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Block C - Natural Dyes

Study the history of clothing in Britain from 1066 through to the present day. Learn about the key changes in fashion, materials and manufacturing processes and gain an understanding of this aspect of social history in Britain. Finish your topic by meeting a design challenge brief and putting on a catwalk show!

Learn how natural dyes can be created from plant materials and gain knowledge of the clothes and hats worn in the medieval period. Create natural dyes and use them to dye cotton, then create a period outfit for a peg doll. Make a zigzag booklet of information on medieval clothing and hats for men and women, rich and poor; play quiz games to consolidate your knowledge.

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: Colours from nature

Chn will explore how Medieval people used natural dyes to colour their clothing and how the different types of dyes reflected whether they were rich or poor.

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02: Medieval clothing in naturally dyed fabrics

Children will further explore Medieval clothing and create their own costumes for peg people.

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03: Medieval hats

Children will consolidate their knowledge of Medieval clothing. They will explore more about Medieval hats with a quiz and then create their own hats for their peg people.

Block J - Tennis Tournaments

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.

Is there a tennis tournament on? Find out about Wimbledon and the other Grand Slam tournaments, the tension between amateur and professional players and the beginning of the 'open era' of tennis tournaments, as well as the advent of women's championships. Host your own tournament!

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: Timeline

Using our template, make a timeline of when the major tournaments were started, and some of the other major events in the history of tennis tournaments; make a class calendar to keep track of when major tournaments are played and mark the tournament locations on maps.

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02: Debate

Host a class debate on one of the following topics: Should professional tennis players be excluded from tournaments? Should women be paid the same as men? Should all children play tennis at school?

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03: Play the game

Have a tennis tournament of your own. Decide whether to play singles or doubles, and give out roles like ball-boy and ball-girl, referee, commentator.

Block I - History of Tennis

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 tennis. You'll discover the origins of tennis and other ball games played with the palm of the hand or a racquet and try out some of the related games from the past and present.

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: History

Research the history of tennis from historical drawings of related games. Put the versions of tennis in the correct place on a family tree.

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02: Racquets

Investigate the design of racquets through the ages and then choose one to recreate, following given instructions.

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03: Play the game

Have a tennis tournament based on the rules of one of the historical games.

Block H - Technology

Study the fascinating Maya in this vigorously researched topic. Discover where and when the Maya built their magnificent civilisation as you develop a range of skills across the curriculum. Investigate how they lived, their culture and their legacy. Compare their lives to your own as you bring your learning together.

The tool technology of the Maya was based on the incredibly hard minerals jadeite and obsidian. Learn about how the Maya made beautiful and functional objects and their weaving and pottery skills. Weave a fabric in the Maya style and make pots.

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: Materials

Start by thinking about the types of materials the Maya might have had available to make objects out of. Make predictions about which materials would be used for certain types of objects. Think about which materials would rot and which would survive. Plan an experiment to test what rots and what doesn't.

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02: Pottery

Find the pottery objects in the collection of images. Use images of Maya pottery to design and make replicas from air-drying clay. Follow the same patterns and images, and try out some of the same techniques to make the replicas, like painting, incising and impressing.

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03: Stone

Find the stone objects in the collection of images. Think about how Maya people could have carved stone. Make a scientific enquiry to try to see how long it would take to carve a pendant. Carve a replica pendant out of Pears soap.

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04: Weaving

Plan what materials to use to make a backstrap loom. Try out weaving on a backstrap loom using the number sequence they devised.

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05: Firing pottery (optional)

Make a pit kiln and fire the dried pots in it, carrying out the experiment on which different fabrics the children used survive the firing.

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06: Maya museum

Make a living history museum showcasing their new skills and objects they have already made.

Block J - Farming

Study the fascinating Maya in this vigorously researched topic. Discover where and when the Maya built their magnificent civilisation as you develop a range of skills across the curriculum. Investigate how they lived, their culture and their legacy. Compare their lives to your own as you bring your learning together.

Explore the methods of farming practised by the Maya and some of the foods they farmed, hunted and gathered. Try making and tasting a traditional Maya hot chocolate recipe.  Finish off by creating a model illustrating how the Maya produced food and having a simple Maya meal.

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: Farming practices

Children are given example landscapes, each with their own advantages and disadvantages for farming, and are asked to come up with their own solutions. Learn how the Maya farmed the same lands.

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02: Food

Do some research to find out what types of food the Maya had access to, either by farming, hunting or gathering. Try cooking some recipes.

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03: Chocolate

Try out a traditional recipe to make Maya hot chocolate. Find out what chocolate was used for – not just drinking, but also in sauces for food and as a currency.

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04: Model making

Use their sketches to make models of how the different regions of the Maya lands handled farming. Label the model using their geographical knowledge.

Block B - France

Discover Modern Europe in this exciting and informative topic. Understand the amazing physical and human geography of Modern Europe. Travel around, learn key facts and explore the varied countries that make up our European continent. Develop skills in human and physical geography and further your historical and cultural knowledge of these countries as well!

This rich and imaginative block uses a range of artworks to inspire learning about the human and physical geography of France, including its climate zones; discover the art of Cézanne, Seurat and Morisot and where their works are located geographically; the outcomes of this block include creating a 21st Century soundscape, a pointillist style painting and an impasto painting.

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: Discovering France: A country in art

Study a range of artworks that depict a variety of French landscapes; match artworks to French climate zones; discover Cézanne, Seurat and Morisot and explore how their works are located geographically.

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02: Art on my doorstep - Paul Cézanne

Find out more about Cézanne, his paintings of the local area and what his region looks like today; create a soundscape of your local area.

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03: Dotty about rivers - Georges Seurat

Study Seurat’s paintings around the Seine and compare the depicted land use and human activity with modern Paris; create sketches of a local waterway in Seurat’s pointillist style.

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04: Coast to coast - Berthe Morisot

Look closely at Berthe Morisot’s depictions of the French coastline; analyse how the Nice harbour has changed over time; use impasto painting to recreate one of Morisot’s paintings.

Block A - Introduction to Modern Europe

Discover Modern Europe in this exciting and informative topic. Understand the amazing physical and human geography of Modern Europe. Travel around, learn key facts and explore the varied countries that make up our European continent. Develop skills in human and physical geography and further your historical and cultural knowledge of these countries as well!

Understand the amazing physical and human geography of Modern Europe. Create a map of Europe and personalise a passport recording your achievements. Investigate key European physical features. Research a European capital city for a display and examine the weather from each of Europe’s climate zones before deciding what to pack for your travels!

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: My Europe: Take to the rails!

Create a class display of a map of Europe; begin to research locations in further detail; personalise a passport that will record your achievements during this block.

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02: River deep, mountain high

Investigate key European rivers and mountains and create your own Snakes and Ladders style game that shows your knowledge.

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03: Cracking captials!

Research a European capital city and prepare information text to accompany a photograph to be mounted on the class display.

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04: Pack you bags

Research the weather from each of Europe’s climate zones; decide what to pack for your travels by painting or drawing appropriate clothing onto outline people.

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05 and 06: Representing geographical features

Design and build a model to represent the human and/or physical features of a European location; annotate your model with geography questions.

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07: Report writing to annotate model

Write a high quality piece of information text to accompany your model that demonstrates all the geography knowledge you have mastered in this block.

Block E - Rivers and Canals

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!

Learn about rivers and canals with Ratty and Moley. Carry out an investigation to find out how rivers begin and develop. Journey down a river, create rivers and canals and discover the differences. Track animals and create your own animal evidence. Discover the significance of rivers and canals in industry, and investigate weaving. Build your own boats and launch them during the final session- the fact picnic. Share all your knowledge, not forgetting the food!

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: Why are rivers wiggly?

Children will be introduced to Ratty and Moley from Wind in the Willows. Moley and Ratty help children learn more about rivers and how they begin, by investigating the answers to two important questions.

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02: Wonderful weaving

Ratty and Moley will take children on a river journey. They will find out more facts about the river Thames and other important rivers in the UK. They will make their own weaving looms and class picnic basket in which to place facts they learn along the way.

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03: What is the difference?

Children will create their own canals and journey down a canal in a narrow boat. They will discuss the differences between canals and rivers and create their own boats using different materials. 

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04: Animal tracks and signs

Ratty and Moley take children animal tracking where they will learn to recognise animal tracks and signs. They will play an animal matching game where they will learn about animal scat- don´t forget to hold your nose! Finally, they will create their own scat in their scientific laboratory.

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05: Fact picnic!

Mole, Ratty and the class go on a fact picnic. Children will visit a local river/canal, groups will take turns to play pooh sticks, do some wildlife spotting, launch their boats, make leaf rubbings and finally they will enjoy a fact picnic where they will share everything that they have learnt.

Block E - Peruvian Andes

Travel around the world in this exciting topic, as you compare disparate peoples and places in the UK, Europe, North America and South America. Look at your own area and discover the similarities and differences between where you live and these other intriguing locations. Develop a range of skills and increase your expertise in a number of curriculum areas, including key human and physical geography goals.

Journey through the Peruvian Andes and learn about the culture and natural resources of the region. Explore the impact of tourism, and design and launch your own tourism App that links images to online information about the area.

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: Researching the Peruvian Andes

Take a trip to the Peruvian Andes as representatives of a newly formed local tourism office. Create your own narrative of the geography of the region and carry out some effective research into great websites and sources of online information on the region that might interest tourists.

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02: Land use and tourism in the Peruvian Andes

Travel to the Peruvian Andes as representatives of the local tourist board. Collect information on local land use and tourism. Back at your tourism offices analyse a range of travel Apps to generate ideas for your own App launch.

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03: Developing a tourism App for the Peruvian Andes

Become a picture librarian and select some powerful online images that reflect the land use of the Peruvian Andes. Link these photos to some of your ‘reliable’ information websites and design your very own tourism App for the region.

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04: Peruvian Andes tourism App launch

Use MIT App Inventor to create a live App for launch. Develop your own marketing campaign, thinking about your audience, and create an eye-catching poster to kick-start your App launch.

Block D - Mountains and Major Hills

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!

Take an aerial trip around Great Britain in a hot air balloon and discover the main mountains and major hill summits in each country. Investigate the class’s favourite snacks to pack for a hill walk or mountain climb. Design and create summit sculptures and make a brochure using art and writing skills. Leave the classroom for a ‘climb’, singing songs until you reach a ‘summit’ marked by sculptures. Sit on picnic rugs and enjoy eating your favourite snacks. Listen to a story, then join in singing games before retreating back down to the classroom.

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: Up, up and away!

Float through the sky in a hot air balloon – what can you see? Compare images and identify buildings and locate these on a map using symbols.

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02: Decisions, decisions!

Learn about the highest peaks in each of the 4 nations of the UK. Sing about mountain climbing. Decide what to pack for lunch by compiling pictograms and block graphs.

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03: Are we nearly there?

How do we know when we’ve reached the summit? From triangulation pillars to more elaborate cairns – what would you design? Take inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy and Antony Gormley.

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04: Advice for walkers

Produce a brochure detailing advice for walkers: safety; equipment; what to wear; tips and hints. Add pictures to inspire weary walkers to make it to the summit.