At the coast

Year 2

Unit Overview

In this project, your child will use maps to learn about the location of the world’s seas and oceans and keys to learn about map symbols. They will also find out about the directions on a compass. They will learn about the human and physical features of a coastline, including the effects of erosion and how to stay safe when visiting the coast. They will have the opportunity to learn about the work of the RNLI  and about the coastal town of Whitby, including how Captain Cook is linked to the town. They will research the tourism industry and consider what features make a place a successful tourist destination. 


The children will watch a video about coastlines and their features. We will discuss whether we have seen any of the features mentioned in the video and describe them. We will highlight coastal locations that we have visited on a map of the UK and discuss their positioning. We will work in pairs to read and sort the physical and human features picture cards into two groups: physical features and human features. 


Throughout this unit of work we will be writing keys to link to our maps and writing why we would visit Whitby. 


In this unit of work we will look at human and physical features of the area.

Unit Sequence: Learning Intentions


We are going to design a coastal town that tourists would want to visit. We will need to choose a location along the coastline of the United Kingdom to place our town and describe its physical and human features. We will also need to give visitors advice for ways to stay safe during their visit.


The class will be reading a variety of non-fiction texts about the coast as well as To the Edge of the World by Julia Julia Green.