Home Page

June 29th onwards: Below, Above and Beyond

Our final topic of the year is a big one with more than enough to keep us all busy for the final three weeks. It is an environmental theme looking at the Natural world  because we know how much our children enjoy looking at our world. It has opportunities to look at life in the oceans, on and below the ground, and in the skies. There are lots of great stories and books to read or listen to. Lots of opportunities for English work and also the Art and DT which we know you have all been loving. It does of course link brilliantly to geography and science too. It is definitely a project you can take in any and many directions. If you are still hankering after the Africa topic you could always focus on environmental issues and the natural world in Africa. I know everyone is feeling a bit flat at the moment as the lockdown continues lets try really hard to boost our spirits focusing on the natural world and how we can help to keep it safe.


Guess Who?- Ask your child to write fact cards about animals from under the sea. They can use books or websites to find out about the appearance, habitat and diet of each creature. After this, play a game of ‘Guess Who?’ using the cards and yes/no questions.


.A wonderful book of colourful and rhyme is The Commotion at the bottom of the Ocean. Click on the title and hear it read on Youtube. There are some sheets below that you can print or just look at to inspire you to write descriptions of different creatures or to make up rhymes or create your own fact file of creatures that live in the sea.


Another excellent story to listen to is Somebody swallowed StanleyAnd another is Flotsam which is a picture book that you can look through here whilst the first link showed someone talking you through the pictures.



The Legend of The Crabe Phare

Generations of fisherman have seen the mythical Crabe Phare, which has grown larger and larger over the years. What will happen when a group of tourists discover the ancient beast?

Click here

  • Watch the introduction up to 0:45. What effect does the narration have? How is the idea of the crabe phare built up?

  • Stop the video at 0:45. What do you think is going to happen next? Why do you think that? 

  • Watch the section between 1:46-1:53, then write a description of the scene. What can you see? What is happening?  

  • Stop the film at 0:49, and then again at 4:04. Compare the two scenes. What is the same, and what is different?

  • What would it be like to go on holiday to Crabe Phare? Write a letter describing what it is like. 

  • Newspaper report of the disaster when the town collapses (from 4:32 to 5:23).

  • Make a storyboard of the film.

  • Stop at various points where it focuses on the crab’s face, for example 1:45, 3:15, 5:03.  What is the crab thinking?

  • Write a narration for the film.

  • Stop the film at 1:06. How does the crab feel about the ship in a bottle? Why does he feel that way?

  • Create an advert persuading people to visit Crabe Phare. What would you include to make them want to come?

  • Watch the trailer. Have a go at planning your own trailer. What would you include to make people want to see the film?

  • Write the sequel, what happens next?

The Oldest Man in the Sea

A fascinating interview with an 83 year old fisherman in Castletownbere, Ireland.


  • Imagine that you were able to interview Pat. What questions would you ask him? How might he respond?

  • Write a biography about Pat's life.

  • Create a story using the title 'The Oldest Man in the Sea'. What might happen?

  • Finish the title 'The Oldest Man in the...' and write a story based on it.


Animated on location at a beach, in snow, and underwater, this stop-motion short details a transoceanic conversation between two characters via objects in a bottle.

  • Create a written version of this story.

  • Imagine a telephone conversation between the two characters. What would they say to each other?

  • Write a new story about two characters who can only communicate via messages in a bottle.

  • Write an alternative ending to this story.

  • Make a list of words to describe the materials that the two characters are made from.

  • Write a prequel to the animation. Where did the two characters come from?

  • Pause the video at different points and discuss what the characters might be thinking / feeling.

  • Record some narration / dialogue for the story.

  • Brainstorm ideas for a new story with the title 'The Bottle'.


• Write a simple newspaper report about the event.

 • Write some dialogue for the film. 

• Write a recount of the events.

 • Write a description of the lighthouse keeper. 

• Write a description of the lighthouse on the rocks. 

• Research a history of lighthouses.

 • Find out about Grace Darling. 

• Read The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch.



Luxna -

Watch this moving 3D animated short called "Luxna" about man named Tom, who as a young boy, was passionate about astronomy and always dreaming about outer space.

  • Write a narration for the film.

  • Write a diary entry for the day Andreya disappears and the day Tom goes to the moon. 

  • What do you think happened to Andreya? Write the story from her point of view.

  • Stop the film at 0:47. How is Tom feeling?

  • Stop the film at 1:52. What adjectives can you use to describe the treehouse? What about Tom, how is he feeling?

  • Compare and contrast the two settings; in the treehouse and in Tom’s spaceship. 

  • Compare the film to other stories about the moon. For example: Whatever next! (by Jill Murphy), Papa Please Get the Moon for Me? (by Eric Carle), The Way Back Home (by Oliver Jeffers) and Man on the Moon (by Simon Bartram).

  • Watch the original version (without English subtitles). Write your own subtitles to explain what is going on. 

  • Create a non chronological report about the moon.

  • Create a character profile for Tom. What do you think his personality is like? What words could you use to describe him?

  • Make a storyboard to summarise the main events of the story.

  • Watch the trailer for the film. Plan your own trailer. Which scenes would you choose?



Join the dancers in this water theme

Sun, sea and song!



 There are many bible stories that look at the animal kingdom, non more famous than Noah's Ark and then of course you can find out about Jonah and the Whale



Jonah and the Whale 

Noah’s Ark 


Put Your Goggles On- Your child can visit this website and watch a live stream of a tropical reef. Whilst watching, ask them to sketch all of the animals that they can see. Remind them to look at the shapes and patterns on each creature and to include these in their sketches. 

Lets think about water and science, I know we have looked at this once during one of our topics but people really enjoyed it so we have added some more. Investigate which things will float and sink. Think about is it the shape or what the material is or something else. Make a prediction before running a test.

Use your findings to make a mini raft.



Explore Floating and Sinking (see DT)


Fill up a bowl, sink or basin and find a range of objects to explore. Which ones float and which sink? Ask them why they think they float/ sink? CHALLENGE: Keep a record of the objects that float and sink? This could be using pictures or written.



KS1 - Different habitats around the World

Animal groups

Introduction to seasons, day and night 



Renewable and non-renewable energy

Food Chains

Vertebrates and invertebrates

The Solar System

Bioluminescence: Lighting up Our Oceans - Many sea creatures possess a fascinating light-producing ability called bioluminescence. Some fish dangle a lighted lure in front of their mouths to attract prey, while some squid shoot out bioluminescent liquid, instead of ink, to confuse their predators. Direct your child to find out about bioluminescence and how some sea creatures rely on this for their survival. They could then choose a sea creature which uses bioluminescence (like the anglerfish) and create a poster fact sheet about it, including what bioluminescence is and how their chosen sea creature uses it.


 Research the history of spaceflight/or flight

  • Write a biography of a famous astronaut or Amelia Earhart


Famous Explorers

Robert Falcon Scott

Christopher Columbus

Amelia Earhart


Or maybe you could find out more about David Attenborough who has devoted his life to studying our environment.


Pirates: Daring Figures of History or Brutal Sea-Thieves?- Many books have been written and movies made about pirates. But who were the real pirates of the past? Direct your child to explore these facts about real pirates from history. They could create a fact file or information report about what they have learned, including key dates and figures. Alternatively, they could create a ‘wanted’ poster for a pirate, including facts about his/her deeds and adventures.


Mrs Price has set up some great computing activities again give them a go.

Luxna -

Watch the sequence where Tom lands on the moon (3:55 - 4:08). Design a game in Purple Mash to land a spacecraft on the moon.


How to make a submarine in Minecraft


Helicopter swipe game in Purple Mash

Launch the rocket into space with a count down timer


Under the Sea’ Stretches - Ask your child to try some yoga using the Cosmic Kids Youtube channel. There are lots of ‘Under the Sea’ themed yoga workouts and even a Moana-themed adventure! Or simply get stretching to some relaxing deep sea sound effects.



Speeding Through The Seas- Sailfish are the fastest fish in the ocean. Challenge your child to be just as speedy and complete the following 5 activities as fast as possible: Star jumps, tuck jumps, press-ups, squats and lunges. Ask them to record how many repetitions of each activity they can perform in 1 minute. Can they beat their personal best? Challenge them to record their heart rate (beats per minute) after each activity.



Design a spacesuit. Watch this NASA video about the suit design process.

Make a lighthouse

Make a Submarine - This will need adult supervision!

Make a ship in a bottle

Explore Floating and Sinking (see science)


 Submarine Sculptures - Ask your child to look at pictures of real submarines for inspiration and create their own model submarine from different materials found at home e.g. plastic bottles, paint, coloured pencils, string, paper mache, sweet wrappers, tin foil and cardboard. When your child is collecting materials, question them on the suitability of each material. Alternatively, children could design and create a boat to carry a load on the ocean using junk modelling. 


Let’s Create: Using recycled materials design and make a recycling mascot to spread the word about the importance and need to recycle. Think about what it is going to look like? Which materials are they going to use? How are they going to join the materials together? Once completed, remember to evaluate their mascot. What would they do differently next time? Which parts did they find the most challenging and why? 

Mission to Space- Get your child to research the different components of a spacecraft and using their understanding of this, design their own spacecraft. Get them to think carefully about what it needs to include in order for astronauts to survive in space. Can they make a small scale model using resources from around the home? There might be inspiration here. 


Make your own ‘Under the Sea’ Scene

●      Watch this video of the coral reef. Talk about the animals you can see. What are the animals called?

●  Use junk modelling or craft items you have around your house to create the scene. You could even add in natural objects e.g. grass as seaweed.


Make your own aquarium


Lots of things to look up and then record your findings in whatever form you choose- fact file, storyboard, newspaper reports etc

KS1 - Introduction to Antarctica

KS2 - Rivers


Time zones

Fossil fuels and Renewable Energy

Natural Resources

Sustainability and Plastics


What is Climate Change? Find out here

Melting Polar Ice caps experiment

Global warming

Polar Bears and how to save them

Polar bear cub surprised by seal

The Oceans of the World- Using an atlas or the web ask your child to identify the world’s oceans. Year 1 children may need some support with this. Can they find out what animals live in each ocean? This game allows your child to practise naming and locating the oceans

The documents below are all about the different layers of the ocean and what lives where. What can you find out?


Underwater cling film picture. Instructions are underneath if the clip won’t load.

Make an underwater picture with a watery appearance using cling film, stencils and paints. A watery background is first created by mixing PVA glue and paint. The wet squidgy mixture is then overlaid with cling film and squeezed to form a shiny rippled texture effect. Objects to go into the scene such as fish, plants and coral are drawn onto card and cut out to create stencils. They are put in position on the background and stencilled on using thick paint and a brush. Once removed, the stencilled images combine to create an underwater scene on a realistic looking underwater background.



Have a look at this Blue Abyss painting: This is a super way to explore tints, tones and shades.  Add white, or black to a blue for a super effect.


Here are some more ideas and some more   


No wax fish batik


Luxna -   The film is in French. Learn some French space vocabulary, e.g. le casque - helmet.

Save our Planet


This section is a mix of lots of different subjects with a focus on projects about how we can save our planet.

Get a Planet Protectors Pack


Lots of Eco activities and more here


Some recycling crafts


Don't forget the Alfresco wild site  


There are lots of good story books to get you started

Listen to this story the life of a plastic bottle and another one The adventures of an aluminium can


123 Whose cleaning the sea


Not for me please i choose to act green read aloud


What a waste trash recycling and protecting our planet by Jess French


One Plastic Bag a story about women in Gambia and here you can see how they recycle the bags



Working Together to Save Our Oceans -The BBC programme Blue Planet 2 sparked an outcry about the health of our oceans and the huge threat caused by plastics, but lots of people around the world are working hard to help solve this problem. Direct your child to read about Madison Edwards, a 12 year old environmental activist. Encourage them to do their bit to help preserve our oceans by asking them to keep a ‘plastic diary’ recording how much single-use plastic the family uses. Ask them to write down one thing that the family will do to use less plastic.