The World on Stage
Term 4 2020
Term 4 promises to be an exciting one for Year 3 as they begin their topic of “The World on Stage”, with its spotlight on current geographical issues. To date, the pupils have read First News articles about the work of David Attenborough and the impact Greta Thunberg is having in raising awareness about important issues.
The pupils are beginning a contrast study between the UK and Brazil. Here are some responses from the pupils.
“I am looking forward to learning more about Brazil. It is important to keep the rainforests, trees and plants.”
“The Amazon rainforest is the largest rainforest in South America.”
“Brazil is near the equator. The equator is an imaginary line around the middle of the world. Brazil has a tropical climate near the equator. The UK has a temperate climate.”
“There is interesting food in Brazil. Yams are different. They are like potatoes but sweeter.”
Crucially, the pupils have realised that if everyone can make a small change then this can have a big impact on world change. For example, the pupils know to switch lights off when they are not needed and they make every effort not to create food waste in their daily school routine.
Here are some more of their initial responses.
“We have been learning about plants and how they grow in a temperate zone. England is in a temperate zone.”
“It is important to learn Geography, so you start to know what is happening around the world.”
“Something dangerous could happen and you need to know about it.”
“Quite a lot of people are trying to walk to school now.”
“We need to stop the ice melting. We need to stop driving so much and use less aeroplanes.”
“Trees are being cut down, but they release oxygen and take in carbon dioxide.”
“I would like to see if the hole in the ozone layer is getting bigger or not.”
“Geography in one word?
Around the Globe
Term 4 2020
Year 2 Term 4
The new topic for term 4 in Year 2 is called Around the Globe. This week sees the introduction to this topic. The children have been immersing themselves in geographical texts, looking up continents and countries using atlases and trying to solve the puzzle of which flags belong to which countries as part of their independent challenge. They have looked at images of the Earth as seen from space and identified land, oceans, cloud, mountains and a hurricane. Given an opportunity to reflect upon what Plane Earth means to them, here are some responses from this week.
I feel amazed because of the sea where the fish live.
I feel angry, because people litter.
It is important to care for the Earth so that animals and people can live in the world.
I feel amazed because the Earth is a massive planet and people should look after the planet.
I feel sad because when people drop rubbish in the sea, the fish, whales, dolphins – all kinds of beautiful animals die.
I am excited to find out about new countries.
I feel excited to see the sea.
Term 3 2020
Year 5 children have completed their topic called “Space Cosmic” this term (Term 3 ).
Here are some excerpts from their conversations.
“We have been learning about the Milky Way, zooming in to the British Isles and then Kent.
Isle of Sheppey
The children were very keen to share their knowledge of the “First News” article about the Solar Orbiter that was launched on 10th February 2020.
(The Solar Orbiter (SolO)] is a Sun-observing satellite, developed by the European Space Agency (ESA). SolO is intended to perform detailed measurements of the inner heliosphere and nascent solar wind, and perform close observations of the polar regions of the Sun, which is difficult to do from Earth, both serving to answer the question “How does the Sun create and control the heliosphere?” – Wikipedia)
They could explain that that the equipment would enable information “to be collected from the top and bottom of the sun.”
They were very keen and excited to learn that the orbiter was assembled in the UK at Airbus, Stevenage.
“It is the first of its kind to go and visit the sun.”
“The sun is a lot hotter than you think.”
“It has been made in Britain, which makes me feel proud.”
“In the future, we can be the people who build amazing things to go to the sun.”
Term 3, 2020
Year 6 pupils have just completed a topic on Japan. Here are some of their thoughts.
“Geography is important because it helps you to understand what places are like and where places are in the world.”
“The work gets harder in Year 6 because there are more research questions and sometimes the answers can be hidden or harder to find.”
“Japanese lessons have been helpful, we have learned from films and vocabulary. It all helps us to understand what happened in World War 2. It helps us to understand the language better.”
“Kensuke’s Kingdom is a really good book. It is mixed with interesting characters and information about the part of Japan that got bombed in World War 2. I would recommend it.
We have used atlases to find where places are in Japan and the iPads for extra research and reading.”
“We have learnt about volcanoes, what they are like inside and how they erupt.
Our art work was focussed on Hokusai, we learnt about the famous painting “The Wave”.”
“We have learnt that Mount Fuji is one of the most visited landmarks in Japan. Over 250,000 people visit it a year. The Skytree in Tokyo is the tallest manmade building. Sushi is one of the most popular foods.”
“Geography in 3 words?
Interesting. Fascinating. Enjoyable.”
Year 1 and Clover Class
Bright Lights, Big Cities
Term 3, 2020
Year 1 children and Clover Class have been busy taking Paddington Bear around the world this half term. The local area was explored and mapped. Pupils discussed what they would like to improve in the local area. Pupils took Paddington on a series of virtual trips to London, Paris and New York and used maps, atlases and globes to find out about each city and its notable landmarks. Many rich opportunities were provided for child-initiated challenges and the teachers were delighted to see the variety of model making, map creations and creative play happening. The topic reaches its bright conclusion next week when the children go on an outing – taking the local train on a visit to Queenborough and learning about their island.
A selection of enthusiastic Year 5 pupils were interviewed about Geography this week. Here are some responses.
” I have enjoyed learning about Islamic festivals around the world as part of my RE lessons.”
” It is important to know how important it is to use recyclable objects to reduce plastic waste.”
“If you want to go to a different country and want to communicate, Geography is important.”
” A good Geography teacher is someone who has researched and knows about places. They can help you learn about different cultures.”
“3 words for Geography? Interesting. Wow. Fascinating.”
Clover Class in the Ivy Centre have been busy constructing maps as part of their Bright Lights, Big Cities topic. After going on a walk in the local area, the pupils discussed how it could be improved. They learnt the vocabulary of house, flat, street, semi-detached, detached, terraced, town, chemist, shops, school, fire station. They built a 3d map of St George’s Avenue for Paddington to explore, adding the local landmarks.
Our recent World Religion Day provided a rich opportunity for cross curricular Geography.
Reception children explored the story of Noah’s Ark, making animal masks and dramatizing the story in the space of the school hall. Time was spent looking at maps and a globe to find out where different animals lived. They discovered that most kangaroos have their habitat in Australia and pandas only live in in certain provinces in China.
Year 1 children discovered Buddha was born in Lumbini, which was part of Northern India but is now part of Nepal. They located India on a map and used Google Earth to find famous landmarks such as the Taj Mahal.
Year 2 children discovered where Israel was and compared it to the UK. They researched the surrounding countries and found out about The Dead Sea. They made collaged flags and maps of Israel.
Year 3 and Ivy Centre pupils discussed the meaning of Geography and named the continents. Then, they focussed on India, making a fact file of regions, populations and languages spoken. They chose an aspect of school life to compare with their own lives. There were many books to research information from. Stories from India were shared.
Year 4 children discovered that the origin of Sikhism began in the Punjab area of South Asia which now is part of the present-day states of India and Pakistan. They used a globe and atlases to find out information about India and recorded this on a factsheet.
Year 5 pupils learnt about the Islamic faith and used research skills to find out about the famous mosques in the world. They discovered where in the world Islam was most practised.
Year 6 pupils researched where in the world Humanism was thought to originate. They researched which countries in the present day have the highest number of Humanists and found out that the Norwegian Humanist Association is one of the largest secular humanist associations in the world.