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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!
Find out about seaside towns in each of the four countries of the UK and study the history of the seaside holiday. Learn about the coming of the railways and the start of the seaside holiday. Study the life in rock pools and coastal environments. Finish with group puppet show presentations about one of the seaside towns you have studied.
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.
All aboard! Travel to the seaside; learn through discovery by investigating different exploratory stations; make a group puppet theatre ready for the final performance.
Be transported back in time to 1851! Examine Ramsgate sands and compare it to the seaside today.
Back on the train; discuss history of trains through the image entitled The Railway Station; talk about Isambard Kingdom Brunel´s influence; travel to seaside town of Tenby in Wales, look at life in rock pools, wildlife at the seaside and go scuba diving!
Travel out to sea with a fishing boat- relax, fish and let your senses guide you. Find out what do people do to relax at the beach and begin preparations for the puppet show.
Travel by sea kayak and survey the coastal environments; perform a group presentation about a seaside town in assembly.
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