Lower key stage 2

  • Why do people live near volcanoes?
  • Why are rainforests important to us?
  • Who lives in Antarctica?
  • Are all settlements the same?
  • Where does our food come from?
  • What are rivers and how are they formed?

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You can teach these units in any order to suit your school

Geography Year 3/4

Why do people live near volcanoes?

Children learn that the Earth is constructed in layers, and the crust is divided into tectonic plates. They study the formation and distribution of mountains, volcanoes and Earthquakes and use Mount Etna to identify how human interaction shapes a volcanic landscape.

Why are rainforests important to us?

Developing an understanding of biomes, ecosystems and tropics; mapping features of the Amazon rainforest and learning about its layers; investigating how communities in Manaus use the Amazon’s resources; discussing the global human impact on the Amazon; and carrying out fieldwork to compare and contrast two types of forest.

Where does our food come from?

Looking at the distribution of the world’s biomes and mapping food imports from around the world; learning about trading fairly, focusing on Côte d’Ivoire and cocoa beans; exploring where the food for the children’s school dinners comes from and the argument of ‘local versus global’.

Who lives in Antarctica?

Learning about how latitude and longitude link to climate and the physical and human features of polar regions with links to the explorer, Shackleton.

Are all settlements the same?

Exploring land use and settlement in rural and urban areas, including their locality and how this has changed over time.

This unit will be available from 17 April 2023!

What are rivers and how are they used?

Learning about the water cycle, mapping major rivers and learning about their features, applying this to local river fieldwork.

This unit will be available on 17 April 2023!