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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!
Take an aerial trip around Great Britain in a hot air balloon and discover the main mountains and major hill summits in each country. Investigate the class’s favourite snacks to pack for a hill walk or mountain climb. Design and create summit sculptures and make a brochure using art and writing skills. Leave the classroom for a ‘climb’, singing songs until you reach a ‘summit’ marked by sculptures. Sit on picnic rugs and enjoy eating your favourite snacks. Listen to a story, then join in singing games before retreating back down to the classroom.
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.
Float through the sky in a hot air balloon – what can you see? Compare images and identify buildings and locate these on a map using symbols.
Learn about the highest peaks in each of the 4 nations of the UK. Sing about mountain climbing. Decide what to pack for lunch by compiling pictograms and block graphs.
How do we know when we’ve reached the summit? From triangulation pillars to more elaborate cairns – what would you design? Take inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy and Antony Gormley.
Produce a brochure detailing advice for walkers: safety; equipment; what to wear; tips and hints. Add pictures to inspire weary walkers to make it to the summit.
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