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Topic 2 - Towers & Turrets

See the castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty walls! Shoot a projectile with an archer’s aim! Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower then meet Rapunzel who lives in a tall, tall tower. Let’s build a brand new one… Whose is the tallest? Can you measure it?

Watch out for the angry troll underneath…he likes to gobble up little girls and boys! Make sure your bridge is sturdy enough to take the weight and get us safely to the other side.
And finally…meet three little pigs who need your help to build a strong fortress. Inside its strong walls they’ll be safe from the big, bad wolf! No huffing and puffing will blow your fortress down!

Here is some information along with our topic words.

Curriculum Coverage

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

English

Recounts; Instructions; Narrative; Letters; Posters

Science

Using everyday materials; Working Scientifically

Art & Design

Sculpture using junk modelling

Computing

Create castles using drawing software

D & T

Making models of towers and bridges

Mathematics

Measures (height)

History

Castle and castle life; Significant individuals Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Geography

Amazing structures around the world

PE

Defend and attack; balance and co-ordination

PSHE

Dilemmas

 

moat

turret

castle

keep

tower

drawbridge

gate house

curtain wall

battlements

portcullis

fortress

projectile

Catapult

tunnel

bridge

Structure

great hall

bailey

 

Topic 1 - Land ahoy!

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Arr…me hearties, it’s a sailors life for me!

Get your sea legs on, it’s time to sail the salty seas! Navigate, investigate and explore the world – just like Captain Cook. Make a boat, sink a ship, fly a pirate flag! Speak like a pirate, write like a poet, then weigh and measure a pirate’s booty! How do rescues happen at sea? Find out about brave volunteers and young Miss Darling, rowing her boat across stormy seas. Sing a sea shanty whilst cleaning the poop deck then search the school grounds for Captain Longbeard’s hidden treasure.

Thar’s land ahead, me buckos’s! Let’s get t’ship t’port.

 

Curriculum Coverage

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

English

Narrative; Information Books; Descriptions; Poetry; Postcards

Science

Everyday Materials; Working Scientifically

Art & Design

Observational drawing; Painting

Computing

Programming; Using Presentation Software

D & T

Mechanisms; Structures

Mathematics

Mass; Position; Direction; Movement

Music

Sea Shanties

Geography

Using and making maps; Location Knowledge; Using and giving directions

PSHE

Feeling positive about themselves

 

Topic vocab

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.

 

pirate

globe

navigate

Jolly Roger

map

investigate

desert island

compass

boots

treasure

ocean

captain

treasure chest

port

explore

treasure map

cargo

float

gold

ship

sink

doubloons

sails

lighthouse

cutlass

mast

boat

eye patch

deck

parrot

wooden leg

crow’s nest

rudder

hook

helm

Telescope

  • Ravensfield Primary School
  • Clarendon Street, Dukinfield, Cheshire, SK16 4JG
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