Key geography enquiry questions explored in Hawks class include:
What makes a city a city and how is it different to the countryside?
In this topic pupils compare the physical and human features of our local area, Shropshire with Liverpool, Merseyside. The study looks at land use, types of settlement and economic patterns in the two areas and how this has changed over time. Children develop field work skills by visiting the local area and Liverpool to collect data about the two places, this is then analysed in class.
Why is flooding a problem in the Netherlands? Why is cycling so popular in the Netherlands?
Pupils develop their understanding of geographical similarities and differences of a region of the Netherlands through the study of the human and physical geography. They use atlas and map knowledge to describe the features of the area being studied and develop their understanding of the issues faced by the Netherlands due to the physical features.
Will we ever see the water we drink again? Why is the River Vyrnwy so important to the people of Liverpool?
This topic builds on pupil's knowledge of the water cycle and river processes. By the end of the study children will be able to confidently describe and understand the key aspects of physical geography related to rivers and describe how people in Liverpool rely on the water from the River Vyrnwy in our local area.
Hills and mountains- Who are Britain’s National Parks for? Why should we protect them? How do Volcanoes affect the people that live near them?
This is a two part study in which pupils use and develop knowledge of maps including ordinance survey maps to locate and develop understanding of the geography of the UK National Parks. The topic looks at who uses our National Parks and why and the effects that human activity can have on them. By the end of the topic pupils will be able to describe the importance of these areas and ways in which the impact of humans can be minimised. Pupils develop their fieldwork knowledge through a guided walk of a low land mountain area. In a second study pupils build on their knowledge of volcanoes and the physical geography related to them. They locate some of the world's key volcanoes and study the impact of living close to a volcano.
What are Global Goals? What are our World Leaders doing to stop climate change?
Why should rainforests be so important to us all?
This topic builds on pupil's prior knowledge of rainforests of the world and develops their understanding of the importance of their existence. Pupils investigate the human and physical features (such as vegetation belts and climatic zones) of South America and focus on a region of South America- Chile. By the end of the topic they can confidently describe the key features, the economic and land use features of the area studied.