Geography KS1/KS2: The United Kingdom

This video gives pupils the opportunity to explore the four different countries that make up the United Kingdom.

It identifies the capital, the flag and a key human and physical feature of each country.

Teacher Notes

This video explores the countries that make up the United Kingdom and identifies a key human and physical feature of each one.

It also shares the flags of the countries that make up the United Kingdom.

How to use this video:
This video is an ideal tool to teach pupils what human and physical features are in geography and to identify these in the context of the United Kingdom.

It will help pupils to understand that the United Kingdom is made up of four countries and that each of these countries has its own significant human and physical features.

Being map based, the video will also help pupils to understand the shape of the country and how the countries fit together.

Points for discussion:
· What are the four countries of the United Kingdom?
· What are the capital cities of each country ?
· What is a human feature in geography?
· What is a physical feature in geography?
· Can pupils describe the human and physical features of a place they know well?

Suggested activities:
After watching the video, pupils could explore what human and physical features are in geography and think about other significant human and physical features they know of.

Pupils could play a matching game to consolidate learning about the countries of the United Kingdom and their flags.

Pupils could use a base map to develop their knowledge of coordinates, using directional vocabulary to specify location and transferring what they have learnt in the video to paper maps.

Pupils could use other types of maps to explore the United Kingdom and its geography to look for similarities and differences in how the maps display geographical features.

Curriculum Notes

Suitable for teaching Geography at: KS1 and KS2 in England and Wales, Early and 1st and 2nd level in Scotland and Foundation and KS1 in Northern Ireland.

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