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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 this final Block to help children compare their local area knowledge with a small area in Kenya.
Country Mouse and City Mouse encourage children to learn about Kenya. Learn key geographical vocabulary and carry out map work. Build a picture of Kenya through a series of activities such as role play and hot seating, wellington gardens & making clay furniture. Gather research for an informative brochure and take part in `The City & Countryside Debate´.
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 will listen to the story `City Mouse and Country Mouse´ by John Wallner. They will look at images of Kenya´s cities and countryside then use websites to start a class brochure about Kenya.
Children will watch a clip about Nana, a child in urban Kenya, then through drama explore the similarities and differences between Nana´s life and their own.
Learn what daily life is like in the countryside of Kenya by meeting Evangeline, a child living on a farm in Naro Maru. Participate in `The City and Countryside Debate´ - it´s time to vote, but will children prefer?
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