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Become a professional footballer in Germany and learn about the team you represent and its region's geographic features. Explore physical and human aspects of the region. Take an enchanted journey with the Brothers Grimm into the Black Forest and discover how this landscape influenced the retelling of some of our most famous traditional tales. Put on your own performance in front of a backdrop of the Black Forest - a backdrop you have created yourself!

Session 1 German football towns

Objectives

Geography

  • Locate Germany on a map and concentrate on its environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, and major cities.
  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region in Germany.
  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography.
  • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

PE

  • Play a game of 5-a-side football and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.

Teaching and Activities

Become national football heroes in a 5-a-side German football tournament; find out more about your football town and the geography of the region; create a new team strip Wordle.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate and identify the human and physical geography of a German town/region.
  • To play a five-a-side football game representing a specific German football team.

Children will:

  • Play a five-a-side football match representing a specific German football team.
  • Use Google Maps to investigate and identify the human and physical geography of a given German football town/region.
  • Create a team strip Wordle that represents their team’s hometown and region.

You Will Need

  • Children in PE kit
  • Football
  • Large space to play 5-a-side football

Session 2 Mapping key geographical German regions

Objectives

Geography

  • Locate Germany on a map and concentrate on its environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, and major cities.
  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region in Germany.
  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography.
  • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/ computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

PE

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.

English

  • Extend pupils’ confidence, enjoyment and mastery of language through public speaking, performance and debate.
  • Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes.

Teaching and Activities

Learn how the forest, mountains and rivers have been used by human; focus on your football region to create a 3D map.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To create a 3D map of a given German geographical football region that includes rivers and forests.
  • To play a ‘rivers, forests and mountains’ game using jumping, throwing and catching to identify and understand the ways these physical features are used.
  • To present their 3D map to the class identifying and describing key physical and human features.

Children will:

  • Play a ‘rivers, forests and mountains’ game to identify and understand the ways these physical features are used.
  • Create a 3D map of a given German geographical football region that includes a major river, forest and/or mountain range.
  • Present their 3D map to the class identifying and describing key physical and human features.

You Will Need

  • Map of Germany
  • Atlases
  • Tablets or laptops
  • Craft knives

Session 3 Fairy tales and the Black Forest

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region in Germany.
  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography.

English

  • Give well-structured descriptions and narratives for different purposes.
  • Extend pupils’ confidence, enjoyment and mastery of language through public speaking and performance.

Teaching and Activities

Explore the influence of the Black Forest on the traditional tales of the Brothers Grimm; keep an eye out for Hansel and Gretel, and that wicked witch!

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To match human and physical landscapes to traditional German fairy tales and explore the Black Forest region and its land use today.
  • To orally retell a traditional Germany fairy tale using story telling techniques.

Children will:

  • Learn about the Brothers Grimm and two German fairy tales, through story telling.
  • Match traditional German fairy tales with human and physical landscapes.
  • Use videos and photos of the Black Forest region to see how the land is used today.

Provided Resources

  • Black Forest fairy tale images and props
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • Story synopses
  • The Black Forest today

You Will Need

  • Props for the stories

Session 4 A very geographical performance

Objectives

Geography

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography.

Art

  • Improve mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing and painting, with a range of materials, to create a theatrical backdrop.

English

  • Extend pupils’ confidence, enjoyment and mastery of language through public speaking and performance.

Teaching and Activities

Create your own version of a traditional Brothers Grimm tale, based in the Black Forest; perform and record your tale, having first created the perfect forest backdrop.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To list the key features of a natural forest landscape.
  • To create a theatrical backdrop.
  • To perform a traditional fairy tale.

Children will:

  • Write an ingredients list for the key features of a natural forest landscape.
  • Create a theatre background set that recreates the Black Forest.
  • Perform a traditional fairy tale with the Black Forest as a setting.

You Will Need

  • Range of art materials
  • Recording equipment such as tablets or cameras