A Trip to Istanbul!
This week we began our new adventure. We met out new Story character Tom and we following him to Istanbul to meet his Grandma. She had sent us a postcard saying that she was going on a trip around the world and she asked if we would like to join her. She told us that she had bought a magic carpet and that she was going to fly to lots of different countries. Before we could join her on the adventure we all needed to create our own passports.
After we had created our passports, Miss Procter handed out our plane tickets and off we went. First we met up with Grandma, and then we visited lots of different places in Istanbul. We went to the Sea Life Center, to the Theme Park, to the Mosque, to the market, on a hot air balloon ride and finally we went for a trip to the beach where we went snorkeling and build sand castles. we had such a good day that we decided to write a postcard home.
Human and Physical Features
Once we had returned from our trip to Istanbul, we decided to look at bit closer to home and we studied the city of Leeds. We found where Leeds was on a map and we looked at the different things that we could see located on the map. we sorted these things under two headings... human features and physical features. We learnt that human features are things that are man-made by humans (e.g. bridges and roads) and that physical features are naturally formed (e.g. rivers and hills). The children really loved using the maps to create their two lists.
Later in the week the children are going to using their knowledge of Leeds to write an advert persuading people to come and visit the city.
Mexico Vs Leeds
This week in geography the children have been researching the Leeds and Mexico and they have been comparing the geographical similarities and differences (e.g. weather and location). The children worked in small groups to research their chosen area and they then presented the information on a mind map with the help of an adult. The children identified a range of human and physical features in both areas and they used a world map to look at where each area was in relation to the rest of the world.
Following on from this the children then wrote a piece of non-fiction writing using their research from their geography lesson. The children thought hard about the facts that they wanted to include and they ensured that the had orally composed their sentences before writing.
Similarities and Differences between Mexico and the UK...
This week the children have been looking even more closely into the UK and Mexico. This week the children have focused on the geographical similarities and differences between the two countries. They looked closely at lots of aerial photographs and they identified lots of human and physical features in each country. The children then compared these and we learnt that some features were the same in both countries but we also learnt that Mexico has volcanos, deserts and canyons which we don't have in the UK.
This week in Geography the children have been learning about directions. They looked at a compass and talked about what they think it was for. We looked at maps and where we might find or use a compass. They played a game of corners using the directions on a compass. They learnt about travelling North, East, South and West. We then explored a program on purple mash where they had to navigate a boat on a map and use the directions to travel. Well done!
Our Geographical Walk to the Nature Reserve!
This week the children have been on a geographical walk to find a range of human and physical features in the local environment. We had lots of fun and we learnt lots about the things in our local community.