Geography in Year 3 - What on Earth is a Biome?

Date: 30th Apr 2021 @ 8:37am

Geography in Year 3

What on Earth is a Biome?

Last term, we looked at some features of the world. We learned about the Equator, The Tropics, the Arctic and Antarctic Circles and discovered that the world is divided into hemispheres.  We also recognised oceans and continents and were able to define them.

This term, we have studied biomes.  This links in very nicely to the previous topic and the children have been making some very inciteful links to other areas of the curriculum too such as Science (carnivores in the Polar Biome) and History (Ancient Egypt and the Desert Biome).

A biome is a large area of land or water with a similar collection of plants and animals.  These places a share similar climate too.  Some of the main biomes are polar (ice), tundra, temperate forest, tropical rainforest, desert and marine (seas and oceans).We live in a temperate forest biome.  Temperate means mild climate.                  

We have recognised the main reasons for the Polar biomes being so cold and know a desert is a biome with very little rainfall. Antarctica (cold), Atacama (coastal) and The Sahara (hot) are all deserts.

We also learned the difference between a desert and a dessert.  A dessert is a sweet pudding, served hot or cold, and does not tend to go well with sand, cacti or rattlesnakes. 

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