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Swanwick Primary School

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Big question:

What did the Victorians do for us?

What is life like in India?

What does it mean to be alive?

Wow event

Victorian school visit – Shugborough Hall

You Tube clips – people playing in street with various toys (now/then).

Indian buffet


David Attenborough ‘Dead or Alive’ video clips etc.

Beach trip – investigating different habitats.


Victorian school play for parents (rein-acting life as a child in those times plus scripted facts – all they have learned).

Indian assembly (show artwork, clay models, dance and drama, talk about what they have learned). Followed by samples of Indian food cooked by the children.

Assembly to parents with under the sea theme and children talking about what they have learnt and enjoyed in Year 2.

Curriculum links

What did the Victorians do for us? What do we still use today?

Science – Victorian inventions and transport.

Science – properties of materials and how they are suitable for different jobs.

Geography – locate the different countries in the Victorian empire and the different countries in the UK, including capital cities, using maps, atlases and globes.

Geography – locality study of Swanwick, looking at pictures then and now and comparing them.

Geography – trade routes between UK and other countries. Where did the things they use come from?

Art – Rubbings/textures/collage.

Art – silhouettes.

Art – William Morris inspired collage and design work.

PSHE – British values.

PSHE – class rules.

PSHE – special times we celebrate.

RE/ PSHE – belonging to Christianity.

RE – What is Christianity? What do they believe?

RE – Christian special times.

RE – Christian religious buildings.

RE – Victorian Christmas.

RE – Story of the First Christmas and Advent.

Music – Victorian Christmas carols, songs and rhymes with accompanying music made by the children.

Science – properties of materials, best materials for building

Science – animals that live in India and their habitat.

Art – making clay homes and religious symbols for the Gods.

Art – Rangoli and Henna patterns.

Art – Mixing secondary colours and different shades of the same colour.

3D collage of Indian Gods.

D&T – clay work and clay models.

D&T – Cooking Indian food.

D&T – making pop-up Easter cards (mechanisms).

History – Indian gaining independence from the British empire.

Music – Looking at and listening to Indian music and Indian instruments.

RE – What is Hinduism? What do they believe?

RE – What religious buildings do they have? Where do they prey?

RE – Hindu festivals and special times.

RE/ PSHE – belonging to Hinduism.

RE – the Easter story.

RE – story of the last supper.

PSHE – British values.

PSHE – respecting differences.

PSHE – hygiene and safety with food preparation and cooking.

Geography – Locate the oceans, the equator and continents using maps, globes and atlases.

Geography – compare Indian to the UK using photos.

Geography – compare weather, houses, buildings and other aspects of human geography between India and the UK.

PSHE – moving on and changes.

PSHE – where do we belong?

RE – the story of the good Samaritan?

RE – why is the bible important to Christians?

Music – compose music using the garage band app on the I-pads.

Geography – look at animals from different countries. How have they adapted?

Geography – what habitats can we find in Swanwick? (urban and rural).

Geography – Locate the poles using globes, maps and atlases.

Geography – link to maths: making and drawing maps with directions using compass points.

Geography – map work looking at where our food comes from and finding the country using maps.

Geography – how is our world changing? What can we do to help?

D&T – make animal habitats.

D&T – design a healthy meal.

Art – collage of habitats.

Art – observational drawings of living things.

Art – animal track printing.

History – Charles Darwin compared to David Attenborough.

History – the theory of evolution?

Science – food chains (prey, predator, consumer, producer).

Science – what do living things need? (MRS GREN)

Science – classification (dead, living, never been alive).

Science – variation and species. What is the difference?

Science – healthy life style (exercise, diet, hygiene).

Science – reproduction (adults to babies).

Science – life cycle (plants and animals).

Science – why do animals choose their habitat? (adaptability and camouflage).

Science – habitats – what the animals need? Why did they choose it?

Science – parts of plants.

Literacy genres

Fantasy stories – The Secret Garden
Explanation texts – How to play a Victorian Game.

Stories with familiar settings – Victorian holiday to the beach – write a postcard.

Fantasy story – Lion the witch and the wardrobe and Treasure Island.

Non-Chronological Reports – What Swanwick used to look like or writing about Real Events.

Recount – about Shugborough

Poetry – Learning and performing poems and rhymes (Victorian style) by rote. Owl and the Pussycat.

Stories with familiar settings – schools.

Traditional tales – The Pied Piper, Peter Pan and Pinocchio.

Stories from another culture.

Writing narratives about experiences of other people.

Instructions – making Indian snacks (mini unit)

Poems around the world.

Letters – write a letter from India talking about the differences and send them home.

Stories from another culture – Jungle Book.

Fairy stories – compare Rama and Sita to traditional European stories.

Traditional stories.

Writing rhyme/riddles – What am I?

Information Texts – plants/animals


Nature poems, shape and acrostic poems.

Animals from around the world fact booklet.

Information texts – Dictionary: Write a dictionary to include all of the scientific terms covered this unit.

Stores by the same writer -  compare a selection of Julia Donaldson texts to do with living things.

Texts/ Stimulus

Newspaper articles from the time.

What was it link in the past?

Toys – Big book

Start-Up History – Toys


The Pied Piper

Peter Pan

Secret Garden

The Nut Cracker

Oliver Twist

Black Beauty

Treasure Island

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Owl and the Pussycat.

Christmas stories.

Poems around the world – Big book

Indian poems

The armchair traveller.

How the Tiger got its name.


Rama and Sita story (Diwali)

Jungle Book

The Legend of Holika and Prahlad (Holi)

Elephant’s Child

The Enormous Crocodile

The Gruffalo

Monkey Puzzle


Tabby McTat


The snail and the whale.

What the ladybird heard.


Stick man

(stories by the same author unit).