Category Archives: Geography

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?

Earth In Action

Recently Robins have been working together to  research a range of information about the Earth.

 

 

This has included

  • Location of main mountain ranges in the world.
  • The layers of the Earth
  • Types of mountains and their formations.
  • Volcanoes
  • Impacts of disasters on man.

Below are a few examples of our fact finding posters.

 

We also debated the benefits and dangers of living close to a volcano.

 

Would you like to live near a volcano?

 

Extension: Watch the video about the layers of the Earth.

 

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.