Introduce children to the plight of our oceans with our story Tao and the Kingdom of Pearls – an environmental tale that teaches us that working together produces results.

   

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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.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Addition and subtraction
  • Estimating
  • Geometry
  • Measurement

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

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Living in the wider world

There is great fun to be had at the seaside but children should also be aware of the dangers. Invite each year group to investigate a different aspect of sea safety for a whole-school assembly.

Knowledge and skills

  • Reading widely
  • Discussing books
  • Building on others' ideas

Author, Anne Faundez has worked with many famous names in children’s literature. She talks to us about her love of books and where it came from.

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Knowledge and skills

  • Reading
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Reading widely
  • Research

Anne Faundez selects some of the best sea-themed stories and nautical non-fiction to enhance your topic and stock your library shelves.

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