Mountains, Rivers and Coasts

Block B - Rivers for People

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.

Rivers have always been extremely important for people. Find out about the importance of rivers in settlements, travel and farming. Investigate bridges, irrigation, and the industrial use of rivers too. Design and make your own water wheel!

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: River crossings

Learn about how people cross over rivers and about different bridge designs; test bridge strength and begin to understand how forces act on bridges.

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02: Rivers for life

Investigate the importance of the Nile to life in Egypt and make a simulation model with water flowing through a crop of cress seeds.

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03: Settlements along rivers

Review the importance of rivers and rainfall in the growing of crops; investigate the relationship between rivers and settlements in Britain.

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04: Rivers for transport, industry and leisure

Learn about how we use rivers for transport, industry and leisure; make a tourist leaflet or turning explanation wheel; play a game to show you understand these categories of river use.

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05: River power

Learn about different types of waterpower including hydroelectric power stations; investigate traditional waterwheels and then design and make a waterwheel using recycled packaging.