's position in the Solar System. They are introduced to the other planets of the Solar System & learn how these are grouped into ‘Inner’ & ‘Outer’ Solar Systems. Chn follow instructions to create a Solar System Mobile.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • DesignAndTechnology 1b, 2b, 2c, 2d, 3a
  • Science4: Physical Processes 4a, 4d (adapted)
  • Range: Design and Technology 5c , Science 1a

You will need

  • Copies of instructions printed from ‘Enchanted Learning’ website; Cardboard / polystyrene discs (such as those from frozen pizzas), coloured papers, scissors, tape, string, compasses.

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06: Planet Top Trumps!

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This fun session helps chn to collect facts & figures about planets, putting them to practical use in a game they will be familiar with – Top Trumps! Chn use websites & reference books to collect key info, then make their own Top Trumps cards.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • ICT 1a, 1b, 3a, 3b
  • Science4: Physical Processes 4a, 4d (adapted)
  • Range: ICT 5b , Science 1a

You will need

  • Sets of different ‘Top Trump®’ cards (ask chn to bring in any they have at home).

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07: Planet Venus Watercolours

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In this session, chn learn about the unfriendly planet of Venus. They look closely at scientist’s camera image of the planet through gas clouds, observing shape, line & colours. These observations are applied to creating a watercolour image of Venus.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Art 1b, 2a, 2b
  • Science4: Physical Processes 4a, 4d (adapted)
  • Range: Art 5a, 5c , Science 1a

You will need

  • Magellan, NASA image of Venus (large postcards or posters – usually available from Science Museums); Watercolour paper cut into large circles, watercolour paints, water, range of brush sizes.

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08: Visit Planet Mars: Captain’s Log

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Mars – the red planet – destination for this session! Chn find out about Mars, its characteristics & previous missions to explore its surface. They work in pairs, straight onto the computer, to complete a Captain’s log Entry for visiting this planet.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • ICT 2a, 3a, 3b
  • Science4: Physical Processes 4a, 4d (adapted)
  • Range: ICT 5b , Science 1a

You will need

  • Recording of ‘Mars’ from The Planet Suite by Holst.

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09: Giant Planet Jupiter

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Chn explore the largest planet in our Solar System – Giant Jupiter. They learn facts, listen to Holst’s Jupiter from ‘The Planet Suite’ & relate what they hear to its nature. Chn study Jupiter’s ‘marbled’ surface & create their own marbled planets.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Art 1b, 2a, 2b
  • Music 3b, 4b
  • Range: Art 5a, 5c , Music 5e

You will need

  • Objects made from marble; Examples of marbled-paper; Equipment to make marbled-paper: assorted colours of marbling inks, plain white paper, large deep tray, water, vinegar, newspaper, cocktail sticks & old pencils.

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10: Planet Saturn’s Rings

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Attention turns to the other giant of the Solar System – Saturn. After finding out about Saturn’s famous rings, chn use ‘comb painting’ effects to recreate images of them. They evaluate their work, selecting & framing the most effective parts.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Art 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a
  • Science4: Physical Processes 4d (adapted)
  • Range: Art 5a, 5c , Science 1a

You will need

  • Ready-mix paints, art paper, variety of plastic combs, similar objects or cardboard cut with a zigzag edge, sand, sugar & fine glitter, ‘cut-out’ frames of varying sizes.

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11: Discovery of Planet Uranus

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In this session, chn learn out about the planet Uranus. They find out who discovered it & how it was the first to be discovered using a ‘telescope’. Chn also explore how it was named, before creating their own information page to present the facts.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • History 1b, 2c, 5c
  • Science4: Physical Processes 4a, 4d (adapted)
  • Range: History 11b , Science 1a

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11a: Space Postcards From a Planet

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Chn bring in postcards received. They discuss why people send postcards, what they tell the reader & how they are set out. Chn imagine sending a postcard home from a planet in Space. Their message describes the location & draws on factual knowledge.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1a, 1d, 1e
  • Science4: Physical Processes 4d (adapted)
  • Range: English NC En3 12 , Science 1a

You will need

  • A variety of postcards that have been written & sent (ask chn to bring in advance).

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12: Planets Neptune & Pluto: Ice Art!

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Prepare for some freezing fun! This theme concludes with a rather exciting & unusual session exploring planets of the Outer Solar System. Chn work in small groups to create their own ‘Ice Planet’!

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Art 2a, 3a
  • Science4: Physical Processes 4a, 4d (adapted)
  • Range: Art 5b , Science 1a

You will need

  • Round bowls (preferably plastic / flexible), water, bags of ready-made ice cubes, pipettes, food colourings, Access to a freezer.

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