The curriculum is creative, coherent and progressive. We aim to deepen children’s knowledge and understanding of key areas that are linked with both the National Curriculum and relevant to our children’s lives now and going forward.
Geography around School 2018/2019
EYFS – The Local Area
The children went on a walk to the local Flower Park, looking at features of the local area. They worked out that they could find out if a house had an upstairs by looking at the windows! They made their own maps with symbols to show all the things they noticed on their walk. The children have spent a lot of time outdoors exploring and using their imaginations, whilst working on their strength, confidence and coordination.
Key Stage 1 – Our Local Area
Key Stage 1 have learnt all about ‘Our Local Area’ and have been exploring the question ‘What is the Geography of Where I Live Like?’. To help them to answer this question, they looked at maps of Clifton using Google Earth. They identified the similarities and differences between Clifton in the past and present and discussed the changes that had occurred in Clifton during their lifetimes. They also went on a trip to Glapton Woods to explore Clifton further.
Lower Key Stage 2 – How and why is my local area changing?
During this topic, Lower Key Stage 2 looked at why places change and studied examples of changes due to natural disasters or regeneration of derelict areas. They used satellite images to observe changes to the school site from 1999 to present day and discussed why these changes had happened. They found that increasing numbers in our school and the need to play safely had produced key changes. They then looked at changes to the area around school and began discussing land use.
Lower Key Stage 2 – Why are jungles so wet and deserts so dry?
Lower Key Stage 2 have learnt about Rainforests and Deserts. They considered how different places around the world have different climates and how this effects the wildlife that live there. They have explored different levels of rainfall around the world and understood that some countries will be very dry and others very wet. They had some very special visitors that showed them animals from around the world, including some from rainforests and deserts!
Upper Key Stage 2 – How do volcanoes affect the lives of people on Hiemaey?
The Year 5 children have been learning all about volcanoes and they have explored the question ‘How do volcanoes affect the lives of people on Hiemaey?’. They have learnt all about Iceland and the distribution of volcanoes around the world. The enquiry supported them to understand some of the key physical processes that shape the Earth, and to also recognise and evaluate the interaction of people with these physical processes. They have been able to appreciate how environments can change over time and how this might bring advantages and challenges to the people who live or work in this environment.
Upper Key Stage 2 – What is a River?
The Year 5 children learnt all about the features and processes of rivers. They learnt that rivers change over their course from source to mouth and develop distinctive physical features as they do so by altering the environment through erosion and deposition. They explored estuaries as important ecosystems and habitats for a wide range of living things. They also looked at the many ways in which humans interact with rivers and exploit them economically as a resource, especially as ports for trade.
As part of this topic, the children visited the Belvoir Castle Cricket Club. They learnt about the wildlife at Belvoir and observed fishing on the Belvoir lake. They identified the fish swimming in the lake and the other micro-organisms and birds that lived there.