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An island home

Key Stage 1 Geography, QCA Scheme of work

Unit 3: An island home (Year 2)  

How is Struay similar to, and different from, our locality?

Overview

In this series of activities children will be exploring similarities and differences between their own locality and the island of Coll (the fictionalised isle of Struay in the Katie Morag books). They will draw on what they have learnt already, in order to compare landscapes, weather, people and transport on Coll with their own locality. They will be introduced to the effects of climate on landscapes and that people design houses to keep out the weather.


Objectives

Children should learn:


Lesson Plan

Activity one

Look at the slides and use for discussion about the weather and housing. Any information about houses and landscapes can then be used in activity two.

Activity two

Organise children in small groups:

  • groups working with support to make a model of Struay or their mainland locality, based on learning from earlier in this unit, and label main features.
  • groups working independently to make collage pictures of either Struay or mainland locality, and label main features.
  • groups working with the teacher to make models of Coll and mainland locality using maps and photographs, adding labels to main features.

Encourage children to talk about similarities and differences between the two places.

Visit Coll

You will need:

Maps of the Isle of Coll
Photos of Coll and locality
Photos of houses on Coll
and Katie Morag story books.

Visit Coll Website
Link to the 'Visit Coll' information website.

Activity three

Ask the children to use the differentiated worksheets to make a list of ways where they live is the same and different to the isle of Struay, where Katie Morag lives.