Earth Matters

Block F - Climate Zones and Biomes

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.

Create a Biome in a Bag and a DIY ‘Eden Project’ with its own mini guide or poster, based on their research using maps, globes, atlases, digital mapping, websites and a visit to a manmade biome. This block teaches the children about the key aspects of climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts.

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: Biomes of the world

The children are introduced to the main land biomes of the world; children research a biome and role-play life as an indigenous person living in the biome they have researched.

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02: Light, water and nutrients

The children make a biome in a bag and observe it over a number of days thereby learning about photosynthesis, the water cycle and the relationships between climate, nutrients and vegetation within ecosystems.

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03: Visit to a biome

Children visit a biome (either a local natural or artificial) and make annotated sketches of their observations.

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04: Save the planet

The children are taught more about the balance within and interdependent nature of ecosystems. They research environmental problems and solutions, and create posters and give presentations on their research.

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05: Build a model Eden Project

Using arts and crafts materials, the children construct a model Eden Project: a representation of a biome of their choice.

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06: Come and visit!

Having made their biome models, the children make a guide or poster to accompany their model, providing tourist information with an emphasis on conservation issues.