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Learn about the countries and capitals of the UK. Learn fundamental information, key geographical vocabulary and important skills such as using maps, atlases and globes. Learn through a series of creative activities such as puppet show presentations, individual ‘family trees’ , a class ‘Breakfast Club’ that celebrates the diversity of all the children, putting on a castle inspired art exhibition, taking part in your own ‘We are Great Britain’ conference and sharing a final GB Bakery celebration!
Celebrate family history and culture. Share your family story, your interests, hobbies and family traditions. Find out what the different cultures represented in the class eat for breakfast and have a class ‘Breakfast Club’ that celebrates the diversity of all.
This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.
Look closely at yourself, colour mix paint to create a realistic self-portrait, Guess Who? Research your family to discover interesting facts/stories that ‘flavour’ your life.
Complete self-portrait and share how your family is unique.
Tell others about your family’s story. Write speech bubble to create dynamic display.
A surprise visit from a knight in armour inspires the creation of shields, symbolising the interests, hobbies and family traditions. Hear about King John and Magna Carta.
What do the different cultures represented in the class eat for breakfast? Write invitations to find out.
Families provide typical breakfasts, and children all eat together in a decorated classroom to celebrate diversity in the classroom.
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