Teaching the Explore

What is an island? Recap

Ask pupils to recap on what an island is by filling in the missing words using the word bank. The correct answers are on the next slide.

Compare and contrast

Pupils will compare the UK with different islands of the world, using some of the ones that were explored in Explore 4 (Tourism), such as Japan and the Maldives.

Firstly, define ‘compare’ and ‘contrast’ with pupils.

Reintroduce the islands. Go through the slides comparing the islands with the UK and discussing the similarities and differences with the class.

  • Where on a world map are they positioned?
  • Where are they in relation to the equator?
  • Challenge: How does their position affect the weather on these islands?

Main task

Using a variety of resources, such as books, atlases and the internet, pupils research the UK to identify key aspects of daily life. The areas they should explore are:

  • Food and diet
  • Work
  • Transport
  • Education
  • Climate
  • Impact on daily life

The following website is a good starting point.

Pupils then fill in the UK part of the comparison grid using the worksheet. Pupils then think about how the areas they have researched impact on daily life in the UK.

Pupils to refer to the WAGOLL (What a good one looks like) slide.

Pupils now move on to research each of the other three islands and compare the same aspects of daily life. Complete the comparison grid in the worksheet.

The following websites are a good starting point.

Teacher note:

Islands often have more unique cultures because of more limited cross-border influences. Many of the elements of their cultures are not seen in other parts of the world. This will be explored more with a focus on music later in the theme.

Assess, reflect, connect

Assess the pupils understanding by asking them to produce a video explaining two similarities and two differences between the UK and one other island. They should refer to one of the following islands in the video.

  • Japan
  • Baffin Island
  • The Maldives