Category Archives: Geography

Discovering Nature at the Lickey Hills

Relaxing and learning in peaceful harmony

Today we enjoyed our class trip to the Lickey Hills.  We were all explorers in discovering the range of flora and fauna.

Firstly, we immediately spotted conifer trees , pine cones and a range of ferns.  Alexie quickly spotted some living ants too!

Cofton Hill

At Cofton Hill and Billberry Hill we noticed some Heathlands covered with ferns, Heather and Billbery. We read about how they were important for living habitats.  Alexie was very observant and wrote down many notes.

We were also lucky enough to talk to a park ranger who told us lots of interesting facts. Did you know heathlands comes from the word heather?

We learnt that Billberry Hill has it’s name from the Billberry plants found on the heathlands.  They are a British version of blueberries.


Max showed off his excellent map skills and told us all exactly where we were!

We then observed how most of the trees were not in line. This suggested it was a natural ancient woodland. We then looked towards the south and noticed the trees looked the same and were in order. These trees were planted as part of a restoration project.



Throughout the walk we paid attention to the different trees and how to identify them.

Viewpoint at Bilberry Hill

We were also lucky enough to find out lots of key facts about the Heathlands.

Enjoying the view at Bilberry Hill

We learnt about a special endangered plant that has been discovered here at the Lickey Hills called “Cow Wheat” . This plant is crucial for the survival of certain butterfly species.

We also learnt diverse ways plants can spread their seeds. Can you remember?


Walking through the ferns, getting close to nature!

Searching for deciduous trees

Of course after our discoveries we were invited to share our findings. Great work Robins


We also learnt and enjoyed a lot more, let’s share our thoughts in the comments!


Have a look at all the extra pics we took below!


and… we did get to play on the play area for a short while too!

Mountain Formations

In Geography, Robins carried out activities to help them understand the various kinds of mountain formations.

This included:

Pushing materials together to make a fold mountain.  (Fold mountains are created where two or more of Earth’s tectonic plates are pushed together)


Pushing Chocolate Krispies together to observe what happens; just like a fault block mountain. Fault-block mountains are formed by the movement of large crustal blocks when forces in the Earth’s crust pull it apart. Some parts of the Earth are pushed upward and others collapse down.

Finally, Robins researched more information about them and created their own booklet guide to mountain formations.






A blog about Greece

A blog about Greece

by Sammy, Debra, Firas, Daisy C, Elleigh, Andrew

You should come to Greece for a holiday because Greece has over 250 days of sunshine per year. You could go to the beach, swim in the sea, make sun castles or have an ice-cream.

Greece welcomes tourists from all countries.

Greece has some wonderfully delicious food, including feta cheese, olives, pitta bread and yoghurt with honey – it is the best!

Greece has hearty meals, like moussaka, with mince lamb.

Do you like cats? Greece has a lot of cats.

Greece has a lot of tourist attractions, where you can take photographs.

Did you know The Olympic Games started in Ancient Greece?


Getting to know Greece!


As part of their primary research on why Greece is a popular tourist destination, Robins taste tested a range of Greek food.

We tried hummus and taramasalata with pitta bread or bread sticks. We also tried some plain Greek yoghurt. We tested some olives and Greek feta cheese. Then we rated each food out of five starts and wrote why we did or didn’t like it.

Next week, Robins will make a poster / blog about Greece.

Don’t forget to do extra research at home. The following links below may help you.

  1. Safe   Search – Use this to search for information 
  2. Tripadvisor – Things to do in Greece 
  3. 9 Fantastic things to do in Greece 
  4. Visit Greece – Activities to do 
  5. Video :  Greece Ultimate Travel Guide
  6.  Ten dishes to try in Greece 

and finally, GreeceFactCards – Click here to read some fact cards. 

You may also wish to visit Kings Norton Library (or Birmingham Library)  to read books about Greece.  Remember to write notes in your homework book ready for next Tuesday’s lesson! (Or write them in the comments below)

Geography – Northern Ireland

In this week’s Geography lesson,  Robins were greeted by a very special guest! Can you spot who it was?
Yes, it’s Mrs Butterworth! She especially came to give a comprehensive talk about Northern Ireland.
First, Robins did some reading about facts in Northern Ireland. Pupils then shared what they knew. This included
  • The Titanic was built in Belfast.
  • Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. 
  • There are two famous cranes in Belfast.
Next, we were introduced to several man-made and natural landmarks in Northern Ireland.
Here is a short clip of our special guest speaking with her local accent!
Finally, to consolidate our learning, we had to match up the names of the landmark with the description. Mr Lo reminded us that landmark names are proper nouns and must begin with a capital letter.
Challenge: How many of the landmarks can you remember? Leave us a comment and let us know which landmark you would be interested in visiting!

Using Atlases

During geography this afternoon, the Robins in year 4 were looking at maps.
We looked at maps of Northern Ireland and Greece and talking about their differences. We also discussed if we’d been there on holiday and what it was like. We looked at capital cities and cities and how they were shown on the map.
We used an atlas to mark cities, mountains and islands on our maps of Northern Ireland and Greece in our books.

Map Skills: Road Maps / Ordnance Survey

Today, Robins have been improving their map skills.

Discussions included understanding that maps have a scale. For example, on some smaller maps, 1cm on the map  could equal 250m in real life. On some larger maps, 1 cm on the map could equal a few kilometres. Different maps might have different scales, so we must check on the map we are using to find its scale.

We also discussed that OS maps have faint blue lines which divide the map into square. Along the edges of each map there are numbers. These numbers help you work out where a location is on a map. This would be helpful if you were lost and needed to call for help.

Part of today’s task was looking at a map of Birmingham.

Pupils were asked to identify what kind of map was it and also where they thought Druids Heath is located. There were some interesting answers (Look for the smileys!)

We finally agreed it was to the east of Solihull and is located in South West Birmingham.

Pupils then had to create their own Key.

Most pupils were able to identify , Motorways, Main Roads and Rivers.

Mr Lo told them where he was currently living and pupils had fun working out approximately how far it was from Druids Heath.

They did they by looking at the scale. They worked out 1cm = 5km.

This fun lesson also utilised our new school resource: Digimap!

Extension: Look at the map below. How well do you know the area? Can you find where you live?