L.O - Can I research about England?
L.O - Can I write a fact file about England?
Year 2 had great fun researching facts about England. They decided on some of the most important things they needed to find out such as population, language, currency, major rivers and largest mountains. While some children used our online resource 'oddizzi' as a teaching tool, some of our children carried out independent research using the Ipads.
'I love finding things out for myself' - Craig
'Did you know that French was the official language of England for about 300 years' - Ruby
'I know that the Queen lives at Buckingham Palace because I have been to London and she has guards' - Sonnie
Following on from their fact finding the children then created their own England fact files. They shared new knowledge and skills.
Check out the pictures of them working hard and producing some great work!
As part of a recent topic 'Forest Hunters' year 2 have been very busy finding out about the world around them. Their Geography lessons kicked off with a lesson in which they had to identify the countries in the United Kingdom. While using our online resource 'Oddizzi' the children were able to do some fact finding about these countries. Children were able to speak to school staff to find out more about these countries - Mr Hollingsworth from Scotland, Mrs Lewis from Wales and Mr Hall from Northern Ireland. With all this knowledge children were able to locate these countries on a map.
Water Water Everywhere - Immersion Day
Our world water day kicked off with a whole school assembly on Tuesday morning. We shared our initial thoughts and feelings about the access we have to water on a daily basis and compared this to those less fortunate. We watched a short video clip provided by CAFOD who work throughout the year funding for people all over the world to have access to better water facilities.
Finding out the facts -
884 million people in the world do not have access to regular clean water.
Two and a half billion people do not have a safe clean water.
Not having clean water leads to all sorts of problems. Not only for Countries where it is hot and dry but for Countries that experience too much water.
Each year group were given their own water focus acivitities and a Country that links to that water issue. Two children from each year group enjoyed visiting the Water Wise News Room at the end of the day to report on their findings.
**Check out some of the tasks and fantastic work produced by each year group**
RECEPTION - How does water keep us healthy and safe?
Children in Reception enjoyed finding out what we do with our hands. They discussed what they might use their hands for and how they might get dirty. Children addressed the issues of germs and how they can be spread to others. They played an outdoor game of'tag' using flour to show how easily germs can be spread and the importance of clean hands. Reception enjoyed finding out about the life of Yacoubas who lives in Madagascar and suffers greatly with a lack of clean water.Finally, Reception enjoyed performing a short song based on washing our hands and keeping safe.
YEAR 1 - What does our River Mersey do for us?
Year 1 were lucky enough to spend their Geography day out of school. Adults and children set off in the morning on the coach to view the river Mersey and find out about its uses today. With the terrible winds down by the river sadly the children were unable to get across on the ferry. However they did not let this dampen their spirits and instead enjoyed taking in the views of the river and made the time to visit The Museum of Liverpool.
The children discovered that the river is used for tourists to enjoy, as a means of transport whether it be for social activities or for work, and finally for carrying cargo. At the Museum the children enjoyed their time in the Little Liverpool workshop where they had the opportunity to become captains of their very own ferry and sorted wildlife and types of pollution that is entering our river today.
Everybody had a great day and year 1 shared their photographs during the follow up assesmbly.
YEAR 2 - Can everyone access water easily?
Year 2 children enjoyed comparing a day in the life of a child in the U.K and a day in the life of a child from Zimbabwe. The children completed their very own water usage sheet and made some notes about the water that would be needed for Anna and her family in Zimbabwe. They completed their very own water bucket challenge outside on the playground. Children worked as part of a team to carry water from one side of the playground to the other, discovering just how hard a task this was. Year 2 measured the very little water that was gained and put into persepctive the fortunate clean water supplies we have.
YEAR 3 - Do we waste our water?
Year 3 started their morning by locating Ethiopia using the Collins Primary world atlas. They then completed a chart discussing the water usage in their own homes. The children considered the water they use for showers/baths, washing clothes, washing dishes and flushing the toilet. Year 3 then considered the water used within school and with the support from teachers discussed the costings and how to read a water meter. Some children visited the school water meter and others created their own model showing how a water meter works using a magnet, card and paper clips. All of the children agreed that in both the home and school we can save water - they designed some fabulous top tips posters.
YEAR 4 - Where does our water come from?
The children in year 4 began their morning by doing some independent reasearch on their given country, Uganda. They found out facts such as population, religion, climate, capital city and location. Using various education clips online the children enjoyed watching where our water comes from, sharing the water cycle power point discussing each stage and the change in water. In small groups children had the opportunity to create their own water cycle in a container. Like the cycle at work on a global scale the models included the change of phase from liquid to gas and then back to a liquid.
Year 4 enjoyed watching video clips about how the children in Uganda collect their water with such a lack of rainfall and reservoirs. They listened to 'Solomon's story' and how his life has been affected by the lack of clean water. The children finished with a writing task to compose a letter to Water Aid requesting a well to be built, highlighting its need and the impact it will have on the people who live there.
YEAR 5 - What can be deadly about water?
Children started their set of activities by completing a quick quiz - thinking about their own water usage and how a lack of clean water affects people all over the world. Working on developing their map skills the children completed some grid reference questions and located different surrounding areas of Pakistan. The children together read the case study of Angel and Rosena who live in a small village in pakistan. The children do not have access to clean water and face a lot of deadly diseases due to this. Year 5 filled a washing up bottle with water and various other liquids. They dipped a glass into the bowl and looked at the result - considering whether anybody would like to drink it now.
Considering deadly diseases the children found out about an outbreak of cholera and examined its consequences on 56 victims in London in 1854.
Children finally completed their very own news paper report based on an outbreak of cholera in Pakistan. They discussed the causes, effects, and solutions.
YEAR 6 - Too much water - Flooding causes and effects
Children were introduced to their enquiry using a power point based on Bangladesh. The children used IPads, and search engines to complete their very own fact sheet about Bangladesh. As an introduction to 'flooding' children watched various video clips of flooding taking place in both devloped and non developed countries - children made their notes in preparation for their writing task. The children enjoyed discussion work based around both the physical and human causes of flooding and the positive and negative effects of flooding. Comparisons and similarities were made between the flooding that takes place in Countries such as Bangladesh and flooding that can happen closer to home, such as the flooding in the U.K (Somerset) in 2014. The children wrote their own explanation text explaining the causes and effects of flooding in either Bangladesh or the U.K, and how people can cope.
We are currently in the early stages of setting up our new online scheme of work that will allow all children from Reception - Year 6 to access exciting new resources and information that will support the new Geography Curriculum.
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