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Block F - Religion

This topic provides you with an outstanding set of inspired plans and resources to enable you to study Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300 and to contrast many of its features with contemporary developments in British history; learn about the rise and establishment of the Benin Kingdom, consider what brought the Edo people to the rainforests of Benin and how the empire grew; study the rulers of the Edo people, their everyday life, their religion and worship, their trading currencies and trade routes, their music and art and finally how the Kingdom of Benin came to an end.

Find out about the legends of the Edo speaking people of Benin; explore the famous creation story of Olorun and Obatala. Other gods were worshipped, too, and shrines were built to give offerings and make supplications to the gods and to ancestors. Make shrines to the old gods or religious scenes of the Edo people inspired by Benin artwork.

This Topic is written for Upper 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 beginning of the world and the first Oba

Find out about and role play the Edo speaking people's myths about the start of the world, and the beginnings of Benin. Take turns sketching the scenes that are acted out in sketchbooks.

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02: The King's Festival

Role play a King's Festival, where the Oba of Benin is the focus of religious celebrations. Photograph the event and then make sketches based on the photos.

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03: A pantheon of gods

Explore the objects that show us some of the kings and gods of Benin, make sketches of these objects.

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04: Make a religious scene

Use your sketches to model a replica shrine or religious scene.

Block D - Evidence

This topic provides you with an outstanding set of inspired plans and resources to enable you to study Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300 and to contrast many of its features with contemporary developments in British history; learn about the rise and establishment of the Benin Kingdom, consider what brought the Edo people to the rainforests of Benin and how the empire grew; study the rulers of the Edo people, their everyday life, their religion and worship, their trading currencies and trade routes, their music and art and finally how the Kingdom of Benin came to an end.

How do we know about Benin? What evidence survives from a thousand years ago to tell us about this civilisation on the west coast of Africa? In this block you will find out about the different types of evidence that survive and how reliable they are.

This Topic is written for Upper 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: Introduction to sources

Work out what different types of sources exist to help us understand the past. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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02: Oral history

Re-enact some of the myths of the Edo people about how the kingdoms of Ife and Benin had come into being and discuss how reliable these stories are.

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03: Written evidence

Learn how the earliest written evidence about Benin comes from the period when Europeans came. Before that there were no written records, so how useful are they in helping our understanding the earlier period?

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04: Archaeology

Find out what archaeologists have discovered about Benin and how it compares to the oral and written evidence. Is archaeology more or less reliable than other forms of evidence?

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05: Benin City

Make models of the city of Benin, based on all the sources they have come across so far.

Block B - Benin Timeline

This topic provides you with an outstanding set of inspired plans and resources to enable you to study Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300 and to contrast many of its features with contemporary developments in British history; learn about the rise and establishment of the Benin Kingdom, consider what brought the Edo people to the rainforests of Benin and how the empire grew; study the rulers of the Edo people, their everyday life, their religion and worship, their trading currencies and trade routes, their music and art and finally how the Kingdom of Benin came to an end.

Experience traditional Benin food, listen to music and research modern and ancient Benin. Build a tabletop timeline of the Benin civilisation using a series of research challenges to gather information. Gather information about the Benin Empire and learn about the warrior kings. Create drawings of the City using descriptions from 17th century traders. Find out about the British role in the end of the Benin Empire.

This Topic is written for Upper 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: Building the timeline

Experience a traditional Benin food, listen to some of their music and start to research modern and ancient Benin using a series of research challenges. Build the base of a tabletop timeline of the Benin civilisation using a series of research challenges to gather information. Work in groups to find out the main facts and dates about the Benin Kingdom and place on the timeline.

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02: The beginning of Benin

In research groups, look in more detail at the beginning of Benin. Make rainforest trees to place at the beginning of the 3d tabletop timeline and buildings to represent Benin City.

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03: The Benin Empire

Gather information about the Benin Empire and learn about the warrior kings. Add information to the timeline and create drawings of the City using descriptions from 17th century traders.

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04: The end of an empire

Find out about how the British put an end to the Benin Empire - how they wanted the land for palm oil and rubber and how they razed the City to the ground and made Benin part of the British Empire. Add details to depict this take over onto the 3d tabletop timeline.

Block C - Carnivals and Parades

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 Nian monster, always chased away from Chinese New Year, will he ever find a festival or parade where he belongs? Take Nian on a colourful journey to Mardi Gras, help him discover the Japanese Lantern Festival and march to the beat of the New York Thanksgiving Parade. Sing, create special art and a marching dance with thanksgiving hats.

 

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: Chinese New Year

Listen to the story of Nian, a monster-like creature who lived up inthe mountains. Is there such a monster hanging around school? Children collect red items and instruments. What happens when Nian appears? Can children chase the monster away?

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02: Mardi Gras

Why is Nian sad? Can children help Nian by finding out about festivals & parades and letting him join in the fun? Children will help Nian learn about Mardi Gras; learn about the floats, costumes, music and make preparations for a mini class parade.

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03: Japanese Full Moon Festival

Children will welcome Nian back to class to learn about the Japanese harvest festival by learning a special harvest song, making traditional bread and creating beautiful charcoal drawings.

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04: New York Thanksgiving Parade

Children will look through magic binoculars to find out about Thanksgiving Parade. They will create their own marching dance and discover which festival or parade Nian enjoyed the most. Time to celebrate all the learning throughout this block with a final spectacular parade!

Block F - New Beginnings

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!

This is a Block for involving adults known to the school – who could be invited in to share their expertise? Are there parents or governors who could explain how to put on a turban, wear a sari, baptise a baby or tell the faith story?  We think about and explore symbols of new life such as chicks, rabbits and lambs. We learn about festivals that celebrate new life and Spring.

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: Celebrating babies!

Puddles the cat teaches children about the Christian sacrament ‘Christening’ - to name and welcome new babies into Christian community.

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02: Celebrate Spring!

Reflect on the new beginnings, life and activity Spring brings using dance and Art.

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03: Celebrate Holi!

This festival inspires colourful and lively celebration as Hindu people remember the games played by Lord Krishna when he was young; children experiment with splatter painting!

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04: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah!

Enjoy apples and honey with Sammy Spider for a sweet New Year to celebrate this Jewish festival.

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05: Celebrate Baisakhi!

What are the 5 Ks? Make masks and crowns to celebrate this Sikh festival.

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06: Celebrate Easter!

Puddles the cat tells the story of Easter, the most important Christian Festival of the year. Children design, make and decorate a special hat for the Easter Parade.

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07: Celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr!

Celebrate the end of Ramadan with the Muslim festival ‘Eid-ul-Fitr’ Recall at least 5 facts about this important event in the Muslim calendar.

Block E - Saying Thank You

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!

Start with the importance of saying thank you for all we are lucky to have, and for the people around us. Learn about festivals that say thank you: Thanksgiving in USA; Harvest Festival in UK and around the world; the Jewish festival Sukkot. Thanking family members (could include Mothering Sunday/Mothers' Day + Fathers’ Day). Choose something or somebody to be grateful for and express your thanks in art - make labels and a gallery; invite an audience in to view the work.

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: Thank You!

Children share with class teacher the experience of being thanked; they practice saying thank you during the normal school day and begin to think about what and who they are thankful for.

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02: Thanksgiving in the USA

Learn about the first Pilgrims in North America and the difficulties they faced until helped by indigenous population. Different ways to say Thank You, including British sign language. Turkey craft activities!

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03: Harvest festival

Puddles the cat is back to share her experience of Harvest. Children harvest common vegetables & experiment with potato and leaf printing.

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04: Harvest Festival Celebration

Bake bread and cut up vegetables to make soup. ‘Little red hen’ as told by Pie Corbett.

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05: Sukkot

Sammy Spider shares his experience of the Festival of Sukkot. Children help to build a sukkah; make representative Lulav and Etrog to use with poem ‘Sukkot’ by Judith Nicholls.

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06: Celebrating family!

Incorporate experiences of children’s families and all who we can be grateful for.

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07: Thank You Gallery!

Make 2D representation of favourite person or thing to say ‘thank you’ for. Arrange as an Art Gallery and invite an audience to view the work.

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. We have included a final Block to help children compare their local area knowledge with a small area in Kenya.

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.