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Study people who have made significant contributions both nationally and internationally. Be inspired by their achievements and try some projects in the same areas of expertise such as art, music, leadership, science, mathematics and invention. Be inspired by these role models, to dream of what you might achieve in the future. Choose famous people from the following broad historical eras: Tudor and Renaissance times (T), Victorian and early Modern times (V), Early Twentieth Century (E) and Late Twentieth /Early Twentieth Century (L). Each block will allow you to explore one or two changes in aspects of everyday life.
Be inspired by the lives of William Shakespeare and J. K. Rowling. Compare their timelines, and compare the technologies they would have used to write their books. Study fantasy characters the authors created and make your own fantasy stories about a magical object. Learn about the café where Rowling wrote and create a writers’ café in the classroom. Discuss what you would write, before making your own books and writing your own fantastic stories.
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.
Learn about the lives of Shakespeare and JK Rowling. Meet 2 fantasy characters. Create a fantasy character.
Learn more about Shakespeare, his work and his world. Compare technologies used by a writer in the 16th-17th century and now.
Learn more about how Shakespeare wrote his plays and J. K. Rowling wrote her books. Make a simple quill pen and experiment with writing with it.
Study the story of Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. Work as a group to create a story/play about a magic object.
Improvise a short story about someone who has found a magic object.
Learn more about the life and writing of J. K. Rowling. Learn about The Elephant House café in Edinburgh. Create own writers’ café.
Discuss writing own book. Make a book to fill with magical stories.
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