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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!
Consider all that you have learnt about the physical and human geography of the British Isles; learn about the best baked goods, drink, music and dance and finish with a celebration.
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 reflect on their learning, guided by teacher-led revisiting of main creative outcomes from each block and photos. Talking Partners discuss their favourite memory of ‘We Are Britain’ and contribute to a whole Class Scrapbook before making plans to pass on knowledge to an invited audience.
Active sessions in order to prepare for the celebrations: baking for ‘We Are Britain Bake Off’; planning questions for ‘Around We Are Britain Quiz’; compiling fun fact boxes for the displays; drawing maps of an imaginary, typical place in UK.
Time to learn 2 generic traditional country dances ‘Strictly We Are Britain Dancing’ to perform at the celebration and to practice a presentation of folk songs and a Blessing.
Consolidate and celebrate the learning throughout this block. Children host an invited audience to celebrate their learning by sampling traditional cakes, enjoying traditional dancing and music, taking part in the quiz.
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