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.
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:
|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.
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
Art & Design – KS2:
Geography – KS2:
6c, d, e (if using Sarehole Mill as a study of sustainability/changing
* 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”).