Geography at Sea View
The purpose of study
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
- The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
- understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
In the Early Years Foundation stage at Sea View the children begin to develop their geographical knowledge by exploring features of our school and nursery. Maps and atlases are used to investigate different places as we begin to compare and contrast different environments. Children have rich opportunities to make use of school grounds to enhance and apply their skills as geographers. Throughout the year, children observe and discuss the weather and seasonal changes. Children also learn about the different jobs which people do in our community
We had a special visitor from NUSTEM to help us discover more about the weather and seasons. We shared the story, ‘the Little Cloud’, and talked about different types of weather. Following the story we made our own wind socks to put in our outside environment, windmills and sun catchers.
We had a great time learning about the season of Autumn. We talked about the different things we might see during Autumn. We then went for an Autumn walk around the school grounds to find signs of Autumn. We collected Autumn leaves, acorns and berries to make an Autumn display in our classroom.
We have been learning to draw a map for the story Jack and the Beanstalk and sequence a story map of events .
We have been learning about the United Kingdom and the local area in which we live.
We explored the terms human and physical features
We have been learning about our local area this term. We have learned about the human and physical features of our town, as well as using map skills to locate the important features.
We visited lots of the important features during our coastal walk! We had so much fun exploring our local area.
Temperate vs Tropical!
We have loved our topic exploring the rainforest of Brazil this year. As part of the topic, we explored the similarities and differences between temperate rainforests and tropical rainforests.
During Spring term in Year 4 we have been looking at the causes, locations and the effects of different natural disasters including: hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes and tsunamis. We have been locating different countries using an atlas and exploring the physical features of the landscape. We learned about the different layers that make up the Earth and how these often cause or impact natural disasters.
As Geography Explorers we have enjoyed investigating mountains, rivers and our coast.
Through our topic we have climbed the dizzy heights of mountains around the world, created a guide for climbing Everest, created contour models, took a digi-map tour of the River Tyne and explored the different features of coasts.
Mountains Around the World
Comparing People and Places
As part of Comparing People and Places topic, we explored the glorious Grand Canyon. We researched interesting facts about the Grand Canyon and how it was formed, created a poster about a chosen animal from the desert scrub biome as well as investigating the various tribes.
Researching the Grand Canyon
Researching and identifying species that live in the Desert Scrub Biome
Meet the Tribes of the Grand Canyon