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.
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.
Investigate key European rivers and mountains and create your own Snakes and Ladders style game that shows your knowledge.
Research a European capital city and prepare information text to accompany a photograph to be mounted on the class display.
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.
Design and build a model to represent the human and/or physical features of a European location; annotate your model with geography questions.
Write a high quality piece of information text to accompany your model that demonstrates all the geography knowledge you have mastered in this block.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Study the Amazon Basin in South America. Become environmental scientists as you explore this resource-rich environment, investigating the impact of human activity on the natural resources and communities of the region. Use mathematical measures and analysis to create a report on land use, cultural vulnerabilities, environmental impact and economic trade, for presentation at your own Earth summit.
Journey along the great Amazon River into the Amazon Basin and use maps, satellite images and film to create a narrative about the region. Learn about the region through numbers and create a geographical infographic poster.
Start preparing for your own Earth Summit by analysing data about the land use, trade and economics of the Amazon Basin. Get to grips with contrasting arguments about the uses of local resources and develop your own informed opinion.
Create your final Earth Summit report using data and information gleaned and analysed over the past two sessions. Have a go at creating computer generated graphic representations of data and put together a ‘report findings’ summary.
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!
Discover the development of clothing from 1066 to the Present Day in the British Isles- learn about the changes in fashion, materials and in the manufacturing processes. Consider how these changes were brought about by changes in society. Make a final pictorial timeline showing the development of a key item of clothing.
Explore the world of clothes and how we wear certain types of clothing. Examine how materials and styles have changed over time.
Study and examine different styles of clothing covering: the Middle Ages and the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries.
Explore the Tudors from the 16th Century and how their clothing was influenced by the time period.
Explore the Stuarts from the 17th Century and how the politics and religion of the period influenced their clothing and identified people.
Explore Georgian society in the 18th Century. Examine how Georgian high society dressed and acted at society balls.
Explore Victorian society in the 19th Century. Investigate how Queen Victoria affected British fashions.
Explore the early 20th Century and how the two world wars affected the way people dressed in a time when materials were scarce.
Examine late 20th Century and how changes in attitudes and manufacturing techniques have enabled people to express themselves more freely.
Take a look at the 21st Century and beyond, then use your imagination to design a futuristic outfit.
Final evaluation project- create pictorial timeline of Britain using clothing developments and changes in fashions and materials.
Discover Mexico with its extreme and varied landscapes & coasts. Discover a rich heritage of music, art, food and dance, and create your own class fiesta showing off your knowledge of this fascinating country.
Take a trip to Mexico and discover the amazing physical and cultural landscape. Be inspired by traditional uses of colour to paint a landscape with a vibrant and colourful twist.
Join a fiesta trail and learn about three Mexican festivals and how they sit in the human landscape. Get moving to some traditional Mexican music dancing to the rhythm and beat.
Become a magazine journalist and discover the geography behind fiesta costumes and the decorations used to help celebrate Mexican fiestas - create a class ‘special edition’. Be inspired by the fabrics, dyes and decorations used in fiesta costumes, to design and create your own.
Transform your classroom into a Mexican fiesta kitchen and discover the origins of traditional Mexican ingredients. Create some traditional Mexican fiesta treats. Celebrate your own Mexican fiesta, bringing together your cooking, costumes and dances with an array of Mexican music.
Join the world’s top cyclists to take a road trip through the varying geography of Spain. Stop off en-route to try your hand at some classic Spanish cooking and learn about the origins of some of Spain’s more famous dishes and their links to the physical and human geography of Andalusia, Valencia and the Cantabrian Mountains.
Look at the geography of the 2015 Vuelta course. Use your map skills to identify the physical and human geography of some key stages and brief the cyclists - it’s going to be a tough ride!
Join the first 6 stages of La Vuelta and explore the landscape and human geography of Andalusia. Try your hand at cooking some of Andalusia’s most famous Spanish cuisine - tapas.
Join Stage 10 of La Vuelta from Valencia to Castellon and explore the local geography. Try your hand at cooking the famous local dish of paella.
Join the big climbs of La Vuelta. Take in the views from the Cantabrian Mountains of northern Spain as you explore stages 14-16. Have a go at baking the local treat of Sobao Pasiego - the cyclists will need it after these mountain stages!
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.
Find out when the Maya are first recognised by archaeologists and when this society is said to have come to an end, recognising that there are still living Maya people today. Examine the different types of evidence that tell us about the Maya. Explore the region of the Maya civilization in Mesoamerica and create a Maya corner in the classroom.
Work in teams to remember and add dates of events in Europe to a timeline of the Maya.
Assess the reliability of various sources of evidence for the Maya, including archaeology, images, writing and oral history.
Explore maps and websites to find out where the Maya lived and what the different environmental zones are like, make sketches.
Recreate the Maya environmental zones from coast to highlands and lowlands in the classroom, including plants and animals.
Travel to Italy to take in the alpine scenery and enjoy a mountain trek through the many mountain ranges that Italy boasts. Take a trip back in time to CE 79 and the fateful day that Mt Vesuvius blew her top. Investigate the mysterious draw of the volcanoes of southern Italy for settlement - would you take the risk and live in the shadow of a live volcano?
Become mountain detectives and discover the various mountain ranges to be found in Italy; from the Alps and Dolomites in the north to the Apennine Mountains that stretch down Italy’s boot. Create a tourist brochure, encouraging visitors to take a mountain tour of Italy.
Take a trip back in time to CE 79 and experience the last epic eruption of Mount Vesuvius from the eyes of Pliny the Younger. Provide a news piece for the BBC as a Newsround reporter, explaining the historical story and geography behind the eruption.
Create your own Mt Vesuvius Lego™ diorama, including colour coded flag labels, identifying historical and geographical information.
Create a risk assessment for living in the shadow of an active volcano - look at Mt Etna on Sicily, alongside Mt Vesuvius and identify patterns of settlement and land use over the past few hundred years.
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