Key Stage 1 We Are Britain
Celebrate Britain

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.

Session 1 Look what we've done!

Objectives

Geography

  • Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas.
  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features and key human features.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries.
  • Use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features.
  • Devise a simple map.
  • Use and construct basic symbols in a key.

English

  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • Use discussion in order to learn.

Planning and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To consolidate learning about the constituent countries of the UK.
To make a contribution to the class scrapbook.

Children will:

  • Reflect on their learning, using the main creative outcomes from each block and photos of activities.
  • Reflect on their learning with talking partner.
  • Recall and record something of their learning, to contribute to class scrapbook of learning memories.
  • Produce Class Scrapbook.
  • Discuss who should be the invited audience to a presentation of their learning and what should be included in that presentation.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • All resources created over blocks A - F
  • Display of self-portraits
  • Shields
  • ‘Ice-cream’ homework
  • World map with class links
  • Collage posters of England, Scotland, N Ireland, Wales
  • The 3 puppets and Finn giant
  • Flags and bunting
  • UK map with children’s legend
  • Seaside puppet theatre and puppets
  • Mountain/hill brochures
  • Rivers/canals data
  • Castle plans
  • Role play props
  • Photos of all the activities
  • Large class scrapbook.

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 2 Let's get busy!

Objectives

Geography

  • Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas.
  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features and key human features.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries.
  • Use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features.
  • Devise a simple map.
  • Use and construct basic symbols in a key.

D&T

  • Instil a love of cooking in pupils.

Maths

  • Practical measuring and beginning to record mass/weight.

Planning and Activities

Activity 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.

Teaching Outcomes
To consolidate learning about the physical and human geography of the British Isles.
To bake traditional bread, cake, scones for ‘We Are Britain Bake Off’.

Children will:

  • Follow recipe instructions to bake traditional bread, cake, scones.
  • Measure ingredients for baking.
  • Reflect on their learning in order to compile a question for the Quiz and write Fun Fact Boxes.
  • Consolidate their learning by taking part in child-initiated activities.

Provided Resources

  • Recipe for making Scottish Shortbread
  • Welsh recipe for Bara Brith

You Will Need

  • All resources as listed from Session 1
  • Construction kits
  • Books linked to topic
  • Play equipment required for child initiated activity.

Session 3 Let's get ready!

Objectives

Geography

  • Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas.
  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features and key human features.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries.
  • Use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features.
  • Devise a simple map.
  • Use and construct basic symbols in a key.

D&T

  • Instil a love of cooking in children.

Maths

  • Practical measuring and beginning to record mass/weight.

Planning and Activities

Activity 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.

Teaching Outcomes
To consolidate their learning about the physical and human geography of the British Isles, chn compose a question for ‘Around We Are Britain’ Quiz and create a map.
To measure ingredients for baking; Bake and present traditional bread, cake, scones for ‘We Are Britain Bake Off’.

Children will:

  • Follow recipe instructions to bake traditional bread, cake, scones.
  • Measure ingredients for baking.
  • Reflect on their learning in order to compile a question for the Quiz and write Fun Fact Boxes.
  • Consolidate their learning by taking part in child-initiated activities.

Provided Resources

  • Information sheet: Recipe for making Irish soda bread
  • Information sheet: English scones
  • Information sheet: for Questions and Answers

You Will Need

  • All resources as listed from Session 1
  • Construction kits
  • Books linked to topic
  • Play equipment required for child initiated activity
  • Recipe for Irish soda bread
  • Recipe for English scones
  • Recipe for Irish potato cakes

Session 4 Let's dance!

Objectives

Music

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles, traditions.
  • Use voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Play tunes and untuned instruments musically.

PE

  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Planning and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To learn, practise and perform traditional songs, singing and playing untuned instruments.
To learn, practise and perform simple country dances.

Children will:

  • Learn simple country dances.
  • Enjoy folk music.
  • Use percussion instruments to accompany songs.

Provided Resources

  • Information sheet on How to dance the Circassian Circle

You Will Need

  • Music and percussion instruments
  • 3 puppets
  • Adult in role as Finn the Giant.

Session 5 Let's celebrate!

Objectives

Music

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles, traditions.
  • Use voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Play tunes and untuned instruments musically.

PE

  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Planning and Activities

Children will:

  • Perform dance and nursery rhymes to invited audience.
  • Present their learning to invited audience.
  • Host the celebration.
  • Celebrate their achievements.

You Will Need

  • All creative outcomes from Block A-F, on display
  • Q&A questions from Sessions 2 and 3
  • Maps
  • Baked goods set out on 4 country-themed tables
  • Plain red, white, blue and pale blue tablecloths with country emblems
  • Soft drinks and/or cups of tea
  • Music and percussion instruments.