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Autumn Year5Investigating Rivers including World rivers
This isa 'long' unit. In it, children learn, through fieldwork andresearch, about rivers and the effects they have on the landscape.The unit focuses on:
In thisunit, children are likely to use:
Theymay also use:
Most children will:recognise selected physical processes relatingto rivers and begin to appreciate how these can change thecharacter of places; draw on their own observations and secondarysources and use their awareness of river events to suggestgeographical questions and raise issues that might be studied,eg floods, drought, pollution
Some children will not have made somuch progress and will: offer appropriate observations about river features;identify how people affect the environment and recognise ways inwhich people try to manage it
Some children will have progressedfurther and will also: use confidently a full range of skills anddifferent kinds of maps and resources to undertake independentinvestigations; offer explanations for river features observed;relate local river work to generalisations about riverselsewhere
Week and learningobjective
Plenary and assessment
1st day back atschool
What can you tell me aboutrivers? What are rivers used for?
What is a river, why arerivers important, what do rivers carry, how are riversformed?
Name rivers locally, in theUK, around the world
Locate on map (IWB world map)
Discuss activities for thefuture
Spider map on IWB
Save forend of unit
Where does water comefrom?
Geography: 2a)e), 4a), 6c)
Who lives by the riverExe / Lowman? Where does the water come from? What do you do inthe river?
Discuss the watercycle
Where do rivers start,finish?
How does the water getthere
Show water cycle sheet onIWB
Illustrate with boilingkettle and mirror
Children to complete watercycle wsheet stick in geog bk
Cloze for LA
Definition of key terms inGeog book
PPDictionary for key vocab for class
To identify and understandthe components of the water cycle.
To use the terms watercycle, condensation and evaporation.
Without Geog bks givedefinitions for evaporation, condensation water cycle
PP fromMA children
The WC occurs in yourhouse, where?TPs
Watercycle in G bks
Where does water goto?
Geography 1a 1b 1c 2b2e 6c 7c
Recap the watercycle
Explain that we are goingto investigate what happens to the rainfall when it reaches theground
Where are there areas ofwater after rain?
How does the water reachthe drains?
Why is the goal mouthoften muddier than the outfield?
What happens to thewater after it reaches the ground?
On a map of the playgroundmark likely area of puddles. Why does the water collectthere? Talk about permeable and impermeable surfaces
Mark on base maps whereinvestigation took place
Also observe roofs anddrains esp new build
TAKE PHOTOS (esppuddles)
Brief summary in booksabout where the rain goes when it reaches the playground at StJohns
Know that rainwater travelsin different ways according to the site where it has fallen.
Understand the termsimpermeable, permeable, rainfall, run off, channel, water cycle,condensation and evaporation.
Discuss results andreasons
Relate to vocab
What is the water run offlike in their gardens?
How does water run offcompare between town and country
Where does the water gofrom a drain?
Photocopy each activity sheet for each child to have acopy
Map of the schoolgrounds
Does everyone have as muchwater as we do?
Geog 1c 1d 1e 3a 3c 3e3g 5a 5b 6c 6d 6e
Use atlas to find eachcountry
Ball game with lots of bluechalk
GpSp and L activities
A K & U of global patternsof water availability and use
Web site resources
Visit from water
Geog 1c 1d 1e 3a 3c 3e3g 5a 5b 6c 6d 6e
Steve Dyer 2pm
REMEMBER letter to parentsfor donations
Understanding of how we canhelp ensure that everyone has access to clean water
Rivers and streams
Geog 2a 2d 4a 4b6c
Where does a stream comefrom?
What does it flowthrough?
What features can yousee? Meander, valley, riverbank
Discuss erosion etc use BBCsite
Complete Journey of a riverwsheet
Geographical featuresassociated with rivers and streams
Processes of erosion,deposition and transportation
Look at Amazon river identify main features
Review key feature of ariver and key processes associated with a river system
BBC website best forteaching
Look at swgfl for the riverExe local knowledge
Rivers and streams onmaps
Geog 1a 2a 2c 2d6c
Assess ability to readmap
What colour is thestream / river?
Give children a map, findTiverton and then River Exe. No further instructions
Then teach about gridreferences and help
Locate river Exe and traceroute with finger on the map Cf with
Identify rivers features,tribs, confluences, sources, meander and valley
Draw a sketch map of theriver and label main features from the OS map.
Provide grid references asnecessary
Using town map identifyroute from school to field site visit and colour (stick in Geogbooks)
Identify river features onan OS map
Plan route to fieldtrip
Plot an accurate route to river exe/lowman
Draw an accurate sketch map of River Exe
Recap water cycle
Recap features of ariver
What could weinvestigate on our river walk? How?
Discuss safety andriverwatch safety code
Visit river Lowman (AmoryPark)
Walk along River Exe on theway back to school
Geog 1a 1b 2a 2b 4a 6c7c
See separate lessonplan
R. Exe for confluence, leatwhy is it there?
Identify parts of the riversystem
Identify river features inthe field
Record changes along arivers course
Map a river section andshow land use
Analysing the riverdata
Geog 1c 2a 2f 4a 4b6c
See separate lessonplan
Pollution of rivers
Speaker from EA
Geog 1a 1e
Invite EA spokesperson totalk about pollution along the River Exe and Lowman
How has the river changedover the last 50 years?
Speak to Heidi about Devonwebsite (maps)
Brief bullet points on mainpoints made by EA
Relate discussion back toweeks 4 and 5 pollution in WW water sources, could the samehappen to us in the UK?
Why / not?
Investigate World rivers inteams PPt presentation
Geog 3b 5a 6c
Group work ( 5 )ICT suite, internet
Use hotlinks page toinvestigate major world rivers. Explore each continent
Litlink with notetaking
Allow time in lit forthis
The scale of some of theworlds rivers and where they are
What people use riversfor
ICTobjectives importing images, ppt, using the internet
Prompt sheet forquestions
Sp & L
Each group to present theirPPt on world rivers
Competition, secret ballotPrize for everyone but top 2 to be rewarded
End of unitassessment
Slam / mastermindactivity
WBs and pens