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Be a Geographer: VOLCANOES, Earthquakes and JAPAN

Our world is an endlessly fascinating place; still with so much to discover, know and understand.  This is the role of a geographer. This term, we will be aiming to further develop our understanding of our incredible planet

We will start with looking at the UK and naming places, seas and oceans. We will then become more familiar with the rest of the world.

You could help your child with their learning by:

  1. Looking at a world map and talking about it with your child. Where have you visited? Where would you like to visit? What are the largest oceans?
  2. Develop your child’s Geography skills by looking at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zbkw2hv

As geographers, in Year 6, we will:

  • Use an atlas to locate and learn about cities, mountain ranges, oceans and seas,
  • Investigate patterns of earthquakes, mountains and volcanoes
  • Find out about where natural resources are found
  • Explore how countries are linked through their use of natural resources
  • Learn about Japan and its human and physical characteristics, as  well as its traditions and culture.

 We will look at:

Physical features of our world such as...

  • ...the ‘ring of fire’ – an amazing area of the world where most of the volcanoes and earthquakes may be found
  • ...the different types of volcano that may be found around the ring of fire
  • ...the location of major mountain chains of the world and a look at how they have formed over many millions of years

 Human features of our world, such as...

  • ...economic activity in different zones throughout the world, with a focus on Japan
  • ......how communities and engineers deal with volcanic eruptions and earthquakes

We will start with looking at the UK and naming places, seas and oceans. We will then become more familiar with the rest of the world.

You could help your child with their learning by:

  1. Looking at a world map and talking about it with your child. Where have you visited? Where would you like to visit? What are the largest oceans? 
  2. Develop your child’s Geography skills by looking at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zbkw2hv

 

Later in the term we will begin our study of Japan. We will think about where it is in the world and the human and physical geography of the country. Our Japan day is always a highlight where the children will experience the culture, traditions and food of the country.

You could help your child with their learning by:

  1. Looking at where Japan is on Google maps or Google Earth.
  2. Finding out more about the country. Here are some good links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_ryYJPOx5w

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/znqs6v4

https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/00000144-0a41-d3cb-a96c-7b4dce6a0000

  1. Look up ‘origami’ online and have a go at creating some. Please take these into school as your child’s class teacher would love to see them.
  2. Try Japanese food
  3. Get some holiday brochures on Japan and plan a future trip!

 

Mt. Fuji in Japan

We will also be learning, as our title suggests, about

Earthquakes and Volcanoes

You could help your child with their learning by:

  1. Create a volcano at home. One suggestion is here:

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/how-to-make-a-volcano.html

  1. Learn more about volcanoes from books and online. Some videos that might be of interest are:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Jxeh-yAXek

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xtkys3-T-Y8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWXd21yaci8

Your child could produce a fact sheet on what they have learnt. Try this quiz:

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/games/quizzes/quiz-whiz-volcanoes/

  1. Learn more about earthquakes from books and online. Some videos and websites that might be of interest are:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-v-G1iL67w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROVuhDENYh0

https://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-earthquake.htm

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2116.html

 

Again, your child could produce a fact sheet on what they have learnt. Try this quiz:

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/quiz/earth/quiz-yourself-on-earthquakes/