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.
Football's popularity is testament to the excitement of the game. Learn about its controversial history in medieval times. Find out about some of the ancient ball games that were precursors to football. Work in teams to devise your own version of football, assess the risks, and then try them out with the whole class. Decide which one was most fun, and whether any changes are needed to make them work better.
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.
Many countries claim to have invented football. Research the different ball games from the ancient past and decide which one you think is the most like modern football.
The rules of football were different when they were first formulated in 1863. Compare the original rules to the modern ones, and practice playing both sets.
Investigate what footballs have been made of over the years, and what the standards for footballs are now. Test the school footballs against the FA's requirements.
Discuss what skills footballers need to play the game effectively. Try out some footballers training drills. Measure how they affect the body. Work out some training exercises they could do to improve their game.
Football has changed a lot over the years. Work in teams to devise your own version of football, assess the risks, and then try them out with the whole class. Decide which one was most fun, and whether any changes are needed to make them work better.
Understand the timeline of the main developments since the invention of the World Wide Web. Learn about the great creative minds and internet entrepreneurs who have contributed to the biggest innovations. Be inspired and solve your own challenges! Create webpages, develop a fantasy football database, use 3D modelling software, design a stop motion animation, create your own computer game and much more!
Tim Berners-Lee challenges you to train in the art of app development, using Appshed. He is keen to award you with your App Development Qualification, but you need to successfully create your own healthy lifestyle app first.
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.
Start your challenge by becoming an app reviewer. Learn about the basics of app design and come up with your own app development ideas at a creativity business meeting.
Take part in your very own in-school Appshed training session and learn how to create your own app. Finely tune those ideas so that you are ready for the off.
Continue your Appshed training and put all of your creative thinking into action by finalising your app. Will it stand up to both technical and content based reviews to help you achieve your App Development Award certificate at your very own ‘app fair’.
Famous artist, David Hockney, has branched out into digital art and would like you to join him! Come on an exploration of painting apps and have a go at entering the digital art world yourself, exhibiting your art online for critical acclaim.
Meet David Hockney and explore his iPad™ art. Are you up for his ‘tablart’ challenge of creating your own digital artwork? Review some painting apps to get you started!
Explore the art of Hockney and digital landscape artist, Andy Maitland for inspiration. Test out your winning painting app and begin to plan your own piece of digital art.
Create your digital landscape painting for David Hockney and load it onto your own digital art space. Try launching your very own ‘tablet’ exhibition of digital art.
Design your own computer game! Explore the concept of events and manipulating event handlers, code blocks and Event Source Parents; explore the commands required to make characters speak and move and how to draw shapes; compare two websites which feature programming with drag and drop - Scratch and Code.org; finally create your own game and host a Gaming Convention in the classroom for other classes.
Respond to a challenge to design a game; explore the concept of events and manipulating event handlers; learn about drag and drop programming on Code.org.
Learn more about the different features of event handlers, code blocks and Event Source Parents; explore the commands required to make characters speak and move and how to draw shapes; compare two websites which feature programming with drag and drop - Scratch and Code.org
Create your own game using event handlers (drag and drop programming); share the game with friends and peer review work; host a Gaming Convention in the classroom for other classes.
Respond to a challenge to prepare an effective presentation. Plan and create a script for a powerful presentation. Explore software and learn about the key features of a good digital presentation; think about how the features can be adapted to suit different target audiences. Review your work against success criteria and present your work to the target audience.
Respond to a challenge from the Head Teacher to prepare an effective digital presentation about an aspect of your learning; begin to plan a script for a powerful presentation and then explore different software.
Learn about the key features of a good digital presentation; think about how the features can be adapted to suit different target audiences.
Create a script to drive your presentation; review your work against success criteria and present your work to the target audience.
Design a stop motion animation for young children. Learn about different genres of animation and software you can use; have a go at a flip book animation; learn about what makes a good animation, plan an animation using storyboarding; shoot and edit your group animation, learn about how to avoid common mistakes, peer review the animations, hold an animation premiere event for young children.
Can you design a short stop motion animation for young children? Learn about different genres of animations and have a go at a simple flip book animation.
Learn about what makes a good animation, plan an animation using storyboarding.
Shoot and edit your group animation, learn about how to avoid common mistakes, peer review the animations, hold an animation premiere event for young children.
Minecraft inventor, Markus Persson, challenges you to build your own fantasy building using 3D modelling software, Sketchup. Use your knowledge of 3D shape to help you create your own online buildings, and promote your creation in the hope of winning a ‘Digital Architecture Award’.
Find out about the online game of Minecraft and notice the amazing 3D modelling it contains. Are you ready for your own 3D architectural challenge using Sketchup software?
Can you identify 3D shapes used to create buildings? Have a go at developing your own 3D building using Sketchup. Make sure it is in line with ‘building regs’ and learn some tricks of the trade to help make them more interesting and intricate. Can you spot any pitfalls?
Write a fabulous description about your building in the hope of being nominated for a Digital Architect Award and evaluate your competitor’s designs.
The Premier League and Women’s Super League need your help! Analyse their spreadsheets on team and individual performances then create one to track and analyse your own performance. Can you develop a fantasy football database then select your own ‘fantasy team’ to compete in your in-house league?
The Premier and Super Leagues want you to explore their performance tracking spreadsheets. Understand why and how formulae are created, and manipulate the data to represent it graphically for each sporting league.
Are you the next big thing in football? Develop and create a personal spreadsheet to record and track your running performance in PE.
You have been challenged to set up your own database of top footballer performers to help create your own fantasy football team.
Add in your performance data on football players to your new database. Try it out and select your own fantasy ‘team’ to follow. Will your team win the league? Can you now share all of your data in sports know-how in a ‘masterclass’ for your friends?
Learn about the countries and capitals of the UK. Learn fundamental information, key geographical vocabulary and important skills such as using maps, atlases and globes. Learn through a series of creative activities such as puppet show presentations, individual ‘family trees’ , a class ‘Breakfast Club’ that celebrates the diversity of all the children, putting on a castle inspired art exhibition, taking part in your own ‘We are Great Britain’ conference and sharing a final GB Bakery celebration!
Consider all that you have learnt about the physical and human geography of the British Isles; learn about the best baked goods, drink, music and dance and finish with a celebration.
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 reflect on their learning, guided by teacher-led revisiting of main creative outcomes from each block and photos. Talking Partners discuss their favourite memory of ‘We Are Britain’ and contribute to a whole Class Scrapbook before making plans to pass on knowledge to an invited audience.
Active sessions in order to prepare for the celebrations: baking for ‘We Are Britain Bake Off’; planning questions for ‘Around We Are Britain Quiz’; compiling fun fact boxes for the displays; drawing maps of an imaginary, typical place in UK.
Time to learn 2 generic traditional country dances ‘Strictly We Are Britain Dancing’ to perform at the celebration and to practice a presentation of folk songs and a Blessing.
Consolidate and celebrate the learning throughout this block. Children host an invited audience to celebrate their learning by sampling traditional cakes, enjoying traditional dancing and music, taking part in the quiz.
Are you up to a further challenge set by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales? Learn to identify reliable sources of information and spot the tell-tale signs of less dependable material. Have a go at checking and updating a Wikipedia entry for a local city, county or region for Jimmy and create your own webpage of reliable links by developing informative and working hyperlinks.
Founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, needs your help to identify reliable and less reliable sources of information. Can you justify your own sources of information and convince him to ‘take you on’ as an editor?
Use your advanced search skills to identify a range of reliable sites on a UK area and edit a related Wikipedia webpage, adding in some of your own researched information.
Complete some in-house training on online copyright law and learn how to create informative and useful hyperlinks. Have a go at creating your own webpage highlighting the highly reliable links you have found throughout your research. Make your website the place to visit for primary school geographers.
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