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Transcript of Islands
What is an island?
What makes it different to the mainland? - compare to home area
Using group work to discuss and present
Create a tartan weave pattern
Paint/draw pictures of buildings found on the island for use on an Island display.
Treasure box nets to use in children's own Island board game
What kinds of animals live on the island?
How do we know the difference between living and non-living things?
What kinds of plants are on the island?
Create a paper mache island in small groups. Add the type of buildings you would see on the island, design the Island first using collage and a range of materials
How do animals adapt to their environment?
Children to join a team debating where is best to live; at home or on Struay and to provide explanations. Start with talking partners to generate ideas and feelings
explore settings in the story
Children to work in small groups and plan a small presentation on one aspect of 'living on an island'. Complete research on internet, design posters and present to class.
Read and listen to Katie Morag stories and stories from the same author.
Read in different ways e.g whole class, with reading partners, group reading.
Visit a local library to research other books on Islands
Children to write a postcard from an imaginary holiday to Struay.
Writing character descriptions.
Writing a poem about the sea, then type it up.
Character dialogues using speech bubbles then speech marks.
Children to write their own short story set on the island of Struay
Children to write a newspaper article about 'the ultimate Island transport vehicle', based on their own designs.
Children to take on the role of Katie Morag and other characters through hot seating. Children to participate in Post office role play.
Create an animal that has adapted to life in Struay.
Create finger/glove puppets of the animals created in science lesson
Listen to the sounds of waves on a beach and crashing on a cliff, listen to the sounds of seagulls. Discuss short and long sounds, quiet and loud sounds
Linking with boats. Look at different materials and suitability for purpose.
Create own soundscape using these ideas
Using sound scape, create a simple sequence in groups to be performed to this
Based on the lighthouse from the story. Making circuits.
What appliances use electricity?
Concentrate on how the body moves, and how it can be supported by different body parts, including someone elses.
Remember, rehearse, making adjustments
Discuss water safety - the do's and don't s around open water
How to enter a swimming pool safely
Basic strokes and floating
Create 'Islands' using the apparatus, experiment with different movements travelling from one to the next
Listen to music from different Islands particularly the Highlands - what instruments are used, how does it make you feel? does it tell you anything about life on the Island? (pace/tempo/pitch)
Draw and label the features of an island highlighting rivers, hills, roads etc, are they man made or natural
What makes life in Struay different from that in the UK
Positional language - can the children use direction and movement vocabulary to get them to a given place - work in pairs
Can the children use an atlas/google maps to find where we are then find the Isle of Coll
Grid references task - Can the children use grid references to find different features on Struay
How do we get to Islands? - examine different transport methods:
- visit local docks (if accessible) to view boats.
- discuss as a class and record which way they think is the best.
- design the 'ultimate Island transport' and share with class
The world beyond their
doorstep - how is life
How do objects move?
How can forces change materials?
Pushes and pulls
How can speed of a object be changed?
How can we make a toy boat travel to the other side of the water tray - wind, push etc, which
way is fastest/slowest?
Pass the talking stone/jar of sand around the circle, discuss what they would like/dislike about living on an island, what would they would miss and what would be difficult to do
look at how life is different in different parts of the world - customs, foods, religion, language, weather - use Espresso as a resource stimulus
consider the impact of others e.g. tourism on islands, issues affecting the communities, actions have consequences, impact on the environment, how they can reduce their negative impact on the environment
link with a school on a faraway island to improve knowledge that we are a global community
Send e-mail to school on Isle of Coll and set up pen pals
Speaking and Listening
PE sessions where children get to experience events that take place at Highland Games e.g shot putt, tossing the caber, highland dancing.
What are the houses on Coll made from and why is that material used?
Floating and Sinking
Living processes and living things
Scottish Theme Day
Look at the traditions and cultures in Scotland and compare them to own cutures and traditions.
Scottish food tasting - shortbread, haggis, porridge etc.
Look at Scottish dress
Ask a Scottish teacher/parent, who would be willing, to come in and speak to the children.
Discuss accent and dialogue - write about differences.
P.E. 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 5, 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 7a, 7b, 7c, 8a, 8b, 8c, 8d, 8e
(P.E. 9a, 9b, 9c, 9d)
Music 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d
English 3: 1a, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
English 1: 1b, 1d, 1e, 1f. Citizenship 2a, 2b. Geography 1d Citizenship 1b, 2a, 2b, 2c
As a whole class, keep a record of pictures, stories, letters to the island, internet research and any other work.
create an 'Islands Journal' to collect all the information and give opportunity to revisit, once the topic is complete.
Visit a post office:
- discuss day to day jobs/roles
- would the children like to work there?
- how does the post office here compare to that in the stories?
(PSHE 1b, 1c, 1d. Geography 1c, 3c, 3d. Citizenship 1a, 1b, 1c, 2c, 2f, 2g, 5c)
Design the front of a postcard using simple/paint with scenes from the Isle of Struay
Take pictures using the digital camera/Ipad of the local area, compare them with pictures of Struay, other Islands, notice similarities/differences
(Geography 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3d, 3e, 6b, 7a, 7b. English 1a)
Using the Beebot - can children navigate the beebot around an enlarged Isle of Struay
Design a poster to advertise the next highland games on the Isle of Struay.
Research using the internet about different Islands, what is an Island, how life differs. Find information about Isle of Coll which the Island of Struay is based on.
Data Handling - traffic survey outside school. Collect data on a tally chart then represent on a bar chart. Discuss results and interpret how it would be different on Struay
Venn diagram - children to draw pictures/write about features that are at home, on Struay and in both
Table and pictogram of how children traveled to school, interpret data and compare to what they predict results would be on Struay
Numeracy - Data Handling
Money - buying items from the post office. Giving change
Measures - imagine we work at the post office on Struay, weigh parcels, solve problems to do with postal charges and weights
Science Sc2 1a, 5a, 5b. Sc3 1b,1d. Sc4 1a, 1b, 1c, 2b, 2c. Design and Technology 5a
Mathematics Ma2 1a, 1b, 1e, 1f, 1g, 1h, 1i, 5a, 2a, 2c, 4a, 4b. Ma3 1f, 3a, 3b, .
Science Sc1 2g
Geography 1b, 2c, 2e
(ICT 1a, 2a, 2b, 2c, 5b.
Geography 2c, 2d, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b)
Art and Design 2b, 4a, 5c
Design and Technology 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5b
En1 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 4a, 4b, 4c, 5, 6a, 6b, 8a, 8c, 8d, 9a, 9b, 11a, 11b, 11c
Citizenship 4c, 5c, 5e,
Citizenship 1b, 2a, 2b, 2e, 2f,