Our India topic has a geography focus which inspires the children’s curiosity about the world around them. The children learn about the physical and human geographical features of India. Using atlases, computers and iPads, the children independently research life in India, enabling them to compare and contrast life in India with life in England. To gather more information about daily life they write letters to a partner school in India (a purposeful and focussed writing activity).
The topic begins with the children planning a journey to India from the UK. They use lots of Geography skills as they work out the route and use maps with different scales. The children will be using and applying their Maths skills here as they will be solving problems and calculating distances, directions, timings and costings. There is a travel agency where they will choose and buy their flights and two other means of transport to reach their destination. They will have a budget with which to pay for the transport
The children will be able to ‘go deeper’ into more complex work if they take risks. This will mean they will have additional challenges in order to cut costs.
Cross-curricular (including maths, DT, art and English)
Through our creative curriculum the children learn to be market traders in an Indian market. With their business partners, they have to design and make a product to sell at the market. Just like in a real business the pupils have a budget and aim to make as much profit at possible. Marketing, advertising and promoting their product, the pupils attempt to appeal to their customers and sell, sell, sell! Throughout this challenge pupils use lots of skills:
Subject skills - Maths calculating skills (+ - x ÷) DT skills (sawing, glueing, chopping etc.) Art skills (design, creativity)
2. Cross curricular skills - persuading, marketing, advertising, problem solving, comparing, choosing, decision making
3. The 6Rs and other skills - resourcefulness, team work, negotiation, compromise, respect, resilience, organisation
In English our India topic focusses on traditional Indian tales. The children discuss characters, settings, plot and identify the moral issues within the story. They plan, write, edit and improve their own story versions through discussion, talk for writing techniques and improvisation.
Our class text is Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman. A beautiful story about a girl who doesn’t speak. Through this book children get the opportunity to discuss their understanding, ask and answer questions, draw inferences (such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions,) and justify their answers with evidence.
For our non-fiction writing the children write an information text about Indian animals in the style of the TV programme 'Deadly 60'. They are self- directed in their learning, research in teams creating their own fact files and presenting their findings to persuade their classmates to vote their animal onto the 'Most Deadly' list!
As part of our India topic and RE curriculum the children investigate ‘What it means to be a Hindu in Britain today?’ As part of this, they visit a local Mandir.
The children visit the Hindu Temple to get first- hand experience and learn more about the Hindu faith. Through enquiry based learning and questioning they develop an understanding about key aspects of Hindu belief and worship.
To show gratitude and appreciation, the children write thank you letters to the temple explaining in greater depth what they have learnt and how the activity has developed their understanding.