J R R Tolkien

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Aims and objectives
The aim of this project is for pupils to develop a more detailed understanding of J. R. R. Tolkien, where he lived and the books he wrote. This project draws on the enquiry, research, interpretation and summary skills of the history curriculum.

Previous knowledge
Pupils will need to be aware of either the books (the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings), or more likely, the Peter Jackson films (the Fellowship of the Ring, the Two Towers and the Return of the King).*

In the classroom
This is a flexible project which can allow children to work either independently, in pairs or in small groups. Whilst the main focus of this project is History, it also has cross curricular links with Literacy, Art & Design, ICT and Geography.

As the project format is self-contained, it can be visited in stages over a period of time as part of a medium term plan or completed as one-off project. The nature of the process also allows for use as a series of homework activities.

Support materials description: Resources type:
Worksheets are provided as an integral part of the activity. It is recommended that pupils have access to either a digital, hard copy or audio version of ‘The Hobbit’.

Included is a tolkien.pdf which contains the opening paragraphs to ‘The Hobbit’ for classroom use only.


Curriculum references
History – KS2:
4a, b; 5a, c (plus 7 if used as a part of a Local history study)

English – KS2:
En2 1a; 3a-f; 4c, d; 5e, f; 8b, f; 9b
En3 9b, c, d; 10; 12

This activity has been designed to cover the National Literacy Strategy requirements.

Art & Design – KS2:

Geography – KS2:
6c, d, e (if using Sarehole Mill as a study of sustainability/changing usage etc.)

* Please note that the official web site for the ‘Lord of the Rings Net’ referred to in the activity is not rated but be aware that the VHS/DVD commercial films which you may consider using are rated as PG-13 (“parent strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13”).

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