Geography KS1: Mountains and electricity

William Whiskerson travels to the Scottish Highlands to meet his friend Euan.

They travel to the top of a mountain called Ben Cruachan and learn about the plants and animals that live there.

The explorers then visit a power station deep inside the mountain and see how the rainwater that flows down the mountainside is collected in a dam and turned into electricity.

Teacher Notes

Before viewing the clip, help the pupils locate the Scottish Highlands on a map of the UK.

Are any mountains marked on the map? View the clip to find out more about mountains.

Pupils could pause the clip from time to time to sketch the landscape.

Ask them to look closely at the mountains: "are they covered in snow from top to bottom? Do plants and trees grow all the way up the mountain?"

After viewing the clip, pupils could gather images of mountains from books, magazines and the web.

Pupils could make model mountains, using scrunched-up kitchen foil as a base and covering it with paste and paper.

They could then paint their models and add stick twigs and other materials to them to show a tree line, small plants, bare rock and a snowy peak.

Pupils could group their models into an entire mountain range.

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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