Learning By Topic KS1: Australia and English

Theme/Spelling words: Australia, Aboriginal, desert, beach, Uluru, kangaroo, koala, platypus, states, territories

List spellings in alphabetical order.

Write your theme words in sentences, try to use connectives, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in your sentences.

Write an acrostic poem with the word Australia. (Genre of writing: Poetry)

After completing the research on Aborigines from your history task. Imagine you are an Aboriginal standing on the coast of Australia watching the tall European ships sailing towards you. Write a diary entry describing the experience. Remember they have never seen ships or white man before and probably think their clothes and hats are quite strange! (Cross Curricular: History, Genre of writing: Recount & Description)

Can you list any Aussie slang words? E.g. G’day.

What is a Dreamtime story? Find a story or You Tube clip online that tells a traditional Dreamtime story. Now write your own Dreamtime story. (Genre of writing; Narrative)

In Australia, Cadbury make and sell a Caramello Koala (it’s like a Freddo Frog but a koala shape with caramel inside). What do you think would be a good animal chocolate to represent England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and what flavours would they be?

Write a story about a kangaroo who befriends a koala. (Genre of writing: Narrative)

Write a letter to your parents to convince them that a trip to Australia would be educational and a great family holiday. (Genre of writing: Persuasive)

Now that you have almost finished your topic learning about Australia, create an A-Z for Australia, e.g. A is for Aboriginal, B is for boomerang, C is for Canberra – Australia’s capital.