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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.

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Keen to be Green Topic Overview

Look at world concerns of global warming, climate change, green issues & eco-footprints. Use the WEEE Man sculpture as a stimulus, try the Good Life, consider food miles, then become Planet Protectors by recycling & spreading the green message!

 
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01: P Plan 1 Finding a Voice Weeks 1 - 2

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Read a range of poems about ‘saving the planet’ & identify the features used to get the poet’s message across to the reader. Clarify the meaning of some harder poems. Write a poem based on the structure of one read, then research an issue & write a poem.

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

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01: Worries About Our World

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What are the key ‘green’ issues reported in the media? Do children worry about the future of the planet? Design a survey to gauge opinion on green issues. Interview a friend & compile a list of the ‘BIG WORRIES’ that keep children awake at night.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1e, 2b, 2e
  • Geography 1a, 1b, 1d, 2a
  • Range: English NC En1 8b, En1 9c , Geography 6e, 7b

You will need

  • Access to computer & the Internet. CBBC Newsround website. Paper, pencils. Large map of the world drawn on paper/OHP sheet.

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01a: Hitting The Headlines

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What are the ‘green’ headlines this week? Scan newspapers & online news services for the latest in environmental news. File a ‘News Watch’ report to record details of the story & location of the issue. Set up a ‘Green Issues in the News’ display!

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Geography 1a, 1b, 2f
  • ICT 1a, 1b
  • Range: Geography 6e, 7b , ICT 5a

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  • Local & national newspapers / Newspaper clippings related to the environment. Large map of the world. Access to computer & the Internet. Paper, pencils. Pinboard area for display. Heading “Green Issues in the News” for pinboard.

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02: Global Warming

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‘Climate Change’ & ‘Global Warming’ are words heard in the news each day & key threats to the health & future of the planet. Research terms & present understandings as a poster/slideshow to clearly define the cause & effects of climate change.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1a, 1e, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e
  • Geography 1a, 1e, 2a, 2d, 2f
  • Range: English NC En3 9b, En3 10 , Geography 6e, 7b

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  • Pinboard display of newspaper/internet clippings: “Green Issues in the News”. Access to computer & the Internet.

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03: N Plan 2 Superheroes Weeks 3 - 4

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Inspire chn with two rhyming stories about Michael Recycle to create their own superhero & write an adventure to help save Planet Earth! Characters swop roles in The Three Little Pigs with an environmental theme. Chn write a new version of a fairy tale.

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

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03: Hole In The Ozone Layer

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Satellite images of planet Earth & the hole in the ozone are visually quite spectacular. Find the link between the hole in the ozone & global warming. Select a suitable art medium & reproduce this colourful image as a 2D or 3D model.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Art 1c, 2a
  • Geography 1a, 1b, 2d, 2f
  • Range: Art 5a, 5b, 5c , Geography 6e, 7b

You will need

  • Access to computer & the web. Art smocks, paper/plastic to protect table surface. Glue & round balloons for papier mâché. Paper for 2D artwork. Art materials. Tissue paper – various pastel colours. PVA glue (diluted with water). Spray gloss sealant.

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04: Planet Under Pressure

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Our planet is not as healthy as it could be! Greenhouse gases have contributed to global warming & climate change. Look at ‘before’ & ‘after’ images of 6 world locations & interview locals to see the devastating results of a planet under pressure.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1b, 1e, 2e
  • Geography 2c, 2d, 3a, 3d
  • Range: English NC En1 8b, En1 9a , Geography 6e, 7b

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  • Access to computer & the Internet. World map. Post-it® notes. Paper, pencils Tables, chairs, microphone, lights, dress-ups to create a “TV studio” set.

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04a: A Changing World

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So what could happen? Climate change & global warming will have an impact on our planet. ‘Visit’ locations around the world to see examples of the kinds of weather that may be more common as Earth heats up. Write a poem to describe the weather conditions.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2e
  • Geography 1c, 2c, 2d, 3e
  • Range: English NC En3 9a , Geography 6e, 7b

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  • Access to computer & the Internet. Paper, pencils.

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05: Research At The Met Office

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The Met Office team collect data that proves climate change. Look at the different categories of data & how weather & climate is measured. Write an application for a research position with the Met Office. What will you study? How will you collect data?

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Geography 2a, 2c, 2d
  • ICT 1a, 4b
  • Range: Geography 7b , ICT 5b, 5c

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  • Access to computer & the Internet. Paper, pencils.

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05a: Monitoring UK Climate

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Gather data from climate & weather websites for cities in the UK & cities in countries throughout the world. Use a data-handling program to create a spreadsheet & input the data to show average monthly rainfall & temperature for the past 10 years!

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

You will need

  • Access to computer & the Internet. Log into Bureau of Meteorology in cities/countries of interest for archival data. Access to approp data handling software e.g. RM Starting Graph / Microsoft Excel. World map. Post-it® notes.

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06: Interpreting The Evidence

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So what does all this data tell us? Look at how graphs can add to our understanding of data. Learn about the ‘auto’ functions of data-handling programs that assist in analysing data. Convert spreadsheets to graphical representations for easy access!

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Geography 2c, 2d, 2f
  • ICT 1b, 1c, 2a, 4b
  • Range: Geography 7b , ICT 5a, 5b

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  • Access to computer & the Internet. Access to approp data handling software e.g. RM Starting Graph / Microsoft Excel. Coloured printer. Large poster paper, felt markers.

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06a: UK Climate Change Predictions

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Use knowledge gained as part of the ‘Met Office Climate Research Team’ to make predictions for climate change in the UK. Write a report using text, graphics, graphs & images to present at the government’s ‘Get A Grip On Global Warming’ Forum!

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

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  • Access to computer & the Internet. Access to computer & Microsoft “PowerPoint” software. Paper, pencils.

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07: P Plan 3 Weather Weeks 7 - 8

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Read a range of poems about weather identifying features used for effect. Chn investigate spelling patterns & homophones & write an alliterative poem. Study poems using similes & metaphors, particularly personification & inspire chn to write their own.

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

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07: Weather Forecast 3012

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Compare all forms of weather forecasts & reports to find the type of information provided. Which reports do children & their families prefer & why? Use knowledge of UK climate change predictions to create a weather report for print media in the year 3012!

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

You will need

  • Access to computer & the Internet. TV & video/DVD recorder. Recordings of TV & radio weather forecasts from various channels recorded at different times of day. Variety of local / regional / national newspapers. Large paper, pencils, felt tip markers.

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08: And Now For The Weather…

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The daily TV and radio weather forecasts for the year 3012 are brought to you by climate experts from the Met Office! Plan & write a script for a weather report. Record or film the latest weather bulletin for national UK weather or present it ‘live’.

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

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  • Computer & web access. TV & video/DVD recorder. Cassette recorder with microphone or connection to PC/Ipod®. “PowerPoint” software. Recordings of TV/radio weather forecasts (As for S7). Recordings of music intros for TV/radio news/weather bulletins.

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09: N_F Plan 4 Newspaper Reports Weeks 9 - 11

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Analyse & try to emulate a TV news item on green issue. Explore structure & lay-out of news articles, who are likely interviewees & how this is recorded. Examine role of fact & opinion in journalism. Carry out research then write an article to publish.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Literacy 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12b, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 7c, 7e, 8b, 8c, 9a, 9c, 9d, 9e
  • Range: English NC En2 9b, En2 9c, En3 9b, En3 9d, En3 11

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09: Green Headlines & Taglines

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And now for the news! How do news editors grab your attention with so few words? Look at the use of headlines & discover the tricks of the trade as they use several well-known techniques to create an effective headline. Match headlines & stories.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 2a, 3a, 5f
  • Geography 1b, 2a, 2d
  • Range: English NC En2 9c , Geography 6e, 7b

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  • Collection of “green stories” from newspapers. Several sets of the “Matching headlines & stories” w/sheet copied onto card & cut into pieces for pairs to use as a game of “Concentration” to match pairs. Access to computer & publishing program.

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09a: News Article Analysis

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What makes a newspaper story? Analyse several news stories to find the key features of the genre. Record observations about layout & content of stories. Write a guide for newspaper reporters to ensure the quality control of latest breaking news articles!

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1a, 2c
  • Geography 1b, 2a, 2d
  • Range: English NC En2 9c , Geography 6e, 7b

You will need

  • List of environment issues collected in S1. Copy of “news” article for “Easy” group to analyse. Copies of recent green newspaper articles form local & national newspapers. Pencils, paper.

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10: Roving Green Reporter

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You are now a ‘roving green reporter’ for the national newspaper & your photographer has filed an alarming set of images & basic facts for you to research & follow up! Pack your bags & head off around the world to gather the facts & interview witnesses.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1a, 1d, 2a
  • Geography 1b, 2a, 2d
  • Range: English NC En3 9b, En3 9d , Geography 6e, 7b

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  • Access to computer & publishing programs. “Guide to writing a Newspaper Report” PowerPoint presentation from S9a. Pens, paper. World map. Post-it® notes.

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11: Going To Press

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It’s time to write your newspaper article. Use publishing software to create a perfect ‘copy’ for the print run. Add an attention-grabbing headline & readers will be hooked! Insert, enlarge, reduce or crop an image to support your story & add a caption.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1a, 1d, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e
  • ICT 2a
  • Range: English NC En3 9b, En3 9d, En3 10 , ICT 5b

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  • Access to computer & internet. Printer. Pens, paper. “Guide to writing a Newspaper Report” PowerPoint presentation from S9a. Completed research scaffolds from S9a.

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12: Closer To Home

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Think & act on local ‘green’ issues! Identify issues & concerns of the immediate area & consider how you might raise public awareness of the situation. Write a ‘Letter to the Editor’ of a local newspaper or produce an informative poster. Lobby for action!

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

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  • Local & national newspapers with “Letters to the Editor” columnsAccess to computer & publishing programs.

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12a: Local Paper Eco Supplement

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Take affirmative action & collectively work to publish an ‘Eco Supplement’ to report the main ‘green’ issues facing the planet. Raise the awareness of the school community & provide the information needed to ensure we “get a grip on global warming!”

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1a, 1d, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e
  • ICT 2a, 3a, 4b
  • Range: English NC En3 9b, En3 9c, En3 9d , ICT 5b

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  • “Rank & Reason” chart completed in S6a. Access to computer & publishing programs. Printer. Paper, pencils.

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