Class 3

Holiday Show

Key Learning Goals - Geography:

3.14 Be able to collect and record evidence to answer geographical questions

3.15 Be able to identify geographical patterns and to use their knowledge and understanding to explain them

3.16 Be able to use appropriate geographical vocabulary to describe and interpret their surroundings

3.18 Be able to use appropriate techniques to gather information

3.19 Be able to make plans and maps in a variety of scales using symbols and keys

3.20 Be able to use and interpret globes and maps in a variety of scales

3.23 Be able to explain how places are linked through movement of goods and people

3.24 Be able to communicate their knowledge and understanding of geography in a variety of ways

Key Learning Goals - History:

3.10 Be able to find out about aspects of the past from a range of sources

3.11 Be able to describe and identify reasons for and results of historical events, situations, and changes in the periods they have studied

3.17 Be able to place the events, people and changes in the periods they have studied into a chronological framework

The big idea

We will be finding out about our responsibilities as tourists, and the impact that our choice of holiday and travel destination can have on the human and physical environment.


In Geography we’ll be finding out:


In History, we’ll be finding out:


In Technology, we’ll be finding out:


In Music, we’ll be finding out:


In International, we’ll be finding out:

Continents of the World

How long does it take to travel around the world? Make the trek in just a couple of minutes in this BrainPOP movie, as Tim and Moby take you on a world tour of the continents! In the movie, you’ll discover what it means to be a continent and why not everyone agrees on how many there are. You’ll also learn about some of the countries that can be found on each continent, along with some fun facts about the various continents—like which one has no permanent population, which only has one country on it, and which contains most of the world’s population! 

Geography Themes

In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby introduce you to various ways of talking about geography! You’ll discover the meaning of this term and think about some of the ways in which location, place, region, movement, and environment interact to produce unique geography. You’ll also find out how understanding the geography of a place can teach you about its culture and history, and why the movement of people around the world can impact the characteristics of the globe.

Latitude & Longitude

You’ll discover why these two measures involve invisible lines, as well as how the lines work. You’ll also find out how to pinpoint your location on the earth using a special grid, what the Prime Meridian is, why it runs through a town in England, and where 0 degree latitude lies. Plus, figure out how to keep latitude and longitude straight once and for all.

Map Skills

Get a head-start in the right direction with Tim and Moby as they teach you about maps and how to read them! In this BrainPOP movie, you’ll learn about a few different kinds of maps, including one that shows both natural features; one that can change as wars are fought and governments alter; and another that might show up in your history textbook. You’ll also discover what all maps have in common, as well as some of the features you can expect to encounter while map-reading. 

Seven Wonders

How could gardens grow in the middle of the desert? Find out in this BrainPOP movie, as Tim and Moby introduce you to the seven wonders of the ancient world! You’ll discover when and where each of the seven monuments was built, and how some of them may have been constructed. Find out which was built as a tomb for someone’s wife; which collapsed during an earthquake; which was the first lighthouse ever built; which is still standing; and which was the tallest building in the world until the 19th century. Finally, you’ll discover who created the first list of wonders and why some structures were left off. What will future civilizations remember about us?

Mount Everest

Got your oxygen mask handy? You’ll need it on your trip to the tippy-top of Mount Everest! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby take you on a journey to the highest mountain in the world. You’ll learn just how high it is as you explore the history of the peak, including how and when it formed and why it continues to grow even today. You’ll also find out why no one dared to climb the mountain until the 20th century. Discover who were the first to make it to the top, and how many people have reached the summit since then — as well as how many people have died trying. 


After finding out just how much of the planet is covered in water, you’ll learn all about our world ocean. Figure out once and for all what the difference is between seas and ocean — or at least what oceanographers think about it. Find out what makes an inland sea and learn how the ocean can affect the temperature of the land. You’ll also learn about the five great oceans, as well as smaller oceans and a bit of the history of ocean-naming. 

Railroad History

For more than a century, if you wanted to send goods from one state to another, or visit distant friends and relatives, the railroad was pretty much your only option. In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby explain how railways spanned continents, spurred commerce, enabled the settlement of the American West, and even helped the North win the Civil War! You’ll discover how the steam engine--one of the key developments of the Industrial Revolution--led to the design of the first locomotives, and why early British and American railroads proved to be extremely profitable. You’ll find out how an invention called the Bessemer process made building rail lines cheaper and easier, and why the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869 led to the end of the “wild frontier.” Finally, you’ll hear how the automobile and interstate highway system led to the decline of the railroad, and how state-of-the-art high-speed trains are helping to bring it back! 


If you like knights in shining armor, kings, queens, lords, ladies, and plagues, BrainPOP’s got a topic you’ll love! In this movie on feudalism, Tim and Moby explain the system of promises and obligations that kept European society stable during the Middle Ages. Discover how the mighty Roman Empire broke apart into small, independent kingdoms, and how rulers kept their territories strong by giving land to people who pledged to support and protect them. Learn about the privileges granted to rich medieval lords, as well as the hardships faced by poor serfs, who performed backbreaking labor for very little reward. Finally, find out how the Black Death helped end the feudal system, and how Europe took its first tentative steps toward modernity. Some 90 percent of the medieval population was completely uneducated--but you don’t have to follow in their footsteps.


In this BrainPOP movie on the most famous shipwreck in history, learn exactly how big this behemoth of a ship was, and how an iceberg was able to bring it down. You’ll see how Titanic was a product of its period, a high point of faith in technology and scientific progress. You’ll discover why a ship this large was built in the first place, and hear about some of the amenities that made it the floating equivalent of a four-star hotel. Finally, you’ll hear about the major changes to maritime safety made after the Titanic went down. It's the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's maiden voyage!  

Silk Road

Tim and Moby are about to take you on a 6,000-kilometer journey, from Europe to China, along the route of the Silk Road! In this animated movie, you’ll learn about the origins of this historic trading route, beginning with Alexander the Great’s conquests in the Near East, and the western expansion of China’s Han Dynasty. Follow ancient caravans across treacherous mountain passes and parched deserts, as they try to steer clear of ruthless bandits. Discover the cargo that was transported down the road, from precious metals like gold, to other valuable items like silk and spices. You’ll also learn how various overland and maritime routes tied together the great civilizations of the ancient world, and helped usher them into the modern era.

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Maps & Mapping

Learn how to make and interpret different kinds of maps, and then apply these skills to real landscapes.

Investigating Rivers

Aerial footage of the River Usk in Wales provides an opportunity to explore a river system, and examine its effects on the landscape and people who live near it.

Interactive natural disasters map

Find out about the effects of earthquakes, volcanoes, coastal erosion, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, and learn the locations of countries affected by these events.


Learn about life in Chile, St Lucia, Scotland, Sudan, Madagascar, India, and Australia and discover interesting facts about these places.


A virtual tour of the world's major mountain ranges. Use high-quality footage and an interactive map to observe individual peaks, learn how mountains are created and identify typical features.

See more relevant resources on Discovery Education

Tourism Australia has an excellent site, with a detailed section on their marketing. As well as access to their different campaigns, there is also an explanation of their brand message and how they approach a target audience.

Discover Ireland is the official promotional site of Tourism Ireland. It features the ‘Go where Ireland takes you…’ campaign and has links to images, videos and contact details for brochures.

Tourism China provides news and updates on its latest promotional campaigns. Contact details are provided to order brochures and other support materials.

Greenstar World Heritage Music features a selection of free music downloads, recorded live using solar power, in traditional villages around the world.

Asza is a website dedicated to world music. Its image gallery provides information on hundreds of different types of instrument from around the world.

World Musical Instruments is a shopping site, but also provides an excellent learning resource. Each category of music is clearly labelled, with images and background information on different instruments and traditional music techniques.

Tourism Concern campaigns for a number of countries impacted by global tourism.

Global Education provides a wealth of activities and resources on global issues.

YouTube video featuring street musicians from Kenya.

YouTube hosts this stunning demonstration of traditional Japanese Taiko drumming.

YouTube clip featuring music by Deep Forest – an example of a modern band who mix traditional world music with electronic sounds and dance beats.