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Autumn 2 Misty Mountain, Winding river

Week 6- Geography

This week we have reached our Innovate stage of our Learning Journey and we have been putting our geographical skills to good use, by imagining that we are in charge of creating a visitor's guide to The Lake District.


We used an Ordnance Survey map to locate physical features of the area, such as Great Gable and the River Esk. We found 6 figure grid references for key locations and researched more about the terrain at the summit and base of the mountain.

Below are some photographs of us all using our map reading skills.

Week 5 - Geography

This week we have been focusing on mountains again, looking at significant mountains around the globe and pinpointing the continent they are in. We learned that Mount Everest is the tallest mountain summit above sea level, however even though it is still growing at a rate of 4mm a year, there are a number of mountains that are actually taller if they were measured from their bases below sea level.




This week in English we have planned a non-chronological report about mountains. We watched a clip of Sir David Attenborough talking about his series 'Life in Cold Blood', to inspire us to use powerful verbs and precise details to help keep the listener/ reader engaged and want to read on.

After this we tried a sentence improving activity, adding adjectives, stronger more precise verb choices and fronted adverbials.


I will post some final copies of our completed work next week.

As promised, here are some of our reports that we have displayed in class on our Star Writer Board.

Week 3- Geography


This week we have learned what mountains are and the different types such as: dome, fault-block, plateau and fold mountains. We watched film clips to show how the tectonic plates collide to make the different types. 


We also extended to our map reading skills by learning about contour lines and how they show the height of the land.

Week 2


This week we continued learning about rivers. We completed our explanation texts on the water cycle (I will add some photographs of these next week) and have located major rivers around the world.


In PE we completed the Lincolnshire Skipping challenge- going for Gold!


We have started to look at what mountains are and their main features, which we will be using to write mountain reports on over the next two weeks in English.


In music we have been polishing our rhythms and ostinato patterns and are moving on to create our own solo rhythms.

Week 1


This week we started our project by thinking about what we already knew about mountains and rivers. Most of us decided that we thought this term's learning journey would be useful and interesting as we couldn't think of much to write on our Mind Maps.


Following on from this, we started to look at The River Thames. Ideally we would have loved to have gone on our own river walk, however, we found that we could learn a lot by using the satellite images on Google Earth. 


We learned that the start of a river was called the source and the end, the bit that meets the sea, was the mouth. 

We then read a bit more and also found a film clip on Countryfile about locating the source of the River Thames in Cirencester.


Did you know that it moves?


Here is an example of the work we produced as we learned about the upper, middle and lower course.


In English this week we have read several explanation texts and identified their features. We then watched a short animation to show the water cycle (as well as reading about it in Guided Reading). We made notes and today we wrote paragraphs to explain what happened at each stage.


Finally we learned about sequential and causal connectives/ conjunctions and tried to use these to improve our writing. We even had time to ace a quiz at the end of the session.

Well done Pine Class, a great first week back!