Mrs. Dear and Mrs. Harding have heard about a competition, run by the National Geographic Kids magazine, asking primary aged school children to research about a country and create a magazine page, for a chance to be published in a special anniversary addition of the magazine.
The class watched an introductory video from the Education and Learning Director of the National Geographic, explaining the competition requirements. The class also received their competition pack, which included many photos of a 'mystery' country's contrasting landscapes and links to some video clips.
Beginning to use their geographical skills, including those of longitude and latitude, the children were required to deduce where in the world the country was.
Having successfully identified and located the country of Iceland, the children are required to further their geographical knowledge of this country to create a non-chronological magazine.
Working out the mystery country!
Having watched a video explaining the National Geographic magazine competition, the children explored photos, videos and atlases to work out which country we need to learn about! They then researched on the internet to check they were correct and learn more.
Icelands' Climate and Weather
We have found out about the climatic zones around the world, which has helped us understand more about the 'cold temperate' climate of Iceland.
We have then looked at maps, watched video clips and weather forecasts, as well as reading a non-chronological text, to find about the weather of Iceland and how changeable and extreme it can be!
Whilst reading the non-chronological text, we identified the features of this text type because we need to know this to help us write our magazine!
Having read Non-Chronological texts to learn about the weather in Iceland, we tried creating weather forecasts which would also help people know what to pack! Can you hear our Geographical Vocabulary?
Having researched the amazing Northern Lights and how they occur, we decided to create a piece of art work.
We looked carefully at Van Gogh's Starry Night painting to notice how his art created a feeling of movement. We then tried to recreate this feeling for the Northern Lights using pastels.
Everyone in 3/4 has worked so hard on their magazines. They have taken great pride in publishing them and have learnt so much about the geography of Iceland. Their skills in independence have greatly improved as they made their own choices about the layout of their work. We hope you all enjoy reading them and we have our fingers crossed we hear from National Geographic soon.