Earth Matters

Block A - The water cycle and coasts

This topic is an excellent introduction to the key aspects of physical Geography that children need to understand and describe in KS2. The children gain a thorough knowledge of the water cycle, coasts and rivers, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, climate zones and biomes through applying the knowledge gained from their research in practical tasks such as model making, drama, artwork and dance.

Study the water cycle and the physical geography of coasts and coastal features. Learn about coastal erosion and the impact of the sea on human activity.

This Topic is written for Upper 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: What is the water cycle?

Learn about the water cycle processes and create a water cycle in a bottle.

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02: What is the coast?

Research the main types of coast found in the UK and create a class display.

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03: How does the sea shape the coastline?

Research the processes involved in coastal erosion and create a class glossary of the key physical coastal features.

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04: What impact does the sea have on human activity?

Learn about the impact of the sea on people living on the coast and then film a news report from a coastal erosion scene.

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05: How do we try to prevent coastal erosion?

Investigate coastal defences and then create a storm surge dice-rolling game.

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06: What impacts do humans have on the coast?

Identify the human uses of the coast and take part in a debate to evaluate coastal tourism.

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07 - 08: Modelling human and physical coastal features

Build a model to represent a range of human and physical coastal features and annotate with ‘higher order’ geography questions.

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09: Explaining coastal processes and features

Add a high quality coastal process explanation to the model and then present the finished work to an audience of children or parents and carers.