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Block D - Festivals of Light

Learn about special celebrations in the community and in the wider world. Through a series of exciting activities, discover the different ways we celebrate – and the many different things those celebrations can be about!

Reflect on the symbolism of light; learn about significant festivals of light such as Hannukah, Diwali and Eid-ul-Fitr. Make Menorahs, Diva lights, Eid cards and create a fabulous firework light dance to finish the block with a bang.

The Topic Overview outlines the outcomes and objectives of the whole topic, with more specific detail, including resources lists, provided in the Block Overview.

This Topic is written for Reception. 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.

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01: Hanukkah

Investigate mystery objects, light an oil lamp, listen to the story of Hanukkah and make potato latkes!

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02: Diwali

Learn about Rama and Sita by singing `There was a Princess Long Ago´ and act out the story. Make Rangoli patterns with coloured salt and create beautiful Diva lights.

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03: Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr

Sit on an imaginary prayer mat and face Mecca. Learn about being a Muslim, Ramadan and the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr.

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04: Firework and light dance

Finish the block with a bang by creating an explosive firework dance. Listen to a firework poem and become Rockets and Catherine wheels twirling and whirling in the sky.

Block C - Our Homes

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.

Children use the poem ‘My House’ to think about their home, and then the other types of buildings in the locality; if they were to build their own home like the 3 Little Pigs had to, what materials would they use?

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.

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01: My house

Use the poem by Moria Andrews to focus on children’s homes. Children write own poem to compile into Class Book. Think about other types of buildings and set up Estate Agent role play area. Mystery – was that a Little Pig?

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02: Where do you live?

Use Google earth and hand drawn map of the local area around the school to locate homes and significant local buildings. Mystery - was that a second Little Pig?

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03: I-Spy around my locality

Significant places in the locality; draw routes to show how to reach them from our homes. Mystery Little Pig inserts his route into plenary!

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04: It's the Three Little Pigs!

Ah, no longer a mystery! It was The Three Little Pigs! Use this well-known Traditional Tale to investigate local building materials and those used around the world. 

Block B - Special Birthdays

Learn about special celebrations in the community and in the wider world. Through a series of exciting activities, discover the different ways we celebrate – and the many different things those celebrations can be about!

Find out about the special birthdays we celebrate in our communities. Learn about Guru Nanak’s birthday and how Sikh’s celebrate; discover Wesak, the most important of the Buddhist festivals, that marks the Buddha’s birthday; reflect on Christmas, the birthday of Jesus, and special Christmas customs. Create a birthday event with party hats, decorations, food and entertainment.

The Topic Overview outlines the outcomes and objectives of the whole topic, with more specific detail, including resources lists, provided in the Block Overview.

This Topic is written for Reception. 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.

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01: Guru Nanak's Birthday - A Sikh Festival

Children will open the story sack to discover what they are learning about. Read `A Birthday to Celebrate´ and learn about Guru Nanak and why he is special. Jump into a Gurdwara and learn about what happens there.

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02: Wesak - A Buddhist Festival

Children will take part in a meditation activity. They will listen to the story of the Bodhi tree, make mandala art, lanterns and lotus lamps!

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03: Christmas - A Christian Festival

Children will listen to the Christmas Story and talk about the birth of Jesus. They will make their own Nativity scenes, St Nicholas glass biscuits and sing Christmas songs around Santa´s sleigh.

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04: Special birthdays in the community

Host a very special birthday celebration for the oldest person in the community. Showcase past work and prepare for a special birthday party!

Block A - Celebrating Me

Learn about special celebrations in the community and in the wider world. Through a series of exciting activities, discover the different ways we celebrate – and the many different things those celebrations can be about!

Meet `Maisy Mouse´, listen to a story and think about what makes you special. Investigate birth months, the days of the week and make simple pictograms. How do you celebrate your birthdays? Do you have a party? Plan a surprise party for someone special in school.

The Topic Overview outlines the outcomes and objectives of the whole topic, with more specific detail, including resources lists, provided in the Block Overview.

This Topic is written for Reception. 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.

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01: Magical Me!

Children are introduced to Maisy Mouse; Maisy tells children a story about being special. Afterwards children will think about what makes them and members of their family special.

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02: Happy Birthday!

Children find a mystery present and think about what the occasion could be. They consider why birthdays are celebrated; look through a keyhole into another child´s life to see how they celebrate.

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03: Special Birthdays

All aboard the birthday train! Children will go on an adventure to `Birthday Land´. What will they discover on the way? Back to class for a birthday themed Maths session!

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04: Planning a celebration

Surprise! Children will read about Alfie´s birthday surprise, and then prepare for a secret surprise for someone special in school.

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05: Let's celebrate!

Children will make the final party preparations, wait for the special guest to arrive and share their achievements.

Block D - Gardens

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.

Children build upon their knowledge of plants and growing. Learn what plants need to grow, why our natural spaces are important and visit a local garden. Buzz with excitement as you learn about bees, get the chance to grow some bee friendly plants and create your own small world gardens!

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.

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01: Inspiring spaces

Children will begin these sessions being inspired by the painting Dream of Arcadia. They will learn about conservation and be encouraged to think about natural spaces around their local area.

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02: Through the window

Children will go on a picture journey with the story `Window´ then find out what´s outside their classroom window. They will visit a local garden learning what grows in the local area.

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03: Save the bees!

Children will plant an imaginary seed in their class garden; they will learn why bees are so important and grow some bee friendly plants.

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04: Mary, how does your garden grow?

Children will meet Mary, examine seeds and learn what they need to grow. They will create their own small world gardens and display their work in a class garden centre.

Block E - The Park

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.

Through a series of lively activities children will build upon their knowledge of parks in their local area. With the help of Steve Backshall they will explore features of parks and develop their geographical skills. Children will make a park model and present their research and findings in a park exhibition!

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.

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01: Children playing in the park

Steve Backshall introduces the sessions and the class challenge: To research their local park and how to improve it! Children begin by examining the painting Children in the Park by Paul Dupuy, exploring the features of parks and their likes and dislikes.

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02: Let's go to the park - field work

Visit the local park. Start with a scavenger hunt, use maps, compass points and directional language to explore the grounds. Make a vox-pop video and test the playground!

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03: Park maps

Children get to grips with maps! Steve teaches children about map symbols and keys. Children make a map of their local park and help a toy find some treasure!

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04: Improving the park

Children will use straws, cardboard, wool and tape to make human/physical features for a park model.

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05: Park exhibition

Children will present their research and work Steve Backshall style- with enthusiasm! They will think about how they can campaign to change an aspect of their local park.

Block B - Our Playground

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.

Learn about playgrounds with Dora the explorer. Gather information through field work, orienteering, measuring and map activities. Explore playgrounds in other parts of the world and learn a playground game. Draw pictures of your ideal playground and campaign for a playground improvement.

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.

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01: Explore playgrounds with Dora

Children meet Dora the explorer. Dora has been learning all about playgrounds and has travelled the world collecting information. Children will travel the globe with Dora, they will examine playgrounds in other locations, show Dora their playground games and learn new ones along the way.

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02: Learn about playgrounds with Dora

Dora wants to learn all about your school playground! Children will take part in a series of engaging playground activities and field work.

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03: Draw playgrounds with Dora

Dora asks children what their ideal playground would look like. Children will think about creating an outside space with places to think, learn and exercise. They will draw pictures of their ideal playground and present their work to the School Council for a simple change to be made.

Block A - Our School

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.

Rosie the Hen takes a walk around the farmyard and then takes a second walk around our school! Plot a route for her and then answer her questions about the unique history of the school and its locality before carrying out a travel and traffic survey to answer more of Rosie’s questions.

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.

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01: Rosie's first walk

Bossy puppet gives directions and/or instructions to create a route. Children devise own route and record as a plan.  ‘Rosie’s Walk’ by Pat Hutchins.

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02: Rosie's second walk

Rosie takes a 2nd walk around our school!  She’s occasionally a little naughty and might run in the corridor, skip around the hall or knock on HT’s door and run away! Devise a route for Rosie.

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03: Rosie's questions

Can we answer Rosie’s questions about our school? But first we have to go on an egg hunt to find the questions, hidden in the outside learning area!

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04: I-Spy!

Invite visitors to share their local knowledge of school. Produce ‘I Spy’ booklets to highlight historical or geographical features of our school.

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05: Travel to school survey

Rosie’s noticed none of the children have wings – how do they get to school? They obviously can’t fly (as Rosie would!)

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06: Traffic survey

Rosie’s received a letter from a friend who is coming to visit! Friend doesn’t drive – how can they get to school? Which vehicles drive past our school?

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07: Time machine!

Wow! Rosie’s friend owns a time machine! Friend’s next visit is to the future! What will the schools be like then?

Block M - Host Country

Are you excited about a major sports tournament that is about to start? This topic takes the inspiration of a range of major sports including football, rugby, athletics, cycling, tennis and cricket to generate some fantastic learning opportunities. Learn about the origins and development of popular sports and their most important tournaments over time and stimulate some fantastic history learning. Find out about where sporting tournaments are taking place and which countries will be taking part and prompt some impressive geography learning. Research and discuss the values upheld by different sporting organisations; stage your own class tournaments and hone your PE skills. You will find a host of creative learning activities within these 12 blocks that capitalise on the energy and enthusiasm that great sports events stimulate.

Look at a host country or a country taking part in a tournament and find out about its location in the world, its main cities and geographical features; explore the country. Research what life would be like for a child in the country you are studying, experience some of the foods eaten there and the languages spoken.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. 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.

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01: Researching a country

Look at a host country or a country taking part in a tournament and find out about its location in the world, its main cities and geographical features. Explore the country using Google Earth and Google Maps. This session includes a case study of Brazil (host nation for 2014 FIFIA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games).

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02: A day in the life

Research what life would be like for a child in the country you are studying, experience some of the foods eaten there and the languages spoken. Present that information in a 'Day in the Life of' documentary. This session continues the case study of Brazil, giving examples of Brazilian food recipes and what it would be like to live as a child in a Brazilian city and a remote part of the Amazon jungle.

Block L - Tour de France

Are you excited about a major sports tournament that is about to start? This topic takes the inspiration of a range of major sports including football, rugby, athletics, cycling, tennis and cricket to generate some fantastic learning opportunities. Learn about the origins and development of popular sports and their most important tournaments over time and stimulate some fantastic history learning. Find out about where sporting tournaments are taking place and which countries will be taking part and prompt some impressive geography learning. Research and discuss the values upheld by different sporting organisations; stage your own class tournaments and hone your PE skills. You will find a host of creative learning activities within these 12 blocks that capitalise on the energy and enthusiasm that great sports events stimulate.

Look at the history of the Tour de France and how it compares to the modern event. Learn something of the areas the Tour travels through and find out what it is like to compete in the modern Tour. Take a look behind the scenes at the support teams involved, and consider the importance of teamwork to enable success.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. 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.

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01: The route

Look at the history of the Tour de France and how it compares to the modern event. Become familiar with the route on a map and learn something of the areas the Tour travels through. Make an origami Tour jersey.

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02: The race

Find out what it is like to compete in the modern Tour by getting to know the riders of Team Sky. Take a look behind the scenes at the support teams involved, and consider the importance of teamwork to enable success. Make cycling energy bars with instructions by Simon Richardson, British professional cyclist.