Category Archives: Geography

Mountain Ranges of the World

In Geography we went into the hall for an interactive lesson using our special map. We talked about contour lines – these are lines that show high and low areas of land measured in metres above sea level and also the use of colour on a map to show terrain.

We recapped our knowledge of continents around the world and explored where famous mountain ranges were located.

Some well-known mountain ranges in the world include:

  • the Himalayas हिमालय  (Snow Mountains) in Asia, the tallest mountain range in the world
  • the Andes in South America, the longest range on land in the world
  • the Alps in Europe
  • the Urals, a natural border between Europe and Asia
  • the Rocky Mountains, the longest range in North America
  • the Atlas mountains in North Africa
  • the Mountains of heaven (TianShan)天山 in China.

Did you know Mount Everest is also known as the Holy Mother? The Tibetan name for Everest is Qomolangma (ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ, lit. “Holy Mother”), In Chinese it is written as 珠穆朗玛峰. In the early 1960s, the Nepali government coined the Nepali name Sagarmāthā (सगर-माथा), meaning. “goddess of the sky”

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.

Extension: Video about mountains,volcanoes and earthquakes

Layers of 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.

We were quite creative with our choice of colour, but that also gave us a challenge as we had to explain which colour represented which layer and each group’s was different!

BellsFarmpopilous

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 , Tzaziki, Taramasalata with pitta bread. We also tried some Greek yoghurt with honey.

We tested some Greek olives , Greek feta cheese and Roasted tomatoes.. Then we rated each food out of five starts and wrote why we did or didn’t like it.

Challenge: Research some more about Greece.

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. 

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.