Age 10/11 Whole Unit Reading, Writing, Maths and Cross-curricular Plan: Mars- The Red Planet

The plan contains areas of learning in writing and maths covered in the unit. There are also seventeen days of reading activities and broad writing and maths objectives. Finally, cross-curricular objectives that are covered in the unit are provided.

All activities and objectives link to the ‘Mars- The Red Planet’ theme and contexts. Detailed lesson plans with animations, PowerPoints and differentiated resources are available for reading, writing and maths. Lessons in the unit are available here. To take part in trialling any resources for free please e-mail enquiries@ Maths and cross-curricular lessons are to be released soon.

The lessons are aimed at children at an age 10/11 level (Year 6 in England and Wales).

Reading, writing, maths and cross-curricular lessons all link to the ‘Mars- The Red Planet’ theme and contexts. Animations (from an astronaut’s first-person point of view as he or she travels) are linked to make teaching and learning come alive. Writing animations (see the animations here) revolve around a mission to Mars, an alien conflict and a hasty escape to return home. Maths animations (see the animations here) see us marooned on Mars and chronicle our attempts to get back home and the discovery of an alien life-form. Reading and cross-curricular lessons link and refer to the animations, theme and contexts.

Both writing and maths units have creative stages where oracy and drama are used to internalise teaching. In writing, children work in groups to create documentaries on a new planet, and in maths they create a video diary to document their mathematical calculations as they try to escape from Mars.

For more information on the teaching alive project please visit or e-mail enquiries@ Any positive or constructive feedback appreciated.


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