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.
This term Nursery shared the story ‘Blown Away’ by Rob Biddulph. The story involved a penguin who got blown away on a kite to a jungle. The children talked about the wind and made their own kites to fly. They also explored the differences between the penguin’s home and the jungle, through a variety of activities.
Reception have been learning about Toftwood and Dereham. They went on a bus ride and located familiar places including Planet Zoom, the train station and Roys.
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 have learnt how a tornado works and listened to a BBC weather forecaster telling them all about his job.
Goldcrest visited year one and worked on their orienteering skills within the school grounds.
Year one explored places using Google maps. They also created their own maps.
Year two have been learning to locate places on globes and maps and try to find out additional information about specific countries. They have also been naming the continents. One activity involved deciding where ‘world objects’ came from and locating them on a world map.
Children in the EYFS have been exploring the changes to the leaves on the trees in our locality.
They have been finding out about fruits and vegetables and how they grow, as part of our work on harvest.
They have been exploring occupations and ways of life in our community, in play situations.
They have also been finding out about animals in the environment.
Key Stage 1
Year two have been locating castles in the United Kingdom and finding out facts about them. They used the beebot on a map of the United Kingdom and discussed the countries and our location.
In Nursery the children have been developing their knowledge of the world by taking part in the Family Learning enrichment week about Norfolk. They found out about and tasted some of the food grown in Norfolk, including strawberry jam, honey, popcorn and crisps.
They also visited Church Farm, Stow Bardolph, and learned about a farm and all the animals that live in the different areas.
Reception went to Banham Zoo for their educational visit this term, and had an interesting day reading the signs, finding their way around, and visiting the zoo animals in their different environments.
The day after their visit to Banham Zoo, one child found some zoo maps in the making boxes and decided to design his own map. He explained his drawing to an adult in class and then he labelled it so everyone knew what was on his map.
Year 1 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.
Year 2 have also been learning about a distant place. They have been corresponding with some children in Hong Kong and finding out what it is like to be at school there. The schools are very big and sometimes they have to have playtime indoors because there are monkeys on the playground! They have been writing back to the children there to explain what a British school is like, and thinking about the differences between the two places.
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.
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.
Autumn Term 2018
As part of their study on Ancient Greece, the children in Year 6 looked at atlases of Europe and located 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.
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.
As part of their study of the Roman era, the children in Year 4 used atlases and maps to identify Italy and its capital, Rome. They also mapped the expansion of the Roman Empire from 800BC to 117AD.
In Year 3, the children consolidated their prior learning about the continents of the world using atlases. They then located the countries that make up the UK and their capital cities using maps. Whilst studying Ancient Egypt, the children identified the main landmarks and geographical features of this country.