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Dear all Emerald page visitors, 

Welcome to our class webpage! Here you will find information about our latest topic, links to useful websites, interesting facts about what we learn about, and much more! Over the year, I will add more photos, information, and other features!

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Term 6 2022 - Investigating Our World

Investigating Our World 1

Our Term 6 DICE Topic is called 'Investigating Our World' and is a geography topic focusing on many aspects of human and physical geography, including map skills, settlements, and biomes.

During the Investigating Our World project, the children will study Ordnance Survey maps to write a description of the local area. They will learn about contour lines and revise six-figure grid references to locate features on maps. We will learn about the Prime, or Greenwich, Meridian and find out that Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT, is taken from the Prime Meridian. They will know that the Earth is split into 24 time zones and calculate the time in places worldwide. We will learn about climate zones, vegetation belts and biomes. We will find out that the climate and vegetation in an area determine the animals that live there. The children will learn about the human geography of the continents and locate capital cities around the world. They will identify relative locations and use the scale bars on maps to find the distance between places. We will study the motorway network across the United Kingdom, learning how they connect towns, cities and transport links across the country. We will explore a settlement hierarchy diagram and learn about the relative size, significance and populations of settlements. At the end of the project, the children will carry out a fieldwork enquiry to discover which settlement types are in their local area.

Key Vocabulary

Climate - The general weather conditions found in a place over a period of time.

Ecosystem - An environment, including the plants and animals that live and interact within that environment.

Life Expectancy - The number of years that a person is likely to live.

Population Density - The number of people living in an area.

Topography - The physical appearance of an area of land, especially relating to its shape and surface.

Contour Lines - Hills, slopes and mountains are represented on a map using contour lines. By studying the contour lines on a map, you can work out the topography of an area.

Biome - A large ecosystem that has characteristic features, such as the climate and landscape.

Vegetation Belt - An area where certain species of plants grow because of the climate.

Motorway - A main road with multiple lanes built for fast travel over long distances.

Capital City - Usually the seat of a country’s government. They are large settlements with a wide range of human features and transport links and are usually a centre for business and trade.

Investigating Our World 2

Useful Documents

Maths Shed


Letter - join

Welcome to our school handwriting scheme. Handwriting is a very important element of school life, and the associated skills need to be taught carefully. We have adopted the Letter-Join strategy for handwriting across the entire school and cursive script will be taught to everyone. We would love you to encourage your children to practise using this letter formation. Details of how to download resources are available below. (Click the logo.)

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Be Your Own D.J. - Incredibox

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