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Respect My Community

Making Links

 

Our House

Obtain a map of your locality. A good scale Ordnance Survey map or Google Maps might be sufficient for this.

Locate geographical features:

Places of worship,

Parks or playgrounds,

Schools/Colleges,

Community Centres,

Leisure facilities,

Shopping Centres,

Public buildings,

Natural features (river or hill for example) 

 

·         Study the map and identify the different places they use.

·         Draw a rough map of the places that are important to them on large paper.

·         Look at their maps together and talk to each other about the community spaces.

·         Add any other important places from discussion.

 

SUGGESTED QUESTIONS:

Can you find your home?

What places do we all use?

Are there places you go to that are different to your friends?

Which places are important to you? Why?

Where do other members of your family live?

How might it be different if you lived somewhere else?

 

Moving further afield

 

Make links with neighbouring schools or further afield which may be of different faith (e.g. use teacher links at other schools). Forging a link with a school in a contrasting area will allow opportunities for rich and varied discussion. This will hopefully open links with other topics and discussion points, e.g. cultures and faith.

 

Possible joint activities:

 

·         Plan opportunities to share activities, e.g. if in walking distance have a shared story time or teddy bears picnic. If possible use public transport (cheaper!) and visit each others schools/communities.

·         Develop links with year group topics / joint projects and celebrate in a portfolio or Moodle.

·         Use maps from introduction activity and share / compare with link school.

·         If it’s not possible to visit for this joint activity, the large scale children’s maps could be sent through the post which would generate excitement and enthusiasm from the children for the project.

·         Compare similarities and differences between the communities.

·         Refer back to suggested questions to generate discussion within class.

·         Children to think of follow up questions to pose to their new friends. These questions could be sent to the link school via teacher / class email.

·         Dance: organise a dance workshop to include a variety of different dance forms e.g. street dance, banghra, country dance.

·         Dance workshops could be held over a series of sessions focusing on each dance form. Conclude with a joint performance of children’s best bits.

·         Share and compare range of faiths within our schools e.g. places of worship, traditions, songs.

Thinking Skills

ENQUIRY

·          Use techniques to collect and organise information

·          Ask relevant questions

·          Ask and answer questions, select and record relevant information

·          Use a range of data gathering techniques

·          Ask different types of questions and decide how to find answers

PROBLEM SOLVING

·          Consider a range of possible solutions

·          Ask questions and record information relevant to the problem

CREATIVE THINKING

·          Ask ‘why’, ‘how’, ‘what if’ or unusual questions

·          Reflect critically on ideas, actions and outcomes

·          Respond to ideas, tasks and problems in surprising ways

·          Make connections and see relationships

·          Reflect critically on ideas, actions and outcomes

INFORMATION PROCESSING

·          Understand what is relevant information

·          Know where to find information

·          Talk about and recognise similarities

·          Use first hand experiences and simple information sources to answer questions

·          Summarise information

·          Record information using a given format or a format they have devised

REASONING

·          Explain what they have done and why and the conclusions they have reached as a result

·          Predict and anticipate events

·          Recognise and challenge assumptions

·          Use the language of similarity and difference

·          Offer evidence to support reasoning

EVALUATION

·          Draw on a range of evidence sources to support evaluation

·          Express their own views, opinions and preferences

 

RESOURCES

- Ordnance Survey map or Google Maps

- Lancashire Sports – contact local sports representative for local dance instructor to facilitate joint dance workshops

- Lancashire Link Schools Database

- Music: Song by Madness: Our House

- Dance video