Category Archives: Geography

Our Changing Climate

Kestrels started their new Geography topic today; Our Changing Climate. We discussed language that they will be learning about and using throughout the topic and then studied various pictures that indicat the damage that we are causing to our planet. The children gave their opinions, and we discussed what exactly is happening to our valuable planet. This is a very exciting and current topic and the children are already engrossed in just how they can be a part of ‘saving’ our Earth.


Today Year 5 were looking at the similarities and differences between Norway and Wales. They have been looking at the two places in depth and today it was the economy.
They began by highlighting the similarities and differences in pairs and then joined other pairs doing the same area to compare their findings before writing a paragraph on what they had found.
There were some interesting facts to be learnt. The economy of each place is very dependent on the terrain (the way the land is- it can be flat or hilly, mountainous or barren). Also, as we have seen, both Norway and Wales are very picturesque (beautiful) and so they both have a lot of tourism (people having holidays and visiting there). Tourism creates jobs and brings the country money. That is part of their service industry. They also looked and farming and agriculture, forestry, sports and recreation as well as transport and manufacturing.
Have a look at them hard at work.

What is it like in Norway?

Last week, year 5 started their Geography topic on Norway and Wales. They have been learning all about the country’s similarities and differences and focusing on the cities of Cardiff and Oslo. They have studied atlases and digimaps to locate various places on their maps. Today, they focused on the different climates of both cities. They learnt about what life is like in Norway, why not ask them what they learnt?

Understanding maps

We spent some time looking at the different representations of maps and the information they give.

There was a lot to take in and some interesting facts were found.

Evan discovered a small island called “Lewis”.

Lots of children found facts about countries, such as population size.

Daneil found out that 1% of Americas population is over 90 years old.

The class worked collaboratively to look at the different maps and found that all maps have some sort of key which explains the details on the map. The key could show:

– Rivers
– Motorways
– High to low ground
– Ground under sea level
– Lakes
– Population

The class went on to looking at maps of Paris and discovering the human (man made) features and the physical (natural) features found in France.

Homework projects

This blog relates to the Homework Challenge set last week – read here.

Today Kestrels shared their first homework projects that they have been working on this week. The class enjoyed looking at other children’s work, discussing different ideas and presentation techniques. All children gave very sensible positive comments and thought of opportunities for pieces of work to be developed further.

Children were enthused to use some of the new ideas they’d seen and work even harder on their projects for next week.

Emily – It was more interesting because it let you show your own ideas.
Hanson I enjoyed expressing more creativity.
Josh – I enjoyed the freedom.
Leo – I really liked seeing how different people presented their ideas.
Fabian – It stood out that they used a lot of well thought out language.
Nimca – People took real care in their presentation.
Ben – I was proud of the work I did and enjoyed the positive comments people gave me.
Jessica = I put loads of effort into the work and was pleased to get lots of good comments.

Homework challenge

In Year 5 we are experimenting with a different style of homework.

In addition to the usual number facts and spellings that children have to learn, we are sending home an open ended piece of homework. Each piece will only have a title – it is then up to your child’s interests / creativity to take the homework in the direction they wish.

Each week the class will review the work that children produce, with children developing their own success criteria to assess against for each piece of work.

This week’s titles are Arrays and Earthquake, giving children the opportunity to explore the work we have been doing in Maths and Geography.

We can’t wait to see the wonderful work that the children produce!