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Key geography enquiry questions explored in Puffins class include:
How does Llandudno and the county of Conwy compare with where we live?
In this topic children compare our school region and local area with the location of another UK region and town. Children will study the features our school village and compare this by visiting the town of Llandudno. Children will compare human and physical features. Fieldwork and geographical skills include: Using 8 points of a compass; OS maps; digital/computer mapping; sketches; observations. Comparisons are made between population, land use and economic activity in the areas.
What is it like in Eastern Europe? What is it like to live in Poland?
In this study the children recap their knowledge of European countries and the key physical and human features of Europe. They then 'zoom in' in on Eastern Europe with a particular focus on Poland. Children will learn about the physical and human features of Poland including key cities and towns, types of settlements, land use, economic activity, trade links and find out more about what they think it would be like to live there.
Why does the river Severn flood?
Children will locate the World and UK's main rivers and develop mapping skills at a range of scales. They will focus on the features of the river Severn and how it changes throughout its course, including floodplains and the geography behind flooding. The children's understanding will be enhanced by an educational visit to Shrewsbury and a guided trip on the river Severn.
Why are mountains important? What damage can an earthquake cause?
In this topic children will use their developing mapping skills to locate and name the world's and UK's key mountains. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of mountain formation. Children will use fieldwork skills on a visit to a local hill to observe, record and present the physical features including developing sketch maps. They will use the eight points of the compass, 4- figure grid references, symbols and keys on an Ordinance survey map to help build their knowledge of the local area. Children will find out how mountains can help us. The study will lead to an study of the causes and consequences of earthquakes.
How is climate change affecting the world?
Why is Canada not a part of the United States?
To begin this study children will develop their recall of the location of world countries. They will identify the position of latitude, longitude, equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern hemisphere, Arctic and Antarctic circle. They will then focus in on North America and Canada where they will concentrate on key physical features including rivers, mountains and environmental regions and human features including states and cities. Children will discuss geographical similarities and differences between Canada and the UK and find out why it is not a part of the USA.