Wednesday 23rd May – Anglian Water workshop

Richard Parks from Anglian Water returned to Wensum this morning to deliver practical workshops to Year 5.  They revisited some key themes on water saving then took part in team tasks that allowed them explore news ways to save water.  They then had to make a pledge about what they would do immediately.  Richard will be back after half term as they start to prepare for the next phase of their project.  Enjoy the gallery.

14th – 18th May: Y4 build river models

Year 4 have been working really hard this week making 3D representations of a river system from source to mouth.  Working in pairs they gradually built up the mountains, foothills, floodplains and the coast using newspaper and tape. They then used modroc to create a hard surface and add details.  Next they carefully mixed and applied paint. Tomorrow they will add labels.  Quite apart from being beautiful models they also demonstrate their secure geographical understanding of a river system.  A week well spent, I’m sure you’ll agree.

 

Wednesday 16th May – Durban calling

Today we had a wonderful opportunity to talk with a group of Eco Champs from Durban, South Africa, whose job it is to clean up the polluted Aller River that runs through their community.  Once we’d sorted out the inevitable technical difficulties from Skype, we got going.  They introduced themselves and told us all about their important work.  We then had a chance to introduce ourselves and talk about Norwich and the River Wensum.  Next week we’ll have a chance to speak with primary school children from Durban who are involved in the river project.

Thursday 10th May – Y4 river diagrams

What is a river? This is the question that our children in Y3, 4 and 5 have been working on. They have learned all about the different stages of a river – from source to mouth – and how the landscape changes as the river passes through it.  They have also looked at the different roles that rivers have and their importance to human settlement.  Having spend a week learning the key information they were given the task of answering the question. The gallery below shows some of the Y4 responses.

Wednesday 25th April – Aller River Interchange Project

Dr Elsa Lee from Cambridge University visited today to talk to the children about a community project in Durban, South Africa, where school children (Eco Cubs) and young adults (Eco Champs) are working together to improve the health of the Aller River that runs through their community.  As part of our Working as Geographers project, Elsa has arranged two opportunities for our children to speak with their counterparts in South Africa via Skype.  The children will use these Skype conversations to swap information about their respective communities and talk about the river work they are doing.

 

Tuesday 24th April – map making and modification in Y4 and Y5

Year 4 and 5 have been continuing their cartography work making and modifying their maps.  Today they turned their attention to the global, revisiting (or visiting for the first time in the case of Y3) the important geographic concepts of continents, oceans, Northern and Southern Hemisphere and the Equator.  Children have been using a range of maps to identify the major rivers of the world.  Having done this correctly, children have been adding careful colour to the maps.

Working as Geographers skills in use today:

WaG 1A: I can collect geographic data from maps

WaG 4: I can create and modify maps

Monday 23rd April – Y5 create maps to illustrate Friday’s walk

One of our Working as Geographers skills is to be able to create and modify maps based on field observations.  Today, Y5 did just that, creating beautifully illustrated and annotated maps of their river walk through the city.  Cartography (the science of creating maps) is both ancient and invaluable to our understanding of the world around us. Today’s work threw up many questions that can be clarified over the coming weeks and addressed when the children revisit their map.  One important question was around the purpose of a map – is it for use by the person who draws it or should it be able to be read by others?  Enjoy the gallery.