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Street Detectives


This way or that way? Where should we go? Up to the local shops or down to the playing fields? Let’s learn about our local community, looking at house, old and new and finding out how our streets have changed since our mums and dads were young. Perhaps your granny or grandpa went to your school or maybe they worked in the baker’s shop?

Making maps and plans of the streets around us, planning our routes, what can you see? What can we find? Whereabout do you live? Do you know your address?

Find out how to write instructions, directions, adverts and learn rhymes all about our community from different times.

When the Lord Mayor writes and asks us to help make our street a better place, it’s time to get your thinking caps on and your paint brushes at the ready?

Read to roll, Street Detectives? Get your clipboards and cameras … it’s time to start investigating!


Curriculum coverage

The table below shows the learning opportunities from across the curriculum that will be taught within the topic.



Recounts, captions, nursery rhymes, instructions, diary writing

and adverts


Identifying and comparing everyday materials; identifying plants in the local area

Art & Design

Famous local artists, drawing, painting and collaging views from the local area



Photo stories; algorithms

D & T

Selecting tools and materials, baking, sign making, designing buildings


Time; data handling


Fieldwork, human and physical features, using and making maps with keys, looking at aerial photographs


Belonging to the community; improving the local area


Topic vocabulary

The table below shows the key vocabulary that we will be using throughout the topic. Children need to understand the meaning, be able to use them in their writing and spell them.


house park supermarket
school road postbox
      police officer     fire fighter    butchers
bakery     petrol station    post ofice
library police station bus stop
fire station florist cafe
town hall traffic lights     zebra crossing     


Useful websites


What we will be learning in this topic