Geography - Instilling a sense of place
What the lesson is about
This collection focuses on Katie Morag, the key character in Mairi Hedderwick's books set on the fictional Isle of Struay. These resources not only focus on the narrative of the books themselves, but also look at topics such as living on an island, travel, and the world around us.
One of the key topics that the Katie Morag books throw up is living on an island. Clowntriggerfish has uploaded a colourful PowerPoint resource on this, which would accompany the key stage 2 (upper primary) geography unit "An island home". For further activities on islands, JMMoore has provided an extensive plan that looks at the topic across the curriculum.
How to use it
There is a map of the fictional island of Struay (ejbriggs). Pupils must identify the main features and places of interest as well as writing simple directions using compass points and landmarks. LIFEoutreach has supplied a series of resources on the books, such as a puzzle where pupils have to find the right trail to help Katie deliver the mail. It also includes a link to the teachers' notes from publisher Random House.
Taking it further
Literacy resources include Katie Morag flashcards (kayak13), an activity called "Guess the Katie Morag story" (clowntriggerfish) and a book review template based around the various stories (indigo987).
Finally, there are links to the original schemes of work for geography which include the topics "Where is Struay?", "Who lives on Struay?" and a lesson where children express what they like and dislike about a place.
Where to find it