Misty Mountain, Winding River

Year 4

Unit Overview

In the Misty Mountain, Winding River project, your child will learn about the characteristics and physical processes of rivers, including how they shape the landscape over time, their significance around the world and the impact of flooding. They will learn how to use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and a key to locate and plot geographical places and features on a map, as well as how contour lines are used to show the topography of an area. They will have the opportunity to learn about the stages of the water cycle and about mountains and their different formations, studying mountain ranges in the United Kingdom and around the world. They will also learn about habitats and how human and natural influences can have an impact on the environment.


Visit to the River Irk near Alkrington Woods Nature Reserve.


Throughout this unit of work we will be writing a story based on the story Float by Daniel Miyares.


In this unit of work we will visit the River Irk near Alkrington Woods Nature Reserve.

Driver Subject: Learning Intentions

  1. Describe and compare aspects of physical features.

  2. Study and draw conclusions about places and geographical features using a range of geographical resources, including maps, atlases, globes and digital mapping.

  3. Use four or six-figure grid references and keys to describe the location of objects and places on a map.

  4. Explain how the physical processes of a river, sea or ocean have changed a landscape over time.

  5. Name, locate and explain the importance of significant mountains or rivers.

  6. Explain ways that settlements, land use or water systems are used in different parts of the world.

  7. Describe and compare aspects of physical features.

  8. Identify, describe and explain the formation of different mountain types.

  9. Identify the topography of an area of the UK using contour lines on a map.

  10. Create a detailed study of geographical features, such as a significant river or mountainous region of the UK.

  11. Use specific geographical vocabulary and diagrams to explain the water cycle.

  12. Describe the water cycle using words or diagrams and explain the part played by evaporation and condensation.

  13. Describe altitudinal zonation on mountains.

  14. Describe how environments can change due to human and natural influences and the impact this can have on living things.

  15. Collect and analyse primary and secondary data, identifying and analysing patterns and suggesting reasons for them.


Children to present a tourist information advert for the Lake District.


The class will be reading BFG by Roald Dahl