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Y4 Term 3 The Water Cycle

How does water go round and round?


National curriculum content

Name and locate key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), understand how some of these aspects have changed over time. To describe and understand key aspects of rivers and the water cycle.

Lesson objectives

1. To locate the major UK and world seas and rivers. 

2. To locate key UK rivers and mountains. 

3. To identify different features along the course of the river. 

4. To describe the key aspects of the water cycle.  

5. To label the different stages of the water cycle.


What we want children to know


  • Name and locate the UK’s and the world’s most significant river environments
  • Describe river environments in the UK, and explain how the features are formed
  • Explain (some of) the processes associated with rivers
  • Explain the water cycle process using appropriate geographical language


 What skills we want children to develop


  • The ability to use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied
  • To be able to use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.



Condensation, erosion, evaporation, precipitation, channel, confluence, estuary, infiltration, river, percolation