Geography KS1 / KS2: Life on the Isles of Scilly

William Whiskerson travels to the Isles of Scilly, a group of islands lying off the Cornish peninsula of Great Britain.

He meets Zoe and Isaac, whose family run a holiday cottage business on the Island of Bryher.

They visit key local landmarks, discover Bryher's wildlife and see how goods and people are transported to and from the island.

William then visits the children's school, journeying by boat to the neighbouring island of Tresco.

He is surprised to discover that the school only has twelve pupils and two classes.

This clip is from the series William Whiskerson.

Teacher Notes

After viewing the clip, encourage pupils to spot as many islands as they can on a map of the British Isles.

Can the children find the Scilly Isles? Pupils could go on to draw and paint pictures of the Scilly Isles, using freeze-frames from the clip as a source.

They could include sketches of their favourite Scilly Isles animals, too.

Ask: "Why do you think only five of the 150 Isles of Scilly have people living on them?"

Collect pupils' suggestions and guide them to consider what you would need to live happily on an island - things such as a good water supply, farmland, shelter, and a suitable place to make a harbour, or land a plane or helicopter.

Challenge the children to draw maps of their own imaginary islands.

They should include on their maps everything they think people would need to live happily.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography.

This topic appears in KS1/KS2 in England and Northern Ireland, Knowledge and Understanding of the World Foundation Phase in Wales and Early/1st/2nd levels in Scotland.

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