Our Geography topic this summer is The Derwent Valley. We will focus on rivers, especially our own River Derwent, but first we begin by looking at how England is divided up into many areas called counties.
Task 1: Find the county of Derbyshire on a map . You could use an atlas if you have one or an online map. Then find the names of the 7 counties that border Derbyshire. Use the sheet below (My County in England) to help you find and mark them. You could carry on and find all the counties in England!
Task 2: Think about what Derbyshire is famous for. This could be industry - what is made/has been made in the past in Derbyshire . You could also think about foods which are famously produced in Derbyshire. Lots of you have been cooking at home so I have given you two Derbyshire recipes that you might like to try! Both are delicious! You could find out about unusual traditions in different Derbyshire towns and villages. You could present you findings as a poster, a fact file, a powerpoint or use your own idea!
Have a go at posting pictures of anything you make on the class blog! BUT is also absolutely fine to send anything through to our class email if you prefer.
Task 3 - Have a look through the PowerPoint on UK Rivers and Seas. See if you can find the name of the seas surrounding the UK, some of the rivers marked on the maps shown and the sea that each flows into. There are sheets to help you record your findings but don't worry if you can't print these out. Just follow the questions on the PowerPoint and maybe just list them, draw them or work in your own way! Did you spot the River Derwent on one of the maps? Can you find out where the River Derwent starts and where it ends?
Task 4 - Take a look at the video links below about how a river is formed and meandering rivers. Then...
1) Have a go at explaining in your own words how a river bends.
2) Can you find an example of an ox-bow lake on Google Earth?
3) Find out what is meant by 'tributary' and find out which river the River Derwent is a tributary of.
4) Can you find tributaries that flow into the River Derwent?
Task 5: Click the link for The Derwent Dam in the resources below to watch a video to learn a little about how rivers are part of the water cycle before finding out about the Derwent Dam and the Ladybower Dam. Could you do some of your own research about these dams - why and how were they were built? If you are feeling very creative you could make you own map or model of the Derwent Valley, showing where a river comes from - see the river model picture below for inspiration.
Task 6: Watch the Water Cycle video below to learn a little more about rivers and the water cycle. Can you draw your own diagram to explain evaporation, condensation and precipitation? Could you write a set of quiz questions about the water cycle to test your family?
Task 7: Have a look at the videos on the BBC Bitesize page about rivers - see link below. Then have a look through the Features of a River PowerPoint. Look up any river feature words you don't know and consider a river in terms of its 3 courses: the upper course, the middle course and the lower course. There is also a worksheet about labelling river features to have a go at if you are able to print it - otherwise you could create your own diagram as part of Task 8.
Finally, watch the video about land use on the lower course of rivers. Start to think about why large cities such as Glasgow and London built up around the lower course of rivers.
Task 8: See the VRC for a video where I show you how to do the following: Using watery blue paint, place 2 or 3 large droplets onto one edge of a large piece of paper. Tilt the paper to let the droplets run together, like tributaries meeting other streams and rivers. If necessary, add more paint to the streams as you go until one river of paint reaches the other side of the paper. You then have the basis of a diagram showing a river from source to mouth to which you can add as many labels as you can.
Task 9: Read through the slides on Erosion and Deposition below. See if you can set up the experiment as described. Can you explain your findings in your own words?
Task 10: Use an atlas or the internet to look up the countries and capital cities of Europe. We will be thinking about why lots of them are located near to rivers! There are sheets below for you to have a go at if you wish to map the capital cities and study their flags. Maybe you could have a go at designing a flag - but be careful, there are rules!
Our topic The Derwent Valley continues into the second half of the summer term. Don't worry if you haven't completed all of the tasks so far. You can always go back to them when you can.
Summer 2: Week 1
Task 11: Have a look at the 'Cities and Rivers' PowerPoint slides in the resources below. Examine the photographs of London Docklands carefully and spot some differences. Consider why living and working close to a river has become so popular. What types of buildings are needed to house people who wish to live by the river? Then have go at researching some famous cities and the rivers they developed on. Add to the list on the final slide.
Task 12: Follow the link below to the BBC Bitesize video about Glasgow and the River Clyde. Feel free to have a go at any of the activities under the 'classroom ideas' tab.
Task 13: Watch the YouTube video below to follow Dean Read as he walks 55 miles along the Derwent Valley Heritage Way, starting at Derby and travelling north. Try plotting all the places he stops at on a road map or list them down.
Task 14: At 32mins on the video, Dean shows you a simplified map showing the Derwent Valley Heritage Way. Have a go at drawing your own map of the route. Draw the River Derwent first, then plot on the route and label as many places as you can. You may need to make your map fairly large!