- Being introduced to non-fiction books that are structured in different ways
Clipboards, paper, pencils, squared paper, access to tablet, local map, tree and plant identification guides, small paper, sticks and string, local area guides or maps.
Show the children a map of their local area. Look at the Tree and plant identification guides.
Look together for any trees or plants the children may recognise and ask the children if they have any plants or trees like those recognised in their local green spaces or gardens.
Look at the local guides together, and read out a description of a local popular tourist destination. Discuss the descriptive words and vocabulary used, and how non-fiction texts and travel literature as a genre differ from fiction books.
Explain you are together going to create a guide and map of the school for any visitors to their school.
Using the website http://gridreferencefinder.com/, type in the school postcode, and find the location of the school. Explain the image is taken by a satellite in space, and point out the trees and any green spaces.
Divide the class in to two groups and assign each group an area of the school grounds. Provide each group with paper, clipboard, post it notes and a digital camera. Ask the children to explore the grounds according to their section of the map, asking each group to draw points of interest and marking out green spaces, plants and trees. Using the identification guides, naming any trees or plants they can match to the guides.
Explain to the children that they are now tour guides, and they must guide the other group around their mapped section, pointing out and naming areas of interest, their features and any naming any plants and trees as the journey progresses.
Collate the written work, photographs and maps to create a School Guide.
Find a grassy area and explain you would like the two groups to come together to make a 3d map of their school. Allow the children to use small sticks, pebbles, string and creativity to recreate their areas. Offer around 10 minutes for the activity, and then as a group discuss the results.