Hop on board a big, red bus and head for England’s capital. Yes, that’s right, we’re on our way to London! This half term, we’ll take tea with the Queen and visit Buckingham Palace online. Using maps and research, we’ll locate Buckingham Palace, understand compass directions, plan routes around London and learn about the countries of the United Kingdom. Our research will take us back in time to the Great Fire of London and to famous London landmarks, as well as giving us an understanding of what it’s like to live in a big city.
At the end of our project, we’ll share our learning with our parent curriculum session on Wednesday 17th July hope to see you there.
Cities are exciting places. Why not visit a local city to spot interesting vehicles, buildings and landmarks? Alternatively, you could search the web for images, information and film clips about London and keep a scrapbook of your findings. You could also visit the local library to see if you can find some colourful books of nursery rhymes and traditional songs to enjoy together.
Spellings and a maths activitiy are sent out on Friday. Spellings are tested on Wednesday (please can spelling books be in school by the Wednesday morning).
Reading – every night if possible.
What will you choose to do?
• Make a cityscape artwork and take it to school to share with the class.
• Spot and talk about different types of vehicles while you are out and about with
• Create a 2-D city shape picture. Can you label the shape names? What are the
properties of the shapes in your picture?
• Search the web with an adult to find images of different cities in the world. Create
a scrapbook of your favourite cities and include pictures, labels and captions. Can
you find and record a short fact about each city?
• Visit a city near you with an adult. Look out for interesting buildings that are
different sizes and shapes. Make a list of the sights, sounds and smells that you
discover. You could even draw a simple map of your journey.
• Take your teddy on a visit to a city near you. Write a simple diary entry about your
teddy’s day out, including what he or she saw and felt. Illustrate teddy’s diary.
• Make a mini book of your city visit, showing the transport and buildings you saw.
Label the pictures.
• Create and label a picture or map of a fantasy city. What type of buildings would
be in your city and what would they look like? What transport would people use in
• Build a real or fantasy city using Lego, blocks or 3-D junk material from home. Play
with your city using figures and vehicles.
• Draw a map of a city and direct a toy car or figure using words such as forwards,
backwards, straight ahead, left, right, up, down, under and over. You can use
numbers too if you like.
• Visit your local library with an adult and search for non-fiction, fiction or poetry
books about cities. Read and enjoy them with an adult or your class.
• Create a city song to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus. Your song should start with, ‘I
went to the city, and I saw…’
Books for Topics
(Taken from Espresso – History 1 – The Great Fire of London) – Espresso is now available at home please ask if you need the student login password.