Category Archives: Geography

Video: Rocking Robins TV: Greece!

This week Robins have been conducting data analysis to identify features of the climate and geography of Greece and contrasting it with the UK. In addition, they have carried out research about Greece using secondary sources of written information.

Our class behaviours for learning include, creativity, working with others and taking pride in our work. Robins showed that today by producing a whole class project video on Greece. With only 45 minutes preparation time, Robins got themselves into teams, organised who would present, who would design the posters and who would film.

Without any rehearsals here is the result of our hard work. Well done Robins!

Furthermore, in our discussions we have discussed the position of Greece and considered why its position was significant. Its proximity to Europe, Middle East and North Africa made trade easier.

Extensions: Read aloud the following information about Greece at home! (It counts as one of your reading at home!)

Greece contains numerous physical features, including mountains, lowlands, plains and coastal areas. Beaches, rivers and large tracts of open land cover the surface of Greece as do forests and lakes. Greece divides into three distinct geographical areas, and its islands contain differing topography and even climates, hosting various species of trees, plants and animals.

Greece takes the title of the southernmost European country and the European nation with the longest coastline. It shares borders with the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea and Mediterranean Sea. Greece contains a mainland, several outlying islands and a peninsula. The mainland contains tall, rugged mountains including the world-famous Mount Olympus.

Mount Olympus distinguishes itself as the highest mountain in Greece, reaching a height slightly less than 10,000 feet. This mountain appears in Greek mythology, reportedly once serving as home to Greek gods. Mount Olympus also contains Greece’s first national park, providing home to some endangered species of plants and wildlife.

Marine parks lie along Greece’s coastlines, protecting endangered species of fish, marine mammals and even migratory birds. Hardy shrubs grow throughout Greece, existing as small, thorny bushes resilient to dry, arid climates. Some herbs and plants grow in Greece as well, including oregano, thyme and rosemary. Rounding out Greece’s diverse topography are canyons, gorges, lakes, plains and wetlands.

If you find anything else about Greece, leave us a comment!

Learning about Greece

Robins have an exciting half term learning all about the Ancient Greeks.

Today we started the topic by first discussing where Greece is today.

Robins had great fun directing Mr Lo (the alien that had just arrived in the UK) on how to fly to Greece using 8-point compass directions! (Paige also shared a quick way to remember the compass points with the class. “Never Eat Shredded Wheat!”

Mr Lo also set another challenge for pupils to locate several countries on a map. Robins actively engaged in locating these countries using atlasses. Well done to Dehwa who suggested the use a globe!
For those of you who didn’t make it into school today… here is a completed one for you!

After that, we looked at the maps in detailed and noticed there were dotted lines. We discussed how they can be used to pinpoint locations on a map.

Finally, we discussed the purpose of a Topographical map and how it can be used to analyze the physical features of a country. Well done to the Robins that noticed Greece is mostly covered in mountainous areas and contains many islands.

Presentations on the Earth’s layers

After learning about the Earth’s layers, year 4 were given the task to become an expert on just one of the layers. They spent time with a partner researching on the internet and created a presentation to share with the rest of the class.

The following day the children then presented to their peers. During this time the children were learning about all of the different layers from each other.

Making the Earth

This afternoon Year 4 have been introduced to their new geography topic – Earth in Action. Today we spent some time learning the layers of the Earth and creating a model to show this using play-doh. The children then labelled their model correctly to show the different layers.

Here is what some of the children thought of the lesson:

Melissa – it was fun making the model and we learnt at the same time.
Kezi – it was exciting to see how the Earth was made using the play-doh ourselves to make it.
Chandler – it was fun and interesting
Brooke – the lesson was very artistic

Physical / human geography

In Geography, Year 4 have started to look at the two terms physical geography and human geography. We have started off by looking at what these two terms are and the difference between the two. The children now know that human features are man-made and physical features are naturally there.

The children had lots of different pictures of places in the UK and had to decide whether they were physical features or human features.

Virtual expedition

Besides enjoying an interesting trip to the Sikh temple this morning, Robins have “virtually” travelled around the world this afternoon. The children were truly amazed to visit the Seven Wonders of the World, the Egyptian pyramids and Sphinx, the ocean and outer space. Using special visual equipment provided by Google, children were able to look around all these places in 360 degree format. This was such a fantastic experience!

Compasses and directions

Robins enjoyed learning more about compasses and directions in their Topic lesson.

Children took part in practical tasks to become compasses making turns and directions to face the correct way. Some critical thinkers soon realised they needed to apply their mathematical skills as they discovered questions including “anti-clockwise, clockwise, quarter, half and three quarter turns.”

Children then completed compass directions to find their way around town landmarks on a map.

The United Kingdom

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During our Geography lesson we looked at a map of the British Isles. Each of us were given a label with the name of a different country, city or place.

We used the atlases to locate these places so that we could add the labels to a map that will now go on display in our classroom. The hot topic of the Scottish vote to become an Independent country and we wondered whether if the vote is a ‘yes’, will Hardiens Wall be rebuilt?

The Robins are looking forward to finding out the result of the vote on Friday and continuing on their learning journey about the United Kingdom.