Spring: Where in the World?
Following their learning of Continents and oceans, the pupils will further develop their map skills and knowledge by locating the poles, the Equator and the human and physical features of different regions. They will be contrasting and comparing this with their understanding of the seasons from Year 1.
Their investigation of plants of different regions will be deepened in Summer 1 Science study of plants and they will research the desert region of Australia in Summer 2.The children will get a chance to revisit and further develop their knowledge by studying Biomes and Climate zones in Year 4.
Autumn: Continents and Oceans
Building on their knowledge of the UK and local area from Year 1, the pupils will embark on a learning journey leading to their understanding of our planet Earth. They will begin to ask and answer questions about how people find out information about the planet. Through observation, work with maps and atlases and globes, they will be developing the global geographical context of their homes and environments. It will serve as an introduction to the geographical concepts of place and space and it will also allow the children to start thinking about scale.This unit of work should inspire the children to want to explore the Earth and its uniqueness further and set solid foundations for their further learning about hot and cold places and Year 2 and finally, allowing them to contract their locality with a non-European country (Australia). Furthermore, their growing understanding of Earth will prepare them for more in-depth learning about each continent in KS2 and the interaction between human and physical processes in Year 6 topics Trade and Migration.