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Hedgehogs

At Duchy of Lancaster we use knowledge organisers to set out the key learning for our learning in Geography, History, Science, Art . You can download these below to use at home. 

Science

Animals and their Needs

In this unit pupils will be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice about animals. They will be looking closely at animals in the natural world around them and will learn that animals are living organisms that move around and breathe. They will learn that unlike plants, animals do not make their own food, they must eat other plants and animals in order to survive. Children will be introduced to the idea of grouping animals, a scientific concept that will be built upon in subsequent units such as ‘Living Things and their Environment’ in Year 2, ‘Classification of Animals’ in Year 4 and ‘Classification’ in year 6. Children will learn scientific terminology such as carnivore, herbivore and omnivore. Understanding that scientists group things will help children to develop disciplinary knowledge in science, how science works and how scientists have arrived at the knowledge we currently have. Explaining to children that scientists don’t know everything there is to know about animals because there are many that haven’t been studied yet, will help children to understand that science is a changing discipline and that they might play a role in it in the future. This unit also introduces children to the idea of grouping according to features and children will explore birds, amphibians, mammals, reptiles and fish, becoming familiar with the common names of these, including those kept as pets. Children will build substantive knowledge of animals, their names and their appearances. This knowledge will continue to build over time as children progress through the curriculum.

Animals and their Needs Knowledge Organiser 

History

Discovering History

The ‘Discovering History’ unit introduces children to discipline of history and creates a solid foundation to help our children understand what a historian is, what an archaeologist is, and how sources and evidence help in uncovering facts about the past. Our key objective for this unit is for all pupils to understand that history is the story of the past. As the children move throughout the curriculum, their disciplinary knowledge (how knowledge is established and continues to be revised) in history will continue to be built upon in each year group. This unit will introduce children to the concept of the past, they will look at pictures, hear stories and will begin to understand that there were lives lived before theirs. Recognising that children will bring different lived experiences to the classroom, we aim to interest children in the discipline of history through storytelling, physical experience, historical facts, and chronology. Where possible, we would like children to physically experience history, through utilising local resources, holding artefacts or replica artefacts and through meeting people who can tell historical stories.

Discovering History Knowledge Organiser

Art

Line

This unit introduces children to the element of line. It presents the idea that lines are like basic tools for artists and explores Klee’s influential statements describing lines. The lessons explore vocabulary for describing different kinds of lines and children practise using these to create pictures, working directly from instructions and using their imagination. They investigate the work of Miro, Bratescu and Klee which show how lines can be used to show different things, ranging from simple shapes and objects to representing dreams and music. They look at how artists can use different materials to make lines, not only using pencils, pens and paint but using 3D media, such as wire and string. They then produce their own work using mixed media. Looking at huge paintings by Miro affords the opportunity to address the idea of scale and the children work as a group to produce a large piece of work.

Line Knowledge Organiser