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Raise awareness of the four major Russian biomes to help protect them for future generations. Can you become a Biome Co-ordinator and put on your own creative biome exhibition that will include food chain mobiles, adaptation fold-ups, an online classification key and a large scale model of your chosen biome? If so, then welcome to Russia!

Session 1 Brilliant biomes!

Objectives

Geography

  • Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia).
  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography including climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers and mountains.

English

  • Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes.
  • Speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English.
  • Participate in presentations.
  • Select and use appropriate registers for effective communication.

Teaching and Activities

Become Biome Co-ordinators for the WWF and have a go at sort your tundras from your taigas. Share your new found knowledge as you record your very own biome news bulletin.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To identify key features of 9 major biomes and locate Russia and identify its 4 major biomes.
  • To compose and record a news report on biomes using appropriate and clear language.

Children will:

  • Sort information about specific biomes, and create 9 biome posters.
  • Find Russia on a map and Identify the 4 major biomes of Russia and their locations.
  • Record a news report introducing biomes and the 4 major ones found in Russia.

You Will Need

  • World map

Session 2 Tangled webs - food webs unravelled

Objectives

Geography

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography including biomes and vegetation belts.

Science

  • Identify that animals need the right types and amount of nutrition and that they get nutrition from what they eat.
  • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.

Teaching and Activities

Explore the dynamics of a food chain in your focus Russian biome - who is eating whom? Make your very own food chain mobile to sort the producers from the consumers and the predators from the prey!

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To identify producers, consumers, predators and prey, for one of the four main Russian biomes.
  • To understand the flow of energy along a food chain.

Children will:

  • Explore food chains and webs and point out producers, consumers, predators and prey for one of the four main Russian biomes.
  • Create a food chain mobile for their assigned biome, based on research or a given food web.
  • Identify the flow of energy along a food chain.

Provided Resources

  • The Food Chain
  • Producer, Consumer, Predator, Prey game
  • Animal and plant sets for all four Russian biomes
  • Instructions for producing a mobile food chain

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 3 Life in the freezer - adaptation

Objectives

Geography

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography including climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers and mountains.

Science

  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment and in different ways.

Teaching and Activities

Investigate how arcticflora and fauna survive in such tough conditions and explore the living things in your own specialist Russian biome to discover how they are adapted to survive - share your discoveries through an adaptation fold-up.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To identify adaptations to climate and physical landscape found within a specific Russian biome.
  • To suggest plant and animal adaptations to a range of environments in Russian biomes.

Children will:

  • Create concept cartoons for specific animal adaptations
  • Make adaptation ‘fold-ups’ for a range of flora and fauna from their Russian biome

Provided Resources

  • About Adaptation
  • Questions for ‘King of the Tundra’
  • Animal and plant sets for all four Russian biomes
  • Fold-up example

You Will Need

  • Thick paper
  • Pens and pencils

Session 4 I've got the key to classification

Objectives

Geography

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography including biomes and vegetation belts.

Science

  • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.

Teaching and Activities

Take part in a live classification key then see if you can get classifying Russian-style. Have a go at developing your own on-screen key that can be used as part of your final WWF exhibition.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To identify plants and animals from a given Russian biome through the development of a key.
  • Explore the way that classification keys subdivide animals by asking a series of yes/ no questions.
  • Create an interactive classification key to help identify a small group of ‘mystery’ plants and animals.

Children will:

  • Take part in a live-action classification key
  • Devise questions for a classification key that identifies plants and animals from all four Russian biomes
  • Create and use an on-screen interactive key

Provided Resources

  • About classification
  • Animal and plant sets for all four Russian biomes

You Will Need

  • Branching database software – FlexiTree, Ask Oscar or Textease Branch

Session 5 The big picture - it's modelling time!

Objectives

Geography

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography including climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers and mountains.

Design and Technology

  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose.
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams.
  • Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks accurately.
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials and textiles, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities.
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.

Teaching and Activities

Bring all of your research and new-found expertise on your Russian biome to create a model of this landscape. You will have full creative control of the materials that you use and the way you put it together - but remember to keep it accurate! Add your model to a creative exhibit on your biome using all the knowledge and visuals you have developed over the past few sessions - it’s time to open up to the public!

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To demonstrate understanding of a biome through construction and presentation of a model.
  • To research, design, build and evaluate a biome diorama/model.

Children will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of their biome’s physical geography through construction and appropriate finishing of a model.
  • Plan, design, construct and evaluate a biome model/diorama.
  • Synthesise learning from previous four sessions to present their group model, food chains, adaptation fold-ups and classification keys to the rest of the class and to a wider audience.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • A wide range of modelling materials
  • Boxes
  • Construction tools