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Week 12 Topic

Topic this week will be focused on Geography and PSHE. For Geography we will be continuing with looking and understanding the Oceans and Seas of the world, breaking it down into layers of the ocean and the animals which live in each layer. In addition to this, the PSHE will offer support and understanding about the people we share our world with. I am sure you have seen the news of late and many things are adding towards this unknown time we are part of. I want to give you all the opportunity to talk and understand why the riots are happening and the importance of understanding that we are all humans, no matter what our skin colour is. Humans should be kind towards one another.  Below you will find activities for each day. If you have access to the internet I will be adding links to CBBC Newsround.



For Mondays lesson we would like the children to look at the Oceans and Seas of our world. Using the power point it goes through the different Oceans, there are five, giving facts about where they are in the world, their sizes and did you know facts along the way. You can record these facts in your home learning book or if you are able to print items of you could print and highlight information you think is important. I have also added information images about Seas, if you are able to print I will add the information as a resource. Finally there will be an activity on labeling our Oceans around the world.



Did you know the Earth looks blue because 70% of its surface is covered by water? Yesterday you learnt the names and facts about the 5 oceans in our world along with the seas. Today the children will be delving deeper into the oceans and looking at the different layers which make up an ocean.  The power point today breaks the layers down into the main five; including how far down each layer goes, the temperature and what lives there. At the end of this power point is the link to  short documentary by National Geographic on real life dives to the bottom of the ocean. The link will only work if you have selected the slideshow tab at the top and have opened the slide show fully. If this is something you are finding tricky, I will add the link below. 






Today the children will be extending their knowledge on the names of the oceans and the different layers. In this power point each slide includes questions regarding their prior learning and further information to support their learning progress. The activity will then be to order the layers correctly and add in the animals which may or may not live in this layer. If you are unable to print the activity sheet you can use a piece of plain paper or your home learning book and draw the layers and the animals which live there yourselves. This drawing of the layers can be as big as you like. You could even make your creatures come to life and make them 3D! 



Today's activity is PSHE based and something you can discuss and do together as a family. To do this activity stand in pairs or a group facing each other. You have a minute or so to discuss three things that make you look different from each other.

Now stand facing each other. Again you have a minute or so to discuss three things that make you different from each other but which can’t be seen e.g: they have different interests, different talents, different faith groups and so on. Discuss and share some of those differences. In this lesson we are going to look at people from a range of different cultures living in this country and think about how important it is to respect everybody, even if their beliefs and practices are different from our own.


Then complete the activity sheet ‘The people we share our world with’. The people on the sheet are all children who live in the same town and on the same street. Ask children to read through them and make a list of:

  1. The things that these people have in common
  2. The things that make them different

Discuss these two things. What do children understand by the different religions mentioned on the sheet? What religious celebrations/festivals are mentioned? Does anyone know what these festivals are celebrating? What other religious festivals have the children heard of?


Now ask each child to complete their own Fact File using the same headings. Thinking about what are the similarities and what are the differences?

Ask each other how you feel about having things which are similar or different to others. What would the world be like if everyone was the same or very similar?


Other things to think about to extend their understanding:

What do we mean by the word ‘respect’?

( If needed discuss possible definitions and summarise with an agreed definition e.g. When we show respect to other people this means that we accept the things that may make them different to us and don’t try to put them down or make them feel sad or uncomfortable because of these differences.)



Today the children will be given a link to the CBBC Newsround page to help them digest what is going on in the world around them. This again links to PSHE, looking at rules, rights and responsibilities and living in the wider world. The web page features stories, videos and further topics for the children to read and listen to (if you would like to check the link first please do so).

Whilst looking at web page think about some key questions such as:

  • What sort of choices do we make everyday about our health?
  • Who or what helps and supports us with those choices?
  • What choices are made for us?
  • Who or what influences our choices? What do we mean by ‘influence’?

Explain that they are going to be thinking how a story in the news might influence someone’s opinion about an issue.


Possible Activity

Look at specific articles on CBBC Newsround link (below) and ask the following questions:

  • What do you think the writer of the article thought about it?
  • Do you think everyone agreed with him/her?
  • Who had the reporter interviewed about the scheme?
  • Who else could the reporter have interviewed?
  • What are your views on this?


Now read a different article and ask the following questions:

  • Did this article give the same message as the first one?
  • What do you think the writer of this article thought about it?
  • Who did the reporter interview for this article?
  • Why do you think the reporter didn’t mention the groups of people who were against the scheme?
  • Are your views on the incidents any different now?
  • How might people be influenced by the two different views?