2. Go underground

By Martin Crabbe | February 25 2019

2. Go underground

Blog Category: Campaign updateBlog Tags: Children & Young People, Education and Education

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    Climate Action 2 (#Love London. Love the World)

    Target audience: Key Stage 2 students (cross-curricular)

    1. ‘Going Underground’

    Next time you stand on a London Underground escalator, ask yourself what lies hidden in the earth around you. Perhaps it is the remains of a Roman home, a long buried river, secret war-time bunkers or the bones of an ancient tiger. London’s story is told in layers under our feet. Going Underground lets your children take a peak beneath the busy streets of their city, to bring their learning to life.

    This pack is designed to be flexible, to give you control over what you teach and when. The resources in this learning pack all sit within the Going Underground theme and promote cross-curricular teaching. This learning pack includes activity plans, which address learning objectives across the following subject areas:

    • History (Topics: Roman Londinium; Crime and Punishment through the ages)
    • English (Topic: Poems on the Underground)
    • Art & Design (Topic: Art on the Underground)
    • Science (Topic: Fossilised London)

    With special mention to Sarah Jane Taylor, Art on the Underground, Be Open, Mayor’s Fund for London, Museum of London, Natural History Museum and Poems on the Underground.

    Click here for the ‘Going Underground’ resources

    1. Care, create and collaborate on an exhibition 
    • Watch the video by Emma Watson to launch this next task.
    • Work together to create an exhibition of your own poetry, artwork or inventions that were inspired by ‘Going Underground’ in London.
    • Think about where to hold your exhibition. It might be in the school corridor or assembly hall or maybe even somewhere more adventurous. How about choosing an area that you think is a bit neglected or where it might cheer people up.
    • Think about a title for your exhibition like ‘We are Young London’.
    • Think about how your exhibition could improve your place and/ or community
    • At every stage you will need to collaborate with your teachers and classmates and anyone else that needs to be involved.

    Good Luck!

     Background to this resource

    This project aims to:

    1. Connect London’s schools to great resources based on their city and
    2. To suggest ways to introduce a global perspective to their work.

    Each blog will be based on two major curriculum resources available freely to teachers:

    1. The London Curriculum– developed by experts in their field working in partnership with the Mayor of London and his Education and Youth team.
    2. The World’s Largest Lesson– produced by Project Everyone in partnership with Unicef to help schools address three major challenges:
    • End extreme poverty
    • Fight inequality and injustice
    • Tackle climate change

    Each blog will aim to provide ways for teachers to reflect on these big issues through their own contexts, subject areas and from a London perspective.

    Thanks to the teams at City Hall and Project Everyone for providing these great resources. Some of my blog has been adapted from their websites.


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