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This is a lively and fun topic to teach children fieldwork and observational skills as they study the geography of their schools, the grounds and the key human and physical features of the surrounding environment. We have included a final Block to help children compare their local area knowledge with a small area in Kenya.
Learn about playgrounds with Dora the explorer. Gather information through field work, orienteering, measuring and map activities. Explore playgrounds in other parts of the world and learn a playground game. Draw pictures of your ideal playground and campaign for a playground improvement.
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.
Children meet Dora the explorer. Dora has been learning all about playgrounds and has travelled the world collecting information. Children will travel the globe with Dora, they will examine playgrounds in other locations, show Dora their playground games and learn new ones along the way.
Dora wants to learn all about your school playground! Children will take part in a series of engaging playground activities and field work.
Dora asks children what their ideal playground would look like. Children will think about creating an outside space with places to think, learn and exercise. They will draw pictures of their ideal playground and present their work to the School Council for a simple change to be made.
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