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Y3 Term 4 American Road Trip

National curriculum content

Focus on North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities. Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of a region.


Lesson objectives

  1. Hook: identify landmarks in North and South America and try different foods
  2. Locate cities in North America
  3. Locate and recall facts about South American cities
  4. Compare South American and North American cities
  5. Persuade someone to go to North or South America on holiday


What we want children to know

  • The location of North and South America
  • The eight points of a compass
  • North and South American cities
  • North and South American regions
  • The similarities and differences between North and South America
  • The difference between a continent, country and city


What skills we want children to develop

  • Their locational and place knowledge of the world
  • Increase their knowledge of the eight points of a compass
  • Use geographical characteristics of different regions to persuade people
  • Using a map, globe and atlas to locate different cities and regions



Amazon basin, Amazon river, compass points, continent, latitude, longitude, mountain, mountain range, physical feature, river, Rockies, slum, source, tributary, village