Modern Europe

Block F - Italy

Discover Modern Europe in this exciting and informative topic. Understand the amazing physical and human geography of Modern Europe. Travel around, learn key facts and explore the varied countries that make up our European continent. Develop skills in human and physical geography and further your historical and cultural knowledge of these countries as well!

Travel to Italy to take in the alpine scenery and enjoy a mountain trek through the many mountain ranges that Italy boasts. Take a trip back in time to CE 79 and the fateful day that Mt Vesuvius blew her top. Investigate the mysterious draw of the volcanoes of southern Italy for settlement - would you take the risk and live in the shadow of a live volcano?

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: The mountain medleys of Italy

Become mountain detectives and discover the various mountain ranges to be found in Italy; from the Alps and Dolomites in the north to the Apennine Mountains that stretch down Italy’s boot. Create a tourist brochure, encouraging visitors to take a mountain tour of Italy.

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02: Experiencing Pompeii

Take a trip back in time to CE 79 and experience the last epic eruption of Mount Vesuvius from the eyes of Pliny the Younger. Provide a news piece for the BBC as a Newsround reporter, explaining the historical story and geography behind the eruption.

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03: The geography of the Mt Vesuvius region

Create your own Mt Vesuvius Lego™ diorama, including colour coded flag labels, identifying historical and geographical information.


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04: The human geography of volcanic regions

Create a risk assessment for living in the shadow of an active volcano - look at Mt Etna on Sicily, alongside Mt Vesuvius and identify patterns of settlement and land use over the past few hundred years.