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. We aim to involve children in investigative and problem solving activities involving their environment. We give children opportunities to ask questions and find out the answers. 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 1 visit the farm during their ‘Food and Farming’ topic, Reception visit High Lodge, and Year 2 visit Norwich castle and West Runton.
We ensure that children have opportunities to experience the subject in a variety of forms that are appropriate to their level of development. This includes activities that are written, artistic, dramatic, and which are actively linked to outdoor learning. For example, Nursery and Reception children explore the immediate school environment, Year 1 children visit a church in Dereham, and Year 2 children walk around and investigate the wider local area. Road safety awareness is also taught throughout the school.
Summer 2 – Family Learning Week
We had a great Geography and Outdoor Learning week!
A variety of activities were planned for the children focusing on exploring the school and the local area. The outdoor areas of the school were very well used with learning opportunities taking place in Ted’s Den, the gardens, play areas and the pond area.
The children were very enthusiastic about following our trails and treasure hunts, and particularly loved finding all the little doors of the visiting woodland fairies and guessing their names!
Our after school family learning activity was very well attended with children finding their way to different activities using compass directions. They were able to work with family members and teachers to design and measure nests, make natural wind mobiles, use clay, make dream catchers, and visit the pond to investigate the wildlife. They were even able to use Google Earth in the computer room to find their own homes and addresses.
There were also lots of brilliant entries to our postcard competition! Children designed postcards that showed somewhere they had visited in the local area with a reason why it was a good place to visit. Many children opted to post their card to their teacher at school, thus helping them understand the importance of an address and postcode. The postman had plenty of deliveries to make, and was pleased that the postcards had been clearly addressed. Year One also learnt a great deal from a Postwoman who came in to visit them and talk about her job. (See Year 1 website page).
Spring 2 2017
This term Year 1 have been exploring globes, maps and atlases to help them find out about countries and continents.
As part of their Weather Experts topic they have been learning about weather in our country, and about hot and cold parts of the world. They learned about points of the compass with a visit from Goldcrest, and about setting up a weather station. They created and recorded their own weather reports in Literacy, and had a visit from a TV weatherman!
Autumn 1 2016
Reception children have been learning about their local area as part of their Understanding the World area of the curriculum. Here they are exploring Google Earth and looking to see if they can recognise familiar places. They enjoyed looking for places they had visited and talking about them to their friends. They also explored the area near the school and found their own houses. As part of their home learning, we also enjoyed seeing on Tapestry the places they had found on google earth, such as where their grandparents lived in other parts of the country.
Year 1 visited the farm at Easton College. They were taken on a farm tour and were taught to observe the surroundings, and use key geographical vocabulary (hill, river, soil, woods) and notice human features (farm, field, barn, road, path, track). They learnt about the season and the weather, and talked about where our food comes from.
Discovering oil seed rape seeds.
Exploring the milking parlour with the farm guide.