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Year 4

In Year 4 we have two major geography foci.  In the Spring term we focus on biomes and their importance.  In the summer term we look at the Rainforests as part of our studies on The Mayans and South America, we build on our knowledge of and the importance of rivers from our studies in Year 3. 


Spring - Biomes, Biomes and more Biomes!

With geography at its heart this project will introduce the children to the technical understanding that biomes are a way to divide the Earth’s surface.  Children will look at how these divisions are based on climate patterns, soil types and the animals and plants that inhabit an area. Children will look at the five basic types of biome: aquatic, forest, desert, tundra and grasslands.  Children will investigate the health of these biomes and the human effect on them.




Summer - The Mayans


With our final historical forage into Ancient Civilisations we investigate the Mayans and we launch into our learning journey of British history start by comparing this ancient civilisation with Stone Age Britain.


Linking our historical knowledge with our knowledge of place we look at the Rainforests of South America.  We revisit rivers and introduce the water cycle. We ask questions such as what is this place like?  What makes it distinctive? What kinds of people make this place special?  We consider the human impact of on the rainforest - we ask questions about deforestation and the impact it is having globally?