Geography


In our school we encourage children to gain an awareness of the world around them and to think about the effect people have upon it. Geography is planned and delivered in Key Stage 1 in line with the National Curriculum and is integrated within topic teaching.  The progression of skills document ensures that skills are taught progressively, and opportunities are allowed for children to build on and embed their learning from reception to year 6. At key stage one, we find out what the children know about topics and then assess their learning at the end of the topic.

In Reception, children are given opportunities to develop their knowledge about the world through child centred and play led learning activities, including use of the outdoor environment.  In Key Stage 1 children learn about our world through an integrated topic approach.

As a school we use a range of resources to stimulate the children, including maps, photographs, DVDS, artefacts, books and the internet. We also believe in using people and their experiences as a resource. These experiences may include engaging in fieldwork – such as compass work and orienteering style activities, taking part in educational visits to the zoo, to the farm or to Holkham Hall, or having a visit from a TV weather reporter.

  • Geography Summer 2021

     

    Reception

    The Reception children created story maps for the story “Jack and the Beanstalk”.

    In Summer 2, Reception children found out about different continents, as part of the topic “Around the world”. When studying Europe, children looked at photographs of famous landmarks, were introduced to the countries in the UK, linked learning to the Euro 2020 football championships, and made flags.

    Work on Antarctica included finding out about the climate and animals that live there, exploring google Earth to see what it looked like, exploring ice in the water tray, finding out facts using non fiction books, and playing with small world animals of Antarctica.

    Year 1

    Year one studied the topic “Our planet and beyond” in Spring 2 and Summer 1. They talked about the features of earth, including trees, rivers, seas, sky and clouds. Work also included investigating space.

    Year 2

    Year two studied the topic “Art around the world” in Spring 2, and the first half of the Summer term. They continued to build on knowledge of Antarctica from year one, considering how the animals adapt to the climate, then packed a back pack for the journey. Sessions included finding out about Africa, Australasia, South and North America, and Egypt. Children completed a variety of activites, including listening to the sounds in the Amazon rainforest and drawing what they heard. Once the topic was complete, children recorded their learning, as shown below.

  • Geography Spring 2021

    EYFS

    As part of their topic on animals, the children have explored the animals living in a variety of environments including the seashore, farm and jungle. Activities included using the tuff tray and books.

    The children have used our outside area to find out about the plants and animals living in our locality. We talked about the birds living around us, during an online assembly linked to the RSPB Big Bird Watch.

    In Year 1 the children have been Weather Watchers and have been learning all about types of weather and climate in different parts of the world. They created their own weather forecast on a map of the UK. They have learnt how a tornado works and listened to a BBC weather forecaster telling them all about his job. Year one explored places using Google maps. The children used their prior learning about maps to create their own maps with a key and symbols.

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    Year two have been learning to locate places on globes and maps, progressing with their map work skills from year one. They have been naming and locating the world’s seven continents and the oceans. The children selected a country and found out additional information about it including key landmarks, weather and flags. They looked at, and discussed a selection of objects from around the world and matched these up to the correct continent on a map.

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  • Autumn 2020 Geography

    Reception

    Reception children have been very busy exploring their immediate environment, including talking about animals and plants in their outdoor area, which is known as ‘Ted’s Den’. They have also learnt about harvest.

    During child- initiated learning time, some children have found out about other countries. Other children made their own treasure maps, then used them to search for treasure in Ted’s Den.

    Year one

    Year one children studied a world map and discussed the continents. They then identified where we are on the map and where the Arctic and Antarctica are. This built on from our Science lessons where they had been learning about polar animals and the adaptations they have to survive in cold climates. As a class they discussed how we thought people survived in cold climates. The children thought about the clothing and shelter required to keep people safe. They focused on the Inuit people, their diet, modes of transport and hobbies. The children were intrigued and thought about the similarities and differences between their lifestyles and the lifestyles of the Inuit people. This lead to the children wanting to learn more about people who had been to the North and South Pole.

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    Year two

    Year two children have been locating significant landmarks in Norwich and comparing old and new landmarks. Work included using google maps.

  • Infant Geography Spring 2020

    Reception children have been learning about the people who help us in our community. They have had visits from the police, ambulance and the fire service. The firefighters gave us a challenge:

    1. Can you find the closest water hydrant to your house? Look for the yellow sign with a ‘H’ on it.

    2. Do you know your address? If someone from the emergency services asked you where you live, would you know what to tell them?

    3. Do you know where your smoke alarm is in your house? Does it work and when was the last time it was tested?

    In Year 1 the children have been Weather Watchers and have been learning all about types of weather and climate in different parts of the world. They created their own weather forecast on a map of the UK. They have learnt how a tornado works and listened to a BBC weather forecaster telling them all about his job. Year one explored places using Google maps. The children used their prior learning about maps to create their own maps with a key and symbols.

    Year two have been learning to locate places on globes and maps, progressing with their map work skills from year one. They have been naming and locating the world’s seven continents and the oceans. The children shared their knowledge of countries and found out additional information about specific countries, including Africa. They looked at and discussed a selection of objects from around the world and matched these up to the correct continent on a map.

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We support and encourage children to gain an awareness of the world around them and to think about the effect people have upon it. We aim to involve children in investigative and problem solving activities. We give them opportunities to ask questions and find out the answers through research.  As a school, we use a range of resources to stimulate the children, including maps, photographs, DVDS, artefacts, books and the internet. We also believe in using people and their experiences as a resource, for example Year 3 visit Banham Zoo, Year 4 travel to an outdoor geographical location and Year 5 are planning to visit the Broads as part of their local study in the Summer term. We ensure that children have opportunities to experience the subject in a variety of forms: – written, artistic, dramatic.  For example, Year 4 children explore the local area including the school grounds and Year 5 have had an afternoon of outdoor activities to learn the 16 points of the compass  In the past year, Goldcrest have worked with Year 6 on surviving outdoors by building dens and outdoor cooking using fire pits.  Road safety awareness is taught to Years 5 and 6 through Cycling Proficiency.

Children are assessed through observation, questioning, and recorded work as appropriate.

  • Geography Summer 1 2021

    Year 4:

    In Geography this term, we have gained an understanding of longitude and latitude and have been able to use co-ordinates to find a country and city on a map. We have also been researching an African country, finding out its human and physical features as well as interesting facts and presenting this on a PowerPoint presentation as part of our Computing sessions.

    Year 5:

    In year 5 we have been doing a local area study of the Norfolk Broads. We looked at where they are in England, and practised naming the counties in England. We then looked at the history of the Broads and how they were actually man-made by medieval peat diggers, before flooding when sea levels rose. Next we learnt how humans can also damage the Broads through eutrophication and even through tourism. Despite not being able to visit the Broads this year, the children still produced a lovely fact sheet to promote safe tourism.

  • Geography Spring Term 2021

    Year 6:

    Year 6 have enjoyed their Amazing Americas topic this term. They have really impressed us with their general knowledge about North and South America. The children have also worked hard to label the countries and use their research skills to find out interesting facts. We have looked at maps on a range of scales and thought about the different information that different types of maps can tell us.

    Year 5:

    The children have worked really hard at home to learn all about the continent of South America. They have learned about the physical and human features across the continent looking specifically at cities in Brazil, the Amazon Rainforest and the Amazon River. The children enjoyed planning a three-day trip to a Brazilian city of their choice where they thought carefully about where to visit and what they would need to pack. They also compared a city in the UK (Liverpool) with a city in Argentina (Buenos Aires) looking at buildings, climate, the position of the city, the closest ocean and population. They were then given the challenge to represent all of their findings in a Venn diagram. It’s been a busy half term!

    Year 4:

    Year 4 have been learning about physical and human features. We explored these geographical features around the U.K. and Italy. We have been identifying the key topographical features of mountains and mountain ranges. We have also researched how the five types of mountains were formed, creating labelled diagrams and locating different types of mountains on a map of Europe.

    Year 3:

    At the beginning of the Spring term, children in Year 3 investigated land use in both urban and rural areas. They looked at the physical and human geographical features of different regions of the UK and how different types of land are used for different things, including agriculture.

    We also looked at our local area and explored the areas of Toftwood and Dereham. We located our school and the surrounding human and physical features on a map.

  • Geography Autumn Term 2020

    Year 5:

    At the beginning of the Autumn term, the children in Year 5 enjoyed learning about earthquakes. They learned about tectonic plates as well as the Mercalli and Richter scales. They particularly enjoyed researching earthquakes which have occurred in South America and learning about how to prepare for an earthquake.

    Year 3:

    During the Autumn term, Year 3 learnt about the countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom. The children enjoyed locating Norwich on the map and comparing the human and physical features of the city with Birmingham. They also looked and Spain and thought about the similarities and differences between Spain and the UK.