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.
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.
Reception children have been very busy exploring their immediate environment, including talking about animals and plant in the locality. They have also learnt about the seasons and harvest.
Year one children have been finding out where animals come from; part of this work involved visiting Banham Zoo.
Year two have been locating significant landmarks in Norwich and comparing old and new landmarks. Work included using google maps and linked to visiting Norwich Cathedral.
In Nursery the children have been developing their knowledge and understanding of the world by visiting Church Farm, Stow Bardolph. They learnt about a farm and the animals that live there. They talked about their journey and the time it took to get there.
During independent learning time, some children created their own maps of special places. One child made a treasure map which included x marks the spot, lollipop trees, mountains covered in chocolate and a pond full of mermaids!
A nursery child talked about family living in New Zealand, which they knew was a long way away. They looked for New Zealand and the UK on the globe with a member of staff and discussed climate and the animals living there. They also talked about penguins living in Antarctica ‘down the bottom!’
Year one visited Holkham Hall and explored a completely new environment! They looked at the Field to Fork exhibition and learnt about farming through time in Norfolk. They saw lots of different products that are made from crops that are grown at Holkham. The children also learnt about the park and the deer that live there.
Year 2 have been learning to use their Geography skills by taking part in fieldwork in the school grounds. They have been using simple compass directions and locational and directional language to describe the location of features on a map.
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.
In Year 3, the children consolidated their prior learning about the continents of the world using their atlas skills. They then located the countries that make up the UK and their capital cities using maps and looked at identifying key features of a locality using a map where relevant.
Year three also compared a region in the UK to a region in Europe using geographical language. Whilst studying Ancient Egypt, the children identified the main landmarks and geographical features of this country using a map.
As part of their study of the Roman era, the children in Year 4 used atlases, maps and globes to identify Italy and its capital, Rome. They also mapped the expansion of the Roman Empire from 800BC to 117AD and had to accurately research and collect information using their skills of geographical enquiry. . They planned a journey using their geographical skills.
In Year 5 the children discovered where the Vikings came from using maps and atlases. They also looked a range of geographical features around the world such as Earthquakes and the geographical features of these. They thought of their own questions about Earthquakes and volcanoes and they used their research skills to find the answers.
As part of their study on Ancient Greece, the children in Year 6 used their atlas skills to locate places in Europe including Greece and its capital, Athens on a map. Using maps and satellite images, they also identified the countries Alexander the Great conquered and the trade routes in Ancient Greece. They looked at using maps and other resources to describe what a locality might be like.
On the 18th June 2019, Year 4 participated in an excellent outdoor learning experience courtesy of Goldcrest Outdoor Education Centre. Linked to their learning about habitats and food chains, the children participated in an orienteering activity based around the school ground. On the day, they also learnt about how to read a satellite map and use a compass to navigate. Rounding off the day, the children played a fun and exciting game entitled ‘Hawks and Blackbirds’ which was based on understanding food chains, predators and preys. The children had a fantastic time learning outside and the weather even blessed us with some sunshine! Inside the classroom, pupils examined and identified common Ordanance Survey symbols and plotted some of these on a grid.
Spring Term 2019
Year 6 have been looking at land use in the UK, comparing how it is used in Norfolk with the rest of the UK. The children also used their debating and reasoning skills in a discussion about a proposed high-speed railway being built in Norfolk and the potential implications that it would have for the local economy and the land.
Most recently, the children have been examining trading links, specifically how Britain trades with other countries. The children then consolidated their learning when they looked at Britain’s fair trade links with El Salvador. As part of this cross curricular study, the pupils also read poems about fair trade in their whole class reading sessions.
As part of Year 5’s topic about South America, the children spent a day immersing themselves in the cultures and traditions of some of the countries that make up the large continent. Whilst studying Brazil, the children learned all about carnival and recreated their own version of the spectacular event. Looking at Columbia, pupils discovered the lost city of El Dorado, an old Columbian city and found out about chocolate production in the country. Finding about Peru involved exploring journeys and recreating Aztec style weaving using wool and sticks.
As part of their topic on Europe, the children in Year 4 located European countries on a map and some were able to find key capital cities. They then identified human and physical characteristics in Italy using their computing and research skills to be able to compare these with ones in the UK. Moving onto their study of mountains, the children drew and labelled the features of these using key geographical vocabulary. Exploring how mountains are formed, children took part in a carousel of practical activities to enable to understand the 5 different types. To collaborate with their learning in Science about circuits and construction in design technology, the children finished their geography topic by creating a game based on identifying key mountains and mountain ranges in Europe.
As part of their look at land use in the UK, the children in Year 3 identified the differences between urban and rural areas and how different land is used for different types of farming.