Cross curricular: Creative topics

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By Janice Hamiltondeputy headteacher

Teach favourite topics in a different way with Janice Hamilton’s suggestions for making exciting links across the curriculum

South America/Peru


Develop an understanding of the world and the location of South America by using Google Earth to travel from the children’s home town to Lima, the capital city of Peru.


Discuss the work of cartographers and how they use aerial views to generate maps. Try drawing a simple plan of the school/ location from an aerial photograph.

Food Technology:

Make ‘Besitos’ (Little Kisses), a traditional Peruvian sweet, made from condensed milk and desiccated coconut. Mix the ingredients into a thick consistency, cover with cling film, chill, and then roll into little balls.


Listen to some traditional music of the Andes played on the panpipes. Children can compose a simple tune on the pipes and record it.


Challenge the class to design and make Inca sun crowns, worn by the Incas during their midwinter ‘Inti Raymi’ festival, in which they prayed to the sun god to return to grow their crops.


More than half of Peru is covered in rainforest. Research and list species of insects, reptiles, birds and animals that flourish there. Ask the children to write rainforest shape poems based on their research.

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