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Geography

The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It is about understanding the complexity of our world and appreciating the diversity of cultures that exist across continents.

Barack Obama

Geography is the study of the physical and human features of the Earth. It teaches us about the unique world that we live in and how we as humans affect the features of our planet. Without us even realising, geography is all around us and impacts us everyday!

We aim to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world when teaching geography at The Rydal Academy. During their geography lessons, children will develop their understanding of the world and the diverse places, people, resources and features within it.

They will explore and discover natural and human environments and how these are formed and used by people.

Additionally, children will become increasingly confident with using maps, atlases and globes to identify places around the world and in the UK and will leave our school with a breadth of knowledge about the world and its physical and human processes.

Year 1 and Year 2

Please use the ineractive Learning Journey to find out about Geography. A downloadable version is located in the documents section.

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Me and My School

Children will learn about the significant features of our school grounds. They will create simple maps of their classroom and our school, before designing and creating a map of their own school.

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Me and my part of Darlington

Children will begin to explore the part of Darlington that they live in. They will look at local streets surrounding our school and identify physical (natural) and human (man-made) features in the area.

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Homework

Can you create a map of the route that you take to get to school? List some of the key features that you pass along the way.

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What is the UK?

In this unit children will learn about the four countries of the UK: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Homework

Watch videos about the UK and complete the labelling activities about the countries and capital cities of the UK. Can you name them all?

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What is the weather like in the UK?

Children will learn about seasonal (spring, summer, autumn and winter) weather patterns and the types of weather commonly found in the UK. They will monitor the weather of Darlington and recognise how it changes daily.

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Homework

Observe the weather outside and conduct a weather report for your grownups OR create a collage to show the different weather found in the four seasons of the UK.

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What is it like in a coastal town? (Saltburn)

Children will learn about life in a coastal town (Saltburn). They will explore the physical (natural) and human (man-made) features of Saltburn and will make simple comparisons to the features of Darlington.

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Homework

Can you create a poster encouraging people to visit Saltburn? Talk about the things you can do there and the key features you might spot.

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Are all coastal places the same?

Children will study a coastal town in North America (Anchorage) and compare it to a coastal town they have visited in Year 1 (Saltburn).

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Homework

Discuss why Anchorage is a good place to live – what can you do there? Think of some similarities and differences compared to coastal towns in the UK (Saltburn if you can).

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What is it like in a capital city?

Children will learn about what a capital city is and their significance. They will study the key features of the UK’s capital city (London) and will explore aerial photographs and simple maps that show these features.

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Homework

Can you create a fact file about a famous landmark in London, such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben or the Houses of Parliament?

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Why is my world wonderful?

Children will learn about what makes our world wonderful! They will explore the characteristics of the seven continents of the world and their oceans.

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Homework

Use virtual reality to explore the geography of the seven continents (search Geography of Europe (or another continent) on the app to view images). Create a list of physical and human features that you spot.

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How can we explore our local park?

Children will learn about the significant features (human and physical) of South Park in Darlington. They will explore aerial photographs and maps to identify different features within the park.

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Homework

If you can, visit a different local park, such as Eastbourne Park next to our school, and discuss how it is different to South Park. Can children create a simple map of Eastbourne Park?

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Homework

Mr Armitage wants to add a new classroom to our school! Can you create a simple map of a brand-new classroom to help him design it?

Year 3 and Year 4

Please use the ineractive Learning Journey to find out about Geography. A downloadable version is located in the documents section.

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What more can we discover about the UK?

Children will learn more about the UK and will explore different types of settlements found in our country.

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Homework

Read the BBC article about different settlements found in the UK. Complete the matching activity at the bottom of the page.

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How does life in an Italian region compare to life in County Durham?

Children will learn about the geography of County Durham and the cities and towns within it.

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Homework

Watch the video showing the different regions of Italy. Make a list of the physical and human features that you can see.

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Why does Italy shake and roar?

Children will continue to learn about Italy and will learn all about earthquakes and volcanoes.

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Homework

Read the two websites containing information about earthquakes and volcanoes and have a go at answering the quizzes!

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What more can we discover about Europe?

Children will explore Europe in more depth. They will use maps, atlases and globes to identify European countries and will make comparisons between European cities such as Nice (France) and Stockholm (Sweden) and UK towns/cities studied so far.

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Homework

What will you score on the fun Europe quiz? Let your teacher know your score!

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What is the difference between a biome and a climate zone?

Children will learn about what a biome is and a climate zone. They will learn about different biomes and climate zones in the world and will use maps and their knowledge of the world to explain and identify them.

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Homework

Make a colourful poster showing the difference between biomes and climate zones.

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What can we discover about North America?

Children will learn about the continent North America and the countries within it.

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Homework

Watch the video and research the Statue of Liberty (a famous landmark in New York City) and create a small fact sheet about it and how it ended up in the United States of America

Year 5 and Year 6

Please use the ineractive Learning Journey to find out about Geography. A downloadable version is located in the documents section.

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What can we discover about South America?

Children will learn about the continent South America and the countries within it.

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Homework

Imagine that you are living in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. What is life like? What can you do there? What do you see around you? Where in the world are you?

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Why are rivers both important and hazardous?

Children will learn about rivers and their importance. They will learn about the water cycle, use maps and atlases to identify famous rivers in the world and will also study a local river

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Homework

Have a go at answering the quiz all about rivers.

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Why are rainforests so important?

Children will learn about what a rainforest is and why they are so important. They will use maps to identify them and will study the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.

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Homework

Watch the video about deforestation and create a poster raising awareness about deforestation to be displayed in school.

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How can you find your way around the UK?

Children will become more confident with using OS maps to identify different towns and cities in the UK. They will look at how OS maps can help us to direct ourselves around the UK and will study a local village and its physical and human geography

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Homework

Look at the table showing OS Map symbols.
Can you label each symbol correctly?

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How do the frontiers of Europe vary?

Children will learn about the frontiers of Europe and how they vary throughout the continent. They will look at relationships between these countries and the physical and human geography along the frontiers.

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Homework

Did you know Russia is the largest country in Europe? Research how many European countries border it and compare how life is different along these different borders.

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Where does my food come from?

Children will look at how different countries have formed relationships and trade links. They will look at products that the UK imports and which country they come from, as well as what it exports to the other countries.

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Homework

Investigate where the food that you are eating comes from! Look on packaging to find out where it has come from and make a table of the different countries. Think about and discuss with a grownup why they are grown in that particular country.