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.
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.
Summer Term Geography – 2018
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.
Spring Term Geography 2018
This term Reception classes have been learning about people who help us. This is the foundation of Human Geography and is part of their EYFS Understanding the World area of learning. The children have had lots of visits from adults who have talked to them about their occupations, including the school cook and caretaker, a nurse, veterinary nurse, dental nurses, firemen, Tesco assistant, Bus driver and policeman. The children developed their knowledge of people and occupations that help others through their independent lines of enquiry in class and using role play activities to pretend to be doctors, nurses, midwives, opticians, vets and police people or fire fighters!
Reception classes have also been finding out about volcanos. Mrs Brown talked to the chidlren and explained what her son does during his research work on volcanoes. The children found this very interesting and were very engaged with this learning.
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, including Africa. They have learnt how a tornado works, and listened to a BBC weather forecaster telling them all about his job. Some children in Year 1 also celebrated Australia Day, with one pupil bringing in a flag and other Australian objects to show the class and talk about. The class listened carefully as he talked about his experiences when he lived in Australia. They year group have also learnt about places in our home county of Norfolk.
Year 2 have been learning about climates and habitats in different parts of the world, and as part of their Science which linked to Geography the children sorted animals according to their habitats. Year 2 have also started their work on Art Around the World, which includes finding out about different countries – including Australian Aborigine dream art – their culture and art.
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!
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 Geography 2018
Year 3 have been learning about Human Geography during their ‘Sow It, Grow It’ topic. The children thought about how land has been used over time, and used old maps to see changes over time in certain locations. The children also enjoyed meeting a visitor from the Norfolk Record Office, who surprised them by showing what Toftwood looked like before our Toftwood Infant or Junior schools were even built.
Year 4 have been using the atlases as they learn about the equator, hemispheres, tropics, latitude and longitude. They have enjoyed researching information about the climate and lifestyle of countries located close to the equator.
Year 5 have been learning about the Americas. They have investigated and researched physical features, human geography and climate as part of this work, and know that there are 50 states within the USA. Some of the children said that they especially enjoyed learning the song of the 50 states.
Autumn Term Geography 2017
Year 3 have been ‘Around the World’ this term. The children have enjoyed developing their map reading skills when using our new atlases and have been locating continents, countries and cities. The children also spent time discovering what it is like to live in Yorkshire, Sicily and New England.
Year 5 have been learning about Physical Geography this term, including information about deep rivers and high mountains. This was part of their ‘Earth and Space’ topic work. The children really enjoyed working in groups to build volcanoes out of card and natural materials to enhance this learning. The volcanoes erupted thanks to som bicarbonate of soda and vinegar.