Geography: Blog items

Volcanic Eruptions!

Date: 8th Jun 2021 @ 4:31pm

For Geography this half term we are learning about Mountains and Volcanoes around the world! To start off our topic we had a minature volcanic eruption on the playground and thought about how difficult it might be to live near an active volcano! We then started learning about mountain ranges around the world including the Alps, Rockies, Andes and Himalayas and located them on Google Earth. 

The Land Down Under!

Date: 10th May 2021 @ 4:28pm

In Geography, we continued our learning on Australia. We learnt about natural and manmade landmarks. We started by finding some famous landmarks on a map of the UK and then went on  to compare these to Australian landmarks. 

In groups, we were given a wallet of jigsaw pieces. We had to piece these together to make 5 famous Australia landmarks. We then had names and facts to try to match up to our landmarks. Finally we located these famous attractions on a map of Australia! We just wish we could have visited these amazing places in real life!

Aboriginal Music!

Date: 26th Apr 2021 @ 10:09am

In music we started to look at aboriginal music. We linked this to our geography topic and decided to focus on Australian music. We listened to and appraised a variety of Australian Aboriginal music and we found it extremely interesting. We realised that to make music they used natural resources and their voices. We went outside and used resources that we could find in our playground, wooden instruments and also our bodies to compose our own piece of music. 

Australia Here We Come!

Date: 20th Apr 2021 @ 4:29pm

Today we started our Geography topic ‘Australia’. We firstly located Australia on a map and also United Kingdom. We found out that we were going to have a very long 23 hour flight! We had a look at difference classes on a plane and of course decided that we would travel first class! Before we could start our journey, we had to create our passports, tickets and pack our suitcases. We were all very excited to board the ‘Boundary Airlines’ plane and take off! We can't wait to explore all of the exciting landmarks in Australia and learn more about the amazing country. 

A journey through the Americas

Date: 14th Apr 2021 @ 8:02pm

We began our new Geography topic - A journey through the Americas - with a quiz. We tested our general knowledge, working in teams. We then went on to use atlases and online maps to locate cities and physical geography features in North and South America. 

Oceans of the World

Date: 1st Apr 2021 @ 7:07pm

Today in Geography we used atlases to firstly locate the 7 continents of the world, and then the 5 oceans. We enjoyed using the atlases and we are becoming very good at locating the continents on the world map! We also enjoyed listening to our continents song before labelling the oceans on our individual maps, and taking part in a short oceans quiz! 

“Oceans are salt water.”

“The Pacific Ocean is the biggest ocean in the world!”

“Lots of animals live in the ocean.”

“Pacific means peaceful.”

A Trip to Spain!

Date: 20th Mar 2021 @ 12:33pm

Today we entered our classroom after lunch with a passport and an aeroplane ticket. Our classroom had been transformed to look like an aeroplane! We took our seats, put our hand luggage under our seats, fastened our seatbelts and watched a safety video. The plane took off and we were in the air! How would this feel is it was real? We watched a video that someone had recorded whilst on an aeroplane above the clouds to help us deepen our thinking and understanding. We enjoyed our in flight snack and relaxed on our flight!

Once we landed we walked off the plane and around the airport to collect our luggage. We then headed to our hotel in Madrid. It was much warmer in Madrid that the UK! We then thought about what we would do once we were in our hotel. We thought we might unpack, go swimming, have a nap or get something to eat! We discussed some of the activities you might do on holiday, before heading back to our hotel and finishing our role

Food from around the world!

Date: 9th Mar 2021 @ 5:26pm

Year 4 have had a wonderful WOW afternoon in Geography. The children tasted lots of wonderful food from around the world such as: Mango, brioche, pizza, prawn crackers, dark chocolate and other exciting foods. We discussed where the food was from and spoke about trade and the differing weather conditions which enables certain food to be grown in a specific country.

Map Reading

Date: 12th Jan 2021 @ 3:04pm

 Today in Cedar, we have continued our learning around maps and aerial photographs.

We used an aerial photograph of our school to find features around our school. We found some of the marking on the KS2 playground, the carpark, roundabout, forest school and the MUGA.

Rocking Rivers

Date: 28th Sep 2020 @ 7:48am

This half term, our Geography is based on rivers.We have been looking at river features and how rivers change as they flow towards the ocean. This week we used atlases and online maps to locate famous British rivers. We then looked for the features we have learned about on OS maps. We discussed how effective the OS map is at representing the features compared with an aerial photograph. 

Natural or Man-made?

Date: 19th Sep 2020 @ 12:07pm

We have had another busy week in Year One! This week we have made the most of the lovely weather and taken lots of our learning in to our outdoors area!

We began the week by looking at using the words greater than, less than and equal to explore and explain the amounts of different groups of objects. We took part in lots of practical activities to explore what these words meant and how we could represent these words. We then moved on to learning the symbols < > and =. We worked on accurately counting groups of objects and inserting the correct symbol between each group.

We have continued to look at the local area we live in and began to look at human (man made) and physical features (natural). The children took part in a sorting activity to group features into either human or physical, and then record their learning independently on Seesaw. We are continuing to learn how to use Seesaw independently, children take photos of their practical learning, and record their thoughts and explanations. Don't forget to complete this weeks BLT on Seesaw!

Grouping and Sorting!

Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 7:09pm

This week in Year One we have been focussing on grouping and sorting a number of objects in different ways. We have explored sorting by different properties, such as colour, size, and shape. We have explored lots of practical sorting activities, and have enjoyed some time in our outdoor areas, making the most of the dry weather! We have also worked on accurately counting the objects we have sorted, and exploring which group has the most, which has the least, and if any are equal.

This week we have also started looking at and learning about the area we live in, identifying key sights and features of local and national locations. We talked about where we live, and looked on maps to identify the location of both Blackpool and the UK! In groups we then looked at a variety of different pictures and decided wether the pictures were photographs of features of Grange Park, Blackpool or London.

We have had another very busy and productive week! We are very proud of how all the Year One children have settled back into school life.

 

All about coasts.

Date: 12th Mar 2020 @ 8:34am

Year 4 children have been learning about physical and human features of the coast. They have compared different coastal areas around our country. The children have also been learning about coastal erosion and how it creates stacks, caves and arches.

Ocean Wow

Date: 5th Mar 2020 @ 7:49pm

When Year 4 returned to school they found out that their new subject was going to be called ' Oh I do like to be by the seaside'. This topic has a focus on Geography, Science and D&T. The children created ocean themed water colour washes onto their paper. They created different tones and shade to show light passing through the water. Once they were dry the children researched different ocean creatures and created silhouettes to add to their ocean landscapes. Children also started to investigate habitats and elements of living things.

Geography Jigsaws

Date: 23rd Jan 2020 @ 8:14am

Year 2 were given a variety of images of landmarks around Australia. The children had to piece the jigsaws together to identify the locations and find out new facts! These included The Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia Zoo and Sydney Opera House. Year 2 then did a great job advertising the landmarks in their leaflets!

To the land down under! Australia here we come!

Date: 21st Jan 2020 @ 9:38pm

Year 2 were excited to fasten their seat belts ready for their jet setting adventure to Australia. Before we could go, we discussed all the important things we need when travelling aboard and what flying commercially is really like. Year 2 were lucky enough to have first class round the trip tickets to Sydney. Before our departure we ensured that we had the correct personal information on our passports and not to mention having our boarding passes ready for boarding. Next we boarded, with the help of our fabulous cabin crew (Miss Hartley and Mrs Crookall) who showed us to our seats. Then prepared for take off and took to the skies observing all the land, sea and clouds from 42,000 ft. We were kept entertained throughout our 22 hour flight with plenty of snacks and refreshments. Next stop SYDNEY!

The One With The Finches!

Date: 10th Jan 2020 @ 1:49pm

This morning, we began our topic on Evolution with a lesson on understanding evolution in finches. We learned about Darwin and his travels on the HMS Beagle, which took him to the Galapagos Islands.Here, he studied the differences between finches on a range of different islands and came to the conclusion that different finches needed a different beak to eat the range of seeds/insects available on each island. To understand this, we took part in a task that required us to ‘be a bird’ and ‘eat’ seeds. We either had a fork, spoon, pair of tweezers or a peg and had to gather as many items off the desks as possible. There were 7 islands with 7 different ‘seeds’. These were: skittles, rice, pasta, marbles, counters, cubes and peas. We found that some items were easy to pick up with our ‘beaks’ and others were very tricky. This helped us to understand how different finches had evolved to survive on each island.

We also took part in an activity called 'Talking Telephones'. This involved sending a message around the circle by whispering it to the person next to us and seeing where changes in the message occurred. We then linked this to mutations with DNA through time, which helped us to understand how mutations lead to evolution.

The One With The Volcano Art

Date: 17th Dec 2019 @ 2:21pm

This half term we have been looking at mountains and volcanoes in Geography. To link this to art, we decided to draw a volcano and paint/colour it in the style of Andy Warhol. We looked at a range of his pieces of art and discussed what was similar about them all. This included his strong lines and use of vibrant block colour. We were given the freedom to draw our volcano in any style we wanted, just so long as we used his strong lines and bold colours. We think our end products were great!

Rain and Rivers!

Date: 10th Dec 2019 @ 6:02pm

It was a wet and windy day, but that didn't stop us from enjoying our trip. We followed the course of the River Wyre stopping at various points along the way. The children were able to identify features they had learned about during our geography lessons in school including meanders, erosion, deposition and flood plains. Our last stop was Fleetwood where we observed the mouth of the River Wyre, flowing into the Irish Sea.

Rocking Rivers!

Date: 21st Nov 2019 @ 7:47pm

As part of our topic 'Rocking Rivers' we looked at the course of the River Wyre using Digimaps, an online mapping tool. The children identified the features of rivers we have already learned about, including meanders, tributaries and the river mouth. We then used the online maps to look at other rivers around the country and find out which towns and cities they flow through. 

Which type of rock is it?

Date: 11th Nov 2019 @ 5:29pm

Does anyone know what we call people who study rocks? Petrologists! So today, children in year three became a petrologist! (Petrologists study rocks while Geologists study the science of the Earth and its rocks). Children were put into groups to experiment. They had an acid test, (with vinegar) to see whether or not the rock ‘fizzed’.  A water test to decide if the rocks were permeable (allowed water in) and a hardness test to see if they let off sediments (small particles). The results helped us decide as to whether the rocks were igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic. Ask your children how rocks are made!   

The One With the Volcanoes!

Date: 28th Oct 2019 @ 3:36pm

To link in with our unit on 'Volcanoes and Mountains', today we had to build and 'erupt' our own volcanoes. We were split up into groups where we had to use the resources (cardboard, plastic bottles, PVA glue, paint and strips of newspaper) to shape a volcano made from paper mache. Once we had built our volcanoes, we then headed outside where we used white vinegar, bicarbonate soda and red food colouring to 'erupt' them. We had a great morning during our WOW session and we can't wait to learn more about volcanoes and mountains.  

Earth to Year Three

Date: 22nd Sep 2019 @ 7:50pm

Children have been leaning about our world, the continents and the North and the South poles. What better way to engage the children than to make a globe of our own out of plasticine. Children had to create the sphere in blue for the water. They then had to use a flattened map of the continents and mould the green plasticine into the correct shapes and add to the correct place on their sphere. Finally, we added a thinner white sheet on the top for the Artic and a thicker section at the bottom, for the Antarctic.

Polar Animals!

Date: 9th Feb 2021 @ 2:09pm

We have been looking at animals that live in the polar regions- the Arctic and the Antarctic. 

These are very cold places and only certain animals live there so we decided to learn about penguins and polar bears. We listened to information about where they lived, what they looked like and why they looked like they did. We then drew a picture, labelled it and for a challenge some of us wrote a caption. 

Then we listened to the story 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers and drew a picture and wrote a description of a missing penguin. 

Take a look at our work!

Music and Geography home Learning

Date: 1st Feb 2021 @ 8:11am

We have been doing lots of home learning this last few weeks so this week we shine the light on some great Musical composing using crotchets and minims; we have been using digital technology to create drones too. In Geography we have been learning about Europe and the UK too. Well done to all the children at home and in school who are trying their best. 

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