Learn about the seas that surround the UK. Develop knowledge of the oceans and continents of the world. Investigate how waves are caused and how they move. Inspired by the stormy seascapes of J. M. W. Turner, use a variety of techniques to create textured watercolour paintings and turn them into sea-storm collages.

Session 1 Seas around the UK

Objectives

Geography

  • Name and locate the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the oceans studied at this key stage.

Music

  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • Use voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the seas that surround the UK. Play a simple travelling game to consolidate knowledge.

Teaching Outcomes
To recognise the UK on a range of maps, naming and locating the seas that surround the UK as well as the country’s 4 constituent nations.
To listen to a well known song and sing it with the rest of the class.

Children will:

  • Recognise the UK on a range of different maps and globes.
  • Name and locate the major seas surrounding the UK.
  • Name and locate the country’s 4 constituent nations.
  • Listen to a version of When I Was One and sing this with the rest of the class.

Provided Resources

  • Seaplane
  • Seaplane scene
  • UK outline map
  • Labelled UK outline map
  • UK sea name cards

You Will Need

  • Atlases
  • Dice
  • Counters

Session 2 Oceans of the world

Objectives

Geography

  • Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage.

Maths

  • Add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20.
  • Compare, describe and solve practical problems for lengths and heights.

Teaching and Activities

Develop knowledge of the oceans and continents of the world. Play a world passport game to consolidate knowledge.

Teaching Outcomes
To name the 5 oceans and 7 continents of the world and locate them on a map, understanding that the UK lies in the Atlantic Ocean.
To count the world’s oceans and continents, comparing them in width.

Children will:

  • Be introduced to the names and locations of the world’s continents and oceans.
  • Add up the numbers of oceans and continents.
  • Compare the oceans of the world in terms of width.
  • Recognise that the UK lies within the Atlantic Ocean.

Provided Resources

  • World outline map
  • Oceans and continents name cards
  • Labelled world outline map
  • Numbered world outline map
  • World tour passport

You Will Need

  • Globe
  • Green and blue highlighters
  • Dice

Session 3 Waves in the oceans

Objectives

Science

  • Observe closely, using simple equipment.
  • Perform simple tests.
  • Use observations and ideas to provide answers to questions.

English

  • Discuss and clarify the meanings of words, linking new meanings to known vocabulary.
  • Discuss their favourite words and phrases.

Teaching and Activities

Investigate the way waves are caused and how they move. Use investigations to build wave word banks.

Teaching Outcomes
To understand what causes waves in the sea and what effect waves have on beaches and coastlines.
To attempt spellings of a variety of powerful descriptive words describing the movements of waves.

Children will:

  • Discuss the causes of waves in the world’s oceans.
  • Observe the actions of waves.
  • Develop their vocabulary for describing the movements and effects of waves.

You Will Need

  • Water
  • Paint roller trays
  • Medium-sized pebble
  • Camping stove
  • Small pan
  • Straws
  • Sand, small shells and small pebbles
  • Dominoes

Session 4 Painting waves

Objectives

Art

  • Use painting to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour.

History

  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, similarity and difference and use them to make connections and draw contrasts.

Teaching and Activities

Be inspired by the seascapes of JMW Turner. Use a variety of techniques to create different watercolour paintings ready to create a sea-storm collage.

Teaching Outcomes
To use a range of techniques (including using salt, blotting and colour mixing) to give texture and dynamism to watercolour work.
To discuss differences between the modern world and the 19th century by looking at works by J. W. M. Turner, producing evidence to back up observations of change in history.

Children will:

  • Learn about the paintings and life of J. M. W. Turner.
  • Discuss differences between their own dress and that of Turner.
  • Use the techniques of blotting and adding salt to watercolours to create different effects of texture and patterning.
  • Mix colours to create a range of hues appropriate to paintings of the sea.
  • Discuss why they like particular paintings, explaining how they make them feel.

Provided Resources

  • Portrait of J. M. W. Turner
  • Painting the sky, the sea and a sailing boat

You Will Need

  • A3 and A5 white paper
  • Paint brushes
  • Watercolour paints
  • Table and sea salt
  • Cotton wool
  • Paper towels

Session 5 Creating sea collages

Objectives

Art

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • Use painting to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Teaching and Activities

Use the watercolour paintings from Session 4 to create sea-storm collages.

Teaching Outcomes
To create a collage from paper strips and other imagery, using scissors to carefully cut around elements within the collage.

Children will:

  • Create a collage of a sailing ship on a stormy sea.
  • Comment upon their own and others’ work.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Watercolour paintings (from session 4)