Knowledge and skills

  • Geographical skills
  • Human geography
  • Locational knowledge
  • Mapping skills
  • Physical geography
  • Place knowledge
  • Reading and listening to poetry

The beach described in Tao and the Kingdom of Pearls sounds idyllic; golden sands, tiny fishing boats pulled high onto the beach. But where the land meets the sea is very varied and makes for interesting investigations.

Knowledge and skills

  • Living in the wider world
  • Sustainable living
  • Art and design techniques
  • Designing and making
  • Using a wide range of materials

Harness the creativity of the sea and create a display of marine-themed art in your classroom.

Knowledge and skills

  • Significant events in history
  • Significant individuals in history
  • Historical concepts
  • Historical enquiry
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking

Introduce children to the concept that there is rarely a single, factual version of history with this multi-faceted Sir Walter Raleigh project.

Knowledge and skills

  • Living in the wider world
  • Mapping skills
  • Locational knowledge
  • Weather and climate
  • Speaking and listening
  • Creative thinking
  • Writing based on real events

Encourage some exciting investigative reporting with an in-depth look at the plight of 29,000 little yellow plastic ducks.

Knowledge and skills

  • Working scientifically
  • Everyday materials
  • Living in the wider world
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Sustainable living

Our sea story is a perfect way to introduce some environmental science, with opportunities for the children to try out some real scientific enquiry. Based on an idea from AST Sarah Williams.

Knowledge and skills

  • Composing music
  • Experimenting with sound
  • Performing music
  • Listening to music
  • Peer evaluation

Music teacher Francesca Smith shows how stories can inspire some cool musical creations.

Knowledge and skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Discussing books
  • Speaking and listening
  • Asking questions
  • Speaking before writing
  • Storytelling
  • Character analysis

Jo Bowers, senior lecturer in primary education, finds an ocean of critical thinking themes in Tao and the Kingdom of Pearls.

Knowledge and skills

  • Comprehension
  • Discussing books
  • Asking questions
  • Vocabulary development
  • Critical thinking

Comprehension activities don’t need to be dull – try out some of these quick ideas from Nicky and Ginny of Morris and Simmons Education, then put children’s knowledge and understanding to the test with a class quiz finale.

Knowledge and skills

  • Writing poetry
  • Forms of poetry
  • Creative thinking

Children’s writer and poet Jenny Heap takes a journey down to the sea and helps  us use our senses to create some beautiful poetry.

Knowledge and skills

  • Reading for pleasure
  • Discussing books
  • Speaking and listening
  • Character, plot and setting
  • Character analysis
  • Role-play and drama
  • Vocabulary development

Louise Dobson, teacher at St John’s Stonefold CE Primary School, explores the colour of words and shades of meaning in Tao and the Kingdom of Pearls.

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