Mystery Lesson Plan


Year: Year 6 Lesson Coverage: Mystery Tent

Curriculum Covered: KS2

English En1 Speaking and listening

1e, 3a,b, 8a

En2 Reading


En3 Writing



Sc2 Life processes and living things



Knowledge, skills and understanding

1a, 5b

Geography Enquiry


Design and technology

Art and design

Working with tools

2a,d, 3a

Exploring and developing

1c, 2c

About the Game

‘Mystery Tent’ has a Geography and Science focus, it involves matching food to the appropriate country of origin. The game has 3 levels with Level 3 being most appropriate for children in Year 6.

The main learning points within this game and lesson plan are:

We can use a map to locate other countries

Countries are sometimes identified using colour

Food comes from different countries

Some countries have a traditional dress

Traditional dress is worn during a celebration

We can use the Internet and other secondary sources to find information

Within the game, children select food and drag and drop it to the country they think it comes from. The foods are moved using the mouse, indicated by a white hand on screen. All foods and countries are labelled.

There are 6 foods to match in each section with a total of 5 sections in Level 3. The levels become progressively harder as the children move through Level 3. At the end of the game there is an option to try another level. Year 6 children will be most suited to use Level 3, which is the hardest level.

Lesson Plan

Before online activity

Additional Resources





During online activity

1. Talk to the children about where they have been on holiday.

Possible activity questions: o What is a landmark? o Why are they built? o Did you visit any famous landmarks on holiday? o Do you know any other famous landmarks? o Do you know the largest mountain range? o Where is it? o Which countries have high populations compared to

England? o What is a continent? o Can you name all of the continents? Africa, Asia,

Europe, North America, Oceania, South America,

Antarctica. (ref The National Curriculum, DfEE, QCA

1999) o What continent is each country in?

2. Encourage the children to make a list of famous landmarks and where they are. Particularly include:

England – Tower of London

France – Eiffel Tower

Italy – Leaning Tower of Pisa

China – Great Wall of China

America – Golden Gate Bridge

3. Also ask the children to use secondary sources to find famous landmarks in Mexico, India, Scotland, Greece, Holland, Spain and Russia.

1. Introduce children to computer and keyboard.

2. Help children with the computer start up procedures and entering of the My School Lunch website. Ask the children to select the ‘For Fun’ section.

3. Ensure that all children have selected ‘Mystery Tent’ and then chosen Level 3 (9-11 year olds).

4. Ask the children to read aloud the ‘How to Play’ instructions.

5. Ensure all children have selected ‘START’, using their mouse control.

6. Talk to the children about what they can see – food, map containing England, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy, Holland,

Greece, Morocco, Russia, China, India, St Lucia, USA, and


Possible online activity questions: o Can you remember the landmark in this country? o Do you think this country has larger/smaller population than England? o Which continent is this country in?

7. Show the children how to use the mouse to select the food illustrations, making sure they can locate the white hand on screen.

8. Show the children how to use the mouse to drag the foods.

Following online activities

Additional Resources

Internet access

Doll/toy figure

Material (different colours and textures)



9. Show the children what will happen if a food is dragged to the wrong country.

10. The game can be restarted by selecting another game, and reentering ‘Mystery Tent’.

11. Encourage children to alternate players and help each other with the game.

12. Talk to the children about the foods and countries whilst they are playing.

Possible online activity questions: o Do we eat that food at school for lunch? o Have you seen that food on a menu abroad?

13. At the end of the session help the children with closing the website and shutting down procedures.

Activity 1: Traditional Costumes

Talk to the childr en about the ‘MysteryTent’ game and ask them if they have travelled to different countries?

Activity Questions: o Do the people in those countries wear the same clothes as us? o What about their traditional dress/costume? o What is a traditional dress/costume? o When is it worn? o Why is it worn? o How else do people celebrate? e.g. food o Can you describe any traditional costumes? o Does anybody own any traditional costumes? o Do the men and women have different costumes?

Ask the children to use the Internet and sources of information to find out about traditional dress/costumes in some of the following countries: o Scotland o Wales o Russia o Spain o Holland

The children may work in pairs or small groups and choose their own country.

Encourage the children to find pictures/photographs of the traditional costumes they have researched.

Ask the children to make their own drawing/sketch of the traditional costume, including all accurate colours.

Give each group a doll/toy figure and ask the children to reproduce the traditional costume they have researched.

Talk to the children about the colours and relevant detail.

When all dolls are complete, ask each group to tell the rest of the class about the costume they have produced.

Support/Extension Ideas

The ideas below are given to support the less able and extend the more able children in Year


Support Ideas 

Seat less able child with a more able partner (child/adult).

Extension Ideas 

Encourage more able children to help less able children play

‘Mystery Tent’.

Some children may be able to bring in some traditional costume to show to the class.

Some children could produce written work to answer the questions below: o What is a traditional dress/costume?

o When is it worn?

o Why is it worn? o Do the men and women have different costumes?

o How else do people celebrate? e.g. food