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This weekend Harry from Year 4 has been helping to make the environment a better place and wrote a report...
On Saturday 16th October my dad, a family friend and I together with a small group volunteered to help improve the environment by litter picking along Derwent water in Keswick.
This was done with the help of Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft. This was no ordinary canoeing as we were helping to save the environment. At the start we were given gloves and a bin bag to pick up rubbish. As we were on the lake we passed Beatrix Potters house. As a reward we were treated with hot chocolate, coffees, biscuits and fruit.
We even managed to feature on the BBC north east news.
I thoroughly enjoyed participating in this event and understood the importance of looking after the environment. I learnt how picking up rubbish saves the environment and won't harm as many animals. My dad, our friend and I also learnt the importance of team work as we had to row at the same time to make canoeing easier for us.
Unfortunately, swimming will be cancelled on Tuesday 19th October, so children will stay in school. Hopefully the problems will be resolved after half term.
For the past two weeks we have been learning about Italy in our Geography unit. To begin the unit, we explored the physical geography of the country and the children wrote down everything that they knew about Italy. The children could tell us the names of some cities, some famous mountains, lakes and rivers.
We then explored weather patterns between Durham and Rome. We found that there were some similarities and differences between the two.
The children then moved on to earning about the structure of the earth and the five layers; why don't you ask them what they are?
Following this we focused on the landscape feature: the volcano. The children have been really excited to learn about this as they have been learning about Mount Vesuvius as part of their English unit too.
The children were able to describe the structure of a volcano using key vocabulary and they could explain how people have been affected by volcanic eruptions.
To end the unit we have been thinking about how to promote sustainable tourism in Italy. This links to the Sustainable Development Goals (8) in which targets have been set to create a better future for the world.
Ask me about my sticky knowledge:
1) Europe has 44 countries and is in the northern hemisphere.
2) Europe has a temperate weather pattern.
3) Italy has 3 active volcanoes - Mount Etna, Stromboli and Vesuvius.
4) A volcano is a mountain or a hill with an opening, which lava, volcanic ash or gases escape from.
5) Italy is a tourist hotspot due to its history.