Central Idea/ Big Idea

Who are Northamptonshire’s famous sports stars?

An enquiry into the sporting history of Northamptonshire, how clubs positively impact our community. Focusing on key pioneers, and how they have left their mark on history.

National Curriculum Objectives



    • Note similarities and differences between periods of time
    • Use a wide vocab of everyday historical terms.


    • Have an awareness of the past
    • Use common words/phrases relating to the passage of time
    • Have an understanding of chronological framework (where events are in a wider timeline).


Noun, noun phrase, statement, question, exclamation, command, compound, suffix, adjective, adverb

Past, present, war, officer, hero, soldier

Northampton, Northamptonshire

Shape, colour, pattern

Sportsman, athlete, different, sizes, stadium, famous, compete, competition, competitor, coach, professional, pioneer, footballer

Lines of Enquiry / Key Question(s):

Additional questions

    • Which are the most successful sports in Northamptonshire?
    • Why is Walter Tull significant?
    • What do the sports teams contribute to the community?

Conceptual Lens
Mutual Respect


Place knowledge

    • I can make comparisons of human features of a small area in the UK

Geographical skills and fieldwork

    • I can use compass directions to explain positions of places.
    • I can devise and use a map with a key.
    • I can use a range of fieldwork techniques to study my school and local area.


Previous Learning


    • To say out loud what they are going to write about.
    • To compose a sentence orally before writing it.
    • To discuss what they have written with the teacher or other pupils.
    • To reread their writing to check
    • To use simple sentence structures.
    • To use the joining word (conjunction) ‘and’ to link ideas and sentences.
    • To begin to form simple compound sentences.


Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.

They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

Lines of Enquiry / Key Question(s):

Key People
Sport Ground (Cobblers, NCC, Saints) Portrait artist visit Walter Tull

Use of ICT

Linked Texts/ Reading Lens

    • Walter Tull scrapbook
    • Collected diaries sporting superheros
    • Children’s book of sport
    • World at your feet
    • Salt in his shoes
    • A thousand nos
    • Descriptive passage or extract from magazine/website/ book – Literacy Lens



Sports Ground (Cobblers, NCC, Saints) Portrait artist visit Sports visitor


    • To write about personal experiences and those of others (real and fictional).
    • To write about real events.
    • To plan what they are going to write about, including writing down ideas and/or key words and new vocabulary
    • To encapsulate what they want to say, sentence by sentence.
    • To reread to check that their writing makes sense and that the correct tense is used throughout.
    • To write for different purposes with an awareness of an increased amount of fiction and non-fiction structures.
    • To use the present tense and the past tense mostly correctly and consistently.




Future Learning

Lines of Enquiry / Key Question(s):

Writing Genre

    • Report writing – Children to write a report about the life of Walter Tull and his significance in British history
    • Descriptive writing – Children describe their logo/ crest and persuade their audience how this represents Oakway sports


    • Report about Walter Tull
    • Designing a logo or crest for Oakway Sporting events 
    • Descriptive/ persuasive writing about logo – advert for logo/ competition entry