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.
Learn about the history of cycling from the first road bikes of 1817 to the concept bikes of the present day; find out about the British cycling team and the development of cycling as a sport; design, build and race your very own mini concept bike.
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.
Learn about the history of cycling, what the first road bicycles looked like and how they have developed. Research members of the British cycling team and get to know what cycling for their country means to them. Design a concept bike and discuss improvements with peers.
Study a timeline of bike design and the development of off-road cycling as a sport. Get to know some Britons who partake in off-road cycling for their country and what that might mean for them. Start to build, from a design, a concept bike.
Design and make your own concept bike and be part of a downhill race of mini concept bikes. Recreate the spectator experience and cheer on the competitors. Understand what it may feel like to compete, wearing the GB team kit.
When did cricket become a professional sport with worldwide competitions? When did the Ashes start and why is it called that? What other cricket tournaments take place? Find out about these cricket tournaments in this block and finally hold your own Twenty20 cricket tournament!
Find out about the first official cricket club in Marylebone in London and how it used to rule cricket. Play a game of cricket using the first Code of Laws created in 1744.
Find out about the Men’s and Women's Ashes and World Cup. Take part in role-plays of some of the famous events from the early days of these tournaments.
Learn about Twenty20 cricket in preparation to play a game of it. Agree a code of conduct based on commonly held values that the class agree on.
Learn about the history of cricket: where it got its name, where was it invented and how has it changed over the centuries. From its origins as a children's game, it gained popularity as a game for adults and eventually the game spread from England to places that Britain took over as part of the British Empire, which was the basis for several controversies.
Research the history of cricket, including protective equipment, from historical drawings and sources. Discuss where you think cricket was invented. Play French cricket.
Explore the ramifications of the British Empire in terms of its effects on cricket and annotate a map with this historical information. Learn about the rivalry between India and Pakistan after Partition, and how South Africa was banned from competing over apartheid. Write speeches about the potential for sport to bring people together or increase competitiveness.
Make and play a cricket dice game to explore how maths is used in cricket to either present information using an appropriate graphical method or in working out batting and bowling averages to rank players and teams.
Play a game of cricket, modifying the rules as appropriate and given what children already know about managing the risk of playing this game. Keep track of batting scores to work out batting averages.
Be inspired by an upcoming athletics event. Use this block to teach children about the history of athletics and to make a timeline of key events, research specific aspects of athletic history, use hot-seating and role-play to learn about the achievements of Roger Bannister. Read motivational quotes from athletics and discuss what motivates athletes to succeed.
Create an overview of athletic history and research some specific aspects of athletic history. Learn about the achievements of Roger Bannister and his contribution to athletics, through hot-seating, role play and research.
Discuss what motivates athletes to succeed. Hot-seat Eric Liddell and explore what motivated him to run and to compete. Understand that athletes in the spotlight can have a significant impact on the culture around them for a variety of reasons.
Hot-seat Paula Radcliffe and understand her motivations to compete. Examine the skills needed by athletes and their training routines. Consider the attitude to health and diet that athletes have and make pledges to live a healthy lifestyle. Look at the variety of amateur athletics events and choose one to research and present to the class.
Focus on the Olympic games, look at their history and examine how the competitors prepared in those early days. Learn about the modern Olympic games and the values they try to uphold.
Look at the origins of the Olympic Games and explore the Ancient Greek culture of the day. Imagine what it would have been like for the first athletes as they prepared for competing - try the foods they ate, the rituals they participated in and make komboloi, Ancient Greek worry beads.
Find out about Baron Pierre de Coubertin and the part he played in establishing the modern Olympic Games. Explore Coubertin's beliefs that sport could bring peace and harmony among countries. Make origami Olympic rings and understand the significance of each ring.
Look at who supervises the Modern Olympic Games and how they decide the host nation for each Games. Reflect on the Olympic Ideal and the various events within the Olympic Movement. Make a collective Olympic torch in the style of London 2012 and reflect on the need for inclusion and teamwork.
Enjoy becoming dinosaur experts! Be immersed in imaginative dinosaur learning. Investigate fossil evidence; create your own dinosaurs; explore dinosaur landscapes and write your own class dinosaur story poem and map. Be inspired by the subject of dinosaur eating and create your own healthy dinosaur feast; learn about fossilised dinosaur eggs; speculate about dinosaur families and their behaviour; consider ideas about dinosaur communication and sounds; be inspired to make some dinosaur inspired instruments and music; learn about fossilised footprints and their sizes; make dinosaur feet, masks and costumes; create dinosaur dances, movements and routines for a final Dinosaur Stomp!
Listen to the story of Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs; spend time exploring all sorts of dinosaur maths including counting, measuring, weighing and sorting; learn dinosaur counting rhymes and make a class dinosaur inspired number line.
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.
Bring a surprise bucketful of dinosaurs into class and read ‘Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs’. Children make containers to fill with dinosaurs, to count, sort, compare.
Solve problems in the dinosaur shop and create a dinosaur themed class number line.
How many mini dinosaurs balance one large dinosaur? Measure and compare dinosaurs. Put in order of size, weight, height.
Harry has 6 dinosaurs – solve problems created when different dinosaurs get lost, invite friends round, share a picnic.
How did dinosaurs move? What is the evidence? Learn about fossilised footprints and their sizes; make dinosaur feet, masks and a cape; create dinosaur movements and routines for a final dinosaur stomp!
Read the book Dinosaur Tracks by Kathleen Zoefiel. Find out how to step back into history through the footprint of a dinosaur; find out how large dinosaurs were by measuring out the actual length and width of a dinosaur.
Read the story Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp; become the dinosaurs from the story, experiment with movement around objects in the prehistoric swamp.
Get ready for the dinosaur stomp! Learn about traditional stick dances and experiment with movements, learn a simple routine and perform a dinosaur stomp!
Learn about fossilised dinosaur eggs; speculate about dinosaur families and their behaviour; consider ideas about dinosaur communication and sounds; make some dinosaur inspired instruments and music; record your ideas for the class website.
Learn how dinosaurs began their lives, make your own dinosaur eggs and learn about the fossilisation process by making a messy fossil egg pudding.
Look at family photographs, and think about why people and dinosaurs live/lived in groups; create dinosaur finger puppets and a T.Rex tooth… Don´t be scared!
Make sounds to go in a sound box; learn about Patchi and create sounds for a story and film.
Let´s rock! Become a prehistoric rock band; learn a song and add a new verse; for a grand finale perform your song which will go live on the school website!
Consider the diets of herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs and if any dinosaurs were omnivores; what is the evidence for these two sets of dinosaurs? Be inspired by the subject of dinosaur eating and think about healthy eating; create your own healthy dinosaur feast of Dinosaur savoury snacks and swamp smoothies for family members.
Read Julia Donaldson’s book as introduction to herbivore & carnivore. How do we know? Talk teeth! Good oral hygiene for humans.
Children take on the role of dinosaur parents; how to ensure their babies grow up healthily on a typical day in dinosaur world?
Can we humans eat the same food as the dinosaurs? What is a healthy diet for us? Help create a menu of dinosaur theme snacks and smoothies.
Invite family and friends to a dinosaur feast of healthy snacks and smoothies made by children.
Go on a dinosaur hunt through a primitive landscape; explore and discover various dinosaurs; look carefully and build a rich bank of describing words that helps you to write your own class dinosaur story; be part of a spectacular performance with dinosaur sounds, stories and art.
Children will discover an egg, go on a dinosaur hunt and collect dinosaurs and describing words along the way. They will learn about dinosaurs through discovery and play.
Children will travel back in time to `Dinosaur Earth´. They will develop dinosaur landscapes; make clay dinosaurs, dinosaur masks and transient art.
Children will listen to the story: Tom and the Island of Dinosaurs. They will find a message in a bottle then travel to `Dinosaur Earth´ in their hot air balloons. Children will create story strips and maps based on their adventure.
Children create a spectacular dinosaur show for another class to enjoy! They will act out poems, talk about the work they enjoyed and perform story endings. They will use sound effects to bring excitement and drama to their performance.
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