Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
Geographical skills are taught progressively from the Foundation to Year 6. Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them. It explores the relationship between Earth and its people.
At Stanford School, children study their local area and contrasting localities in the UK and other parts of the world. They are encouraged to enquire and question, learning through experience as they explore their own environment, beginning at school and expanding further afield as they get older. We value fieldwork as an integral part of the curriculum.
A concern for the environment is fostered through outdoor learning, as well as whole school events such as Walk to School Week. The implications of human action on habitats, both animal and human, are considered through many of our topics and cross-curricular links are made with other subjects such as Science, Maths and Literacy.
Today the children became travel agents. They used their knowledge of Egypt to highlight on a map places of interest then they planned a route for the tourists to follow so they could see all the exciting things Egypt has to offer. After this some children made posters to advertise their tours and travel guides that the tourists could take with them giving them helpful information about the weather, what to pack and what they could see on their travels.
In Star Anise we have been learning about rivers - focusing on how they are formed, why they are important, how materials are transported, deposited and eroded, the causes and effects of pollution and we will also be choosing a river to create a case study about. This cross curricular project is also enhancing our online research and multimedia skills. We are selecting key pieces of information, pictures and even producing videos, then presenting using Microsoft PowerPoint. Although we have only just begun this project, we already have some fabulous information and are really enjoying creating our engaging, attractive and informative presentations!
In Year 1, we have to learn all about our world. We have enjoyed exploring globes, maps and atlases.
Watch these videos and see if you can name all the continents and the oceans of the world too.
As we are learning about Egypt we thought we would find where it is. We have a lovely world map in our corridor so we thought we would look for it there. We looked at the different continents and found out that it was in Africa on the northern coast. Azem was surprised to see that it is next to Libya!
We then looked in atlases to find out additional information about the country.
'We were excited to get out into the fresh air on our field trip to Laceby Beck yesterday. We were specifically looking for river features as part of our Geography learning.'
Jorja said: "I enjoyed the experience of learning about rivers."
Brandon commented: "I loved finding out all about river features and it was good to get out into the fresh air for the morning!"
In Juniper Class we have been using atlases and maps of The UK and The World to locate different countries, oceans, seas and counties. We enjoyed using these resources and finding out about all of the different pieces of information you can find on different types of maps.
William H says, "I liked using the big World map to find out names of different places and I even noticed a scale to show how big countries are."
Jacob M says, "I found out about longitude and latitude. I already knew about The Equator and I told the rest of the class.
As part of our topic on North America, Barley Class researched, located and used an atlas to name and find all 23 countries in America. We then each research a country and produced their flag with key facts that are displayed in our classroom. How many countries can you name in North America?
' I really enjoyed matching the clues to the country' (Y6 Pupil)
' Did you know less than 5% of the population in Cuba have Wi-Fi?' (Y6 Pupil)
We enjoyed dressing up in the colours of the Italian flag for our International Day. We had fun learning all about Italy, finding out interesting facts, making flags and learning to speak Italian. Mrs Warton helped us prepare the ingredients for our pasta dish. We located places on maps and shared our information with everyone in assembly. At the end of the day, we shared our work with our parents too!
Today in Seedlings Class we visited Spain as part of our whole school Geography Day. Children dressed up in Red and Yellow to represent the Spanish flag or traditional Spanish costume. We tasted Spanish omelette, played castanets and tried some flamenco dancing! We also learnt Spanish some words such as 'Ola' to say 'hello' and 'Adios' to say 'goodbye'. Finally, we ending with a school assembly and shared what we had learnt about Spain.