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This half term our Christian Value is FRIENDSHIP and our Skill for Life is COLLABORATION.


We are a happy, family school with strong Christian values. We all work together to promote a love of learning where children succeed and reach their full potential. We hope you enjoy your visit.Hanley Swan Primary School is part of the Hanley and Upton Educational Trust

Long Term Topic Activities

Planet Earth



Our new exciting topic for Summer term is Planet Earth! This will have strong links to our science work which is called, Animals Including Humans and will have a geography focus. There are so many learning opportunities and so much fun to be had! 


I have created a few activities that the children can have a go at over the next few weeks. I hope that you enjoy them.




  • Children may do some research on types of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and/or mammals. Which is the favourite? Are they carnivores, herbivores and omnivores? What does this mean? What is the structure of the animal? What do they eat? Where are they in the food chain?  Once the children have some knowledge about an animal that appeals to them, , write a report or make a fact file about the animal of your choice.  Think about including: headings and sub-headings, questions to the reader, fact boxes and labelled diagrams. Be creative! 
  • Trace or create a map of the United Kingdom and then name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities  and its surrounding seas. 
  • Find out about the word equator.  What is it? Which countries does it pass through? What would it be like to live in a country that is on the equator?  Then create a Word Cloud - use this site using all the new words that you have found. It is fairly easy just save a word document and then click on file and your word cloud will be created. The children can then change colours, shapes and designs. Have fun! 
  • Make your own weather station. What is the weather? You could include a rain gauge made out of an empty plastic bottle and/or a wind vane. Record the daily temperatures. What patterns do you notice? How does this compare to Alaska?   
  • Sketch, paint or make a model of your favourite animal.  Explain its natural habitat and what it eats.  How different does its habitat  provide for the basic needs of your animal?  
  • Create a poster or a holiday leaflet about Alaska.  Where is it?  Who lives there?  Which animals live there, and how are these creatures able to survive? 
  • Watch some David Attenborough YouTube clips that appeal. They are informative and fascinating.  This could be from The Lonely Planet, Blue Planet and/or Frozen Planet. What did you learn that you did not know before?