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Modern Europe
Introduction to Modern Europe

Understand the amazing physical and human geography of Modern Europe. Create a map of Europe and personalise a passport recording your achievements. Investigate key European physical features. Research a European capital city for a display and examine the weather from each of Europe’s climate zones before deciding what to pack for your travels!

Session 1 My Europe: Take to the rails!

Objectives

Geography

  • Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia).

Computing

  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content.

Teaching and Activities

Create a class display of a map of Europe; begin to research locations in further detail; personalise a passport that will record your achievements during this block.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand which countries comprise Europe and which bodies of water surround it.
  • To use the internet in a focused and selective way.

Children will:

  • Contribute to a class display of a map of Europe.
  • Personalise a Passport for the journey.
  • Research locations to explore in further detail for the following 3 sessions.

You Will Need

  • Real passport
  • Atlas
  • A2/A3 poster paper/card

Session 2 River deep, mountain high

Objectives

Geography

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography including rivers & mountains.

Teaching and Activities

Investigate key European rivers and mountains and create your own Snakes and Ladders style game that shows your knowledge.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To Investigate the rivers and mountains of Europe and share findings.

Children will:

  • Investigate the key European rivers and mountains, sharing findings using the ‘jigsaw’ learning technique.
  • Create a Snakes and Ladders-style game to represent and apply knowledge.

Provided Resources

  • Rivers deep, mountains high
  • Mountains and rivers master list
  • Play the mountains and rivers game

You Will Need

  • Dice
  • Card
  • Sticky-back film

Session 3 Cracking captials!

Objectives

Geography

  • Locate the world’s countries, concentrating on major cities.
  • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital mapping.

Computing

  • Use search technologies effectively.
  • Use presentation software to communicate ideas or information (optional).

English

  • Retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction.

Teaching and Activities

Research a European capital city and prepare information text to accompany a photograph to be mounted on the class display.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To interpret the key and/ or symbols on a range of maps to locate capital cities.
  • To use online sources to locate and explore Europe’s capital cities.
  • To contribute information to a shared class display.

Children will:

  • Research a given capital city.
  • Prepare information text to accompany a photograph to be mounted on class display.

Or

  • Research a given capital city.
  • Use photographs from internet research, along with written or spoken text to create a video using an iPad app, (e.g. Explain Everything or Tellagami Edu). Mount screenshots from the video on class display.

You Will Need

  • Paper/draft books for note-taking
  • Computer/laptop/tablet/iPads (optional)

Session 4 Pack your bags

Objectives

Geography

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography including climate zones, rivers & mountains.
  • Describe and understand human geography including types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Teaching and Activities

Research the weather from each of Europe’s climate zones; decide what to pack for your travels by painting or drawing appropriate clothing onto outline people.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To know the effects of Europe’s different climates on industry.

Children will:

  • Research the weather in a country from each of Europe’s climate zones by interpreting data in web-based tables.
  • Decide what to pack by painting or drawing appropriate clothing on each of 5 outline people.
  • Fill a bag with souvenirs from any of the countries visited, to represent the natural resources and famous exports of those countries.

You Will Need

  • Atlases

Session 5 Representing geographical features

Objectives

Design and Technology

  • Design innovative, functional and appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups.
  • Select tools, equipment and materials to perform practical tasks accurately and aesthetically.

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region in a European country.
  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography.

Teaching and Activities

Design and build a model to represent the human and/or physical features of a European location; annotate your model with geography questions.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To design, build and finish a model to represent a range of human and physical features.
  • To annotate the model with ‘higher order’ geography questions.

Children:

  • Design, build and finish a model to represent the human and/ or physical features of one European location.
  • Annotate the model with geography questions to engage the viewer, e.g. Which climate zone do you think this country is in? Explain your ideas?

You Will Need

  • Junk modelling materials
  • PVA glue
  • Masking tape
  • Modroc
  • Shallow trays
  • Poster or acrylic paint
  • Sand and small stones.

Session 6 Report writing to annotate model

Objectives

English

  • Plan, draft, edit and write a concise report.
  • Be clear about an appropriate standard of handwriting, e.g. an unjoined style for labelling a diagram.

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region in a European country.

Teaching and Activities

Write a high quality piece of information text to accompany your model that demonstrates all the geography knowledge you have mastered in this block.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To write information, demonstrating understanding of the key themes studied in the block.
  • To understand the links between aspects of physical and human geography.

Children will:

  • Each write a high quality report to accompany their model, demonstrating an understanding of the themes covered in previous weeks.

You Will Need

  • Plain paper
  • Line guides
  • Card for mounting.