KS2 pupils stare into the dragon's den

11th January 2008 at 00:00
It is a former capital of Poland, a city of 750,000 inhabitants with a castle, prestigious university and a dragon's den. Now Krakow is also the subject of geography lessons for primary children in Cheshire.

Children have to learn about contrasting localities in the UK, European Union and further afield as part of the key stage 2 curriculum.

A teaching pack written by Tony Pickford, a senior lecturer at the University of Chester, called Krakow: Around the Dragon's Den, focuses on the daily life of a child living in the city.

As well as being a geography resource, it aims to meet the needs of Polish children in the UK who are learning English. It uses both Polish and English text to discuss topics such as shopping, getting to school and using public transport.

Since former Eastern bloc countries joined the EU in 2004, about 55,000 immigrants have settled in the north west of England, most of them Polish.

The pack, aimed at children aged 8 or 9, also includes a literacy unit focusing on a traditional story from Krakow about the fire-breathing dragon that used to live under the hill on which the city is built.

The teachers' book provides guidance on teaching English as an additional language, as well as showing links to the primary framework for literacy.

The pound;30 pack contains 40 A4 cards with images of Krakow, with additional resources on CD-Rom.

For more information, contact Cheshire Traveller Education and Minorities Support, tel 01606 274331.

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