Mountains, Rivers and Coasts

Block A - The Journey of a River

In this fascinating topic, you will learn what mountains, rivers and coasts actually are, some of the forces that help create and shape these important features, and the effects they have on the world around them. You will learn about the climates, human interactions, and lifestyles shaped by the mountains, rivers and coasts of the world.

Learn about the formation and features of a river. Follow its journey to the sea and discover the role of the water cycle. Play a definition game, illustrate a glossary, create a collage, make an estuary nature reserve leaflet, learn about the 10 major world rivers and devise a dance capturing the moods of a river. Finally build and test your own boat to launch!

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: A river is born

Learn about how a river is formed. Follow the journey of a river and draw a sketch map of a river and the features found along the way.

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02: A river's journey

Understand the stages of a river’s journey. Learn about and develop river vocabulary and make an illustrated river words glossary. Start a river journey collage to share your knowledge!

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03: The water cycle

Further develop understanding of the stages of a river’s journey and learn about evaporation and its place in the water cycle. Finish the river journey collage.

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04: Fresh water river, salt water sea

Learn about the concept of the water cycle including evaporation and condensation. Discuss and assess the evaporation experiment and look at what has been learnt. Add water cycle labels to the class river journey collage.

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05: Estuaries and deltas

Understand about what happens when a river reaches the coast. Create a leaflet about a nature reserve based at the coast and show your knowledge by playing an Estuary Quiz game!

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06: Great rivers of the world

Learn about the ten major world rivers and the continents through which they flow.

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07: Developing a river dance

Listen to a piece of classical music that represents the journey of a river. Review your knowledge of the stages of a river and begin to use this to help develop a river journey dance.

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08: Refining a river dance

In this active session you will develop, refine and perform your river journey dance.

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09: Make a boat to journey to the sea!

Trace the journey of a local river to the sea. Build a boat from natural materials to send on a river journey, making sure to test and improve its buoyancy and stability.

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10: Launch a boat on its journey to the sea

Revise the route of your local river downstream to the sea; Name and write a message for the finder of their boat; Finally launch their boat and wave it off on its journey to the sea.