Mountains, Rivers and Coasts

Block E - Living in the Mountains

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.

Journey to the Kumaon region of India and learn about the life of a Kumaon child. Find out about the fascinating Kumaon region and the tallest peaks of the Himalayas. Compare this region to your own as you develop learning.

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: Kumaon story

Learn about the life of a Kumaon child; how is it similar and different to yours? Write a personal account of a typical day.

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02: Location of Kumaon

Find out about the fascinating Kumaon region and the tallest peaks of the Himalayas.

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03: A day in the life of a Kumaoni child

Learn more about the challenging life of a child living in the upper reaches of the Himalayas.

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04: Himalayan climate

Research the seasons in the Kumaon region and their effects on the people.

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05: Kumaoni homes

Compare the materials used to build homes in the Kumaon region with those used for your own house.

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06: Kumaoni school

Experience Kumaoni school lessons; compare them with your own school and debate the differences.

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07: Access to water in the Kumaon

Role-play fetching water for every day tasks and begin to understand water issues for people in the Kumaon.

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08: Kumaoni food

Think about the diet of the Kumaon people; prepare a typical Kumaoni breakfast of rice and dhal.

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09: Hindu celebration

Consider the Hindu religion and the significance of the Himalayas and the rivers running from them; celebrate the Hindu festival of Rhaki and make friendship bracelets.

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10: A celebration of similarities and differences

Summarise all you have learned about the similarities and differences between living in the Kumaon and living in the UK; create an informative PowerPoint presentation and then plan a celebration with friends and family.