In geography, year 3 have mainly focused on map skills; we have read and interpreted a range of maps, including globes and digimaps. The children understand how to use a key and four figure grid references.
More recently, we have been learning about different landscapes and discussed where we could find certain landscapes in the British Isles. We have also started investigating different types of settlement. The children have thought about the key factors a settlement needs in order to survive and have compared several different landscapes across the world, investigating how they could survive with different dilemmas.
What is a coast?
During our Year 4 Spring topic, we will be understanding what the seashore is like. We will look at five different types of coastlines and research and describe their features. We will also be understanding how the sea shapes the coast. We will research and name all eight seashore features. As well as this, we will be understanding how people look after the coast and in particular, look closely at the Jurassic Coastline.
What makes a settlement?
This topic specifically focussed on towns. At the beginning of the topic, we investigated the features of a town. We looked at an aerial photograph of a town and compared it to a map of the same town. After this, we researched how towns began. We also looked at five different types of towns – factory towns, market towns, ports, crossing points and seaside towns. Finally, we looked at how a town works, and which services keep it working. We then imagined we worked for the council and looked at a street map of our local area around school. We had to decide, and mark on the map, where a suitable place would be to put a new litter bin. We also had to give reasons for our choice.
Passport to Europe
At the beginning of this Year 4 Autumn topic, we looked at and discussed images of landscapes, landmarks and flags of countries in Europe. Next, we looked at the countries that made up the continent of Europe and identified them on a map. We then used the atlases to find a European country that we wanted to focus on for the rest of the topic. The most popular country to study was Germany. We identified how many continents there are and identified them on a world map in the atlas. We then used the internet and other sources to gain some background knowledge about Germany and identify Germany on a world map. We drew a map of Germany and included rivers, cities and mountains on it. At the end of our topic, we discussed the features of a report and created an information report about Germany.
This year, so far, in Year 6 we have learnt about ‘Water’ this includes water conservation, where water comes from, which countries are still without free-flowing safe water. We have added to our class map, showing where in the world clean water is needed and we have labelled the oceans and seas around the world. We have also looked at renewable and non-renewable energy sources, holding debates and discussions.
We have moved on to look at work and travel and how the two depend on each other. Where we work often does affect how we travel and vice versa. We are looking at the differences between the city and countryside in India and how this compares to developed countries.