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.
Learn about the water cycle processes and create a water cycle in a bottle.
Research the main types of coast found in the UK and create a class display.
Research the processes involved in coastal erosion and create a class glossary of the key physical coastal features.
Learn about the impact of the sea on people living on the coast and then film a news report from a coastal erosion scene.
Investigate coastal defences and then create a storm surge dice-rolling game.
Identify the human uses of the coast and take part in a debate to evaluate coastal tourism.
Build a model to represent a range of human and physical coastal features and annotate with ‘higher order’ geography questions.
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.