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Ice Cream 
Complete number sentences to practise adding one and two to numbers to twenty

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Seven Days 
Select and use vocabulary to describe the sequence of the seven days of the week

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Number Squares 
Compare and sort sets of two digit numbers by the place value of the digits

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Use times tables facts and concrete apparatus to multiply numbers by eleven

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Space Journey 
Select and use conjunctions to add extra clauses to sentences

ty of different sized vessels using litres and millilitres


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Resource Preview One of the most effective ways of supporting children at home in their learning is by devising a number of topics that can fire up the children's enthusiasm and provide opportunities for developing skills and concepts across a range of curriculum subjects. Working with the children, you can select topic themes that mirror their curiosities and interests. You can then develop a set of learning activities to match the selected topic by concentrating on skills that the children need to refine and develop as opposed to general knowledge. Get the children to develop their own topics so that they feel in control of their learning as they select activities to strengthen any weaknesses.

You can select fiction books, paintings and musical compositions to act as the launch pad for a particular topic. All of the other activities can arise from the starting stimulus which can lead the children down different learning paths that cover a range of skills and concepts. The children can work independently to research an aspect of a topic before presenting their outcomes to the rest of the family.

Fiction Books
One of the best ways of launching a cross-curricular topic is by selecting a fiction book to use as a starting stimulus. The children should spend time reading and discussing the content and themes of the story before working in English to investigate unfamiliar vocabulary that they have identified before trying to re-write alternative endings to the story. If the story is set in another culture then the children can develop their geographical skills by exploring different countries and locations around the world. Working in science, the children can plan different investigations related to the content and themes in the story. For example, if the story describes building a raft to escape a deserted island then the children could investigate the best materials to use for their raft by identifying their properties. The children can also work in art and design to use a range of media to produce a artwork depicting different scenes in the story. They can also try producing products to develop design and technology skills that the characters in the story might use to complete a specific problem.

Another excellent way of starting a new topic is by exploring a painting or sculpture by a famous artist. The children can identify techniques that might have been used to complete the artwork before producing their own examples in the same styles. They can work in English to write stories related to what they can see happening in the artwork. For example, if the painting relates an ancient myth then the children can produce their own story to match the narrative features of myths. Using the artwork as a starting point, the children can investigate some of the presented geographical themes such as exploring how a location such as a rainforest is the same or different as other places in the world. The children can also design products to bring a piece of artwork into the real world such as modelling things used by the artwork subjects. If the painting or sculpture reflects an historical time period then the children can investigate one aspect of life at this time such as how children performed a number of jobs.

You can use the children's own family as a starting point for their topic. They can create a family tree showing the different generations. The children can explore how the lives of different members of their family was the same or different to their lives today in terms of employment, schooling, transport and culture. They can work in design technology to produce products that might help solve problems for individual members of their family. The children can develop their painting skills by creating a range of family portraits to develop skills and techniques when using a range of different media. They can also produce newspaper reports about different family events to develop their English composition skills. The children can develop their geographical skills by investigating some of the different countries visited by members of their family by producing a scrapbook.

You can also select a piece of music to use as the starting point for a cross-curricular topic. The children can identify themes and ideas expressed in the music to help stimulate their interest in a range of activities. They can work in English to write stories matching the selected musical composition. The children could write play scripts using the piece of music as the background to what is happening in a particular scene. Working in art and design, the children can create paintings, sculpture and collages to match the themes and ideas in a piece of music such as creating an alien landscape in response to a musical composition.

Personal Topics
One of the best ways of developing a cross-curricular topic is by starting from the children's own interests and hobbies. For example, if the children are obsessed with a particular video game then they can try writing stories to match different scenarios that might occur in a game. The children could compose musical sound effects that could played at different points in a game. They can work in design technology to produce products that characters in a game might utilise when solving different problems. Encourage the children to select their own activities to match a particular topic so that they feel in control of their own learning as they develop skills across a range of curriculum subjects.

Resource Preview Leonardo da Vinci
Activities to help the children develop sketching skills and techniques when drawing parts of the human body to reflect techniques and styles used by a significant aspect. They can then apply the learnt techniques when drawing portraits of members of their family.

Suitable for Year 5/6

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