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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.
Children use the poem ‘My House’ to think about their home, and then the other types of buildings in the locality; if they were to build their own home like the 3 Little Pigs had to, what materials would they use?
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.
Use the poem by Moria Andrews to focus on children’s homes. Children write own poem to compile into Class Book. Think about other types of buildings and set up Estate Agent role play area. Mystery – was that a Little Pig?
Use Google earth and hand drawn map of the local area around the school to locate homes and significant local buildings. Mystery - was that a second Little Pig?
Significant places in the locality; draw routes to show how to reach them from our homes. Mystery Little Pig inserts his route into plenary!
Ah, no longer a mystery! It was The Three Little Pigs! Use this well-known Traditional Tale to investigate local building materials and those used around the world.
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