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King's Hedges Educational Federation

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Northfield Avenue, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 2HU

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Geography Work

 

Reception Topic

All About Me 

We have been talking about where we are from and the languages we speak. We have created a lovely display to celebrate the many different languages we speak. 

Year 1 Topic    

What makes up our local community?

We have been busy learning about the local community. We have been thinking about our local amenities such as the shops and the doctors. We agreed that our local parks are very important because we have lots of fun at the parks and we can see our friends. We have used Google Earth and aerial photos to see what the area looks like from above. After that, we looked at various postcodes and road names making links to how these are used when people deliver the post.

Year 2 Topic    

Where did pirates sail to find treasure?

Year 2 have been developing their geography skills through their topic ‘Where did pirates sail to find treasure?’ They have been using globes and atlases to name places in the world including oceans and they have been describing features of an island. The children have learnt lots about Barbados and some children in the year group could even share their experiences as they had been there. The children have recently been considering how jobs are different in different places across the world. The children have been describing memorable pirates and they have written letters from the perspective of a pirate.

 

Why is it cold? 

We have been learning about the countries of the UK and the weather. We found the countries of the United Kingdom on a map and can name each country. We then identified different types of weather symbols. After that, we looked at some hot climates and some cold climates and made links to the equator. We even made a weather diary sheet as we made observations of the local weather throughout the week. 

 

What can we see around the world?

In our next Geography topic, we located different continents around the world, including Europe, on a world map and identified some of its countries and features. We shared any experiences of holidays we have had and introduced Buddy the Bee who wanted to explore the world. He wanted to visit a country in every continent so we helped him to learn about many including France, China and Kenya. When we learnt about China, we found out about key physical features (coasts, forest and mountains) as well as noticing similarities and differences between China and the United Kingdom. To celebrate the Chinese New Year, we even enjoyed Chinese dragon crafts and food tasting. When we learnt about Kenya, we talked about customs and traditions as well as how coffee beans are grown and how they end up in jars in the supermarket and our homes.

Year 2 Topic

Where did pirates sail to find treasure?

We have been developing our geography skills through this topic. We have used globes and atlases to name places in the world including oceans and we have described features of an island. We have learnt lots about Barbados and some of us could even share our experiences as we have been there. We have even considered how jobs are different in different places across the world. We have described memorable pirates and have written letters from the perspective of a pirate! 

 

How do people and animals survive in cold places?  

We have been exploring where the Artic is in the world. We have named the continents and world oceans and located them on a map. We even described a place outside of Europe through developing our geographical vocabulary. 

 

 

Year 3 Topic    

Where’s the best place to put your rubbish?

We identified natural and manmade features of our local environment. We focused particularly on where the things we throw away end up including landfill, recycling plants and other locations. 

 

What causes earthquakes and volcanoes? 

We enjoyed learning about volcanoes using technical language to explain the steps to create a volcano (including the eruption) and labelled a diagram of a volcano. To develop our geographical skills further, we then used an atlas to find where volcanoes are located around the world. We used ipads to find St Helen’s volcano as well as the Pacific Ring of Fire. After learning about volcanoes, we then learnt about earthquakes! We explored how tectonic plates move and how this movement causes earthquakes. We learnt where in the world earthquakes happen and how dangerous earthquakes could be.

 

How far is it to Brussels?

During our Geography topic, we have focused on the continent of Europe. We have named and located the capital cities of neighbouring European countries, used an atlas (using the index) to find places and even put this information onto a map.  We enjoyed tasting famous food from different countries, researching interest facts and learning phrases from some of the many languages spoken within Europe. After that, we learnt to recognise and locate the countries of different flags using an atlas. We explored some of the meanings behind the colours, symbols and pictures on different flags. In P4C, we discussed different philosophical questions including ‘Why are maps important?’, ‘Are maps important?’ ‘What makes something real?’ and ‘Should old maps be seen as unimportant?’

Year 4 Topic    

 What makes a great journey?

Year 4 enjoyed this topic by showing each other postcards that we had sent to school during the Summer holiday. The postcards had been part of our home learning and we included a lot of detail! We were excited to find postcards from Mr Lander and Mrs Rogerson all the way from America. We also practiced describing a position using compass points and using co-ordinates. 

 

What is so amazing about the Amazon? 

We have enjoyed learning about the Amazon, its flora and fauna and geography of the land through scavenger hunts and map work. We recognized and named different flora and fauna distinct to the Amazon and learnt that rainforests have different layers with life especially adapted to each layer. During this topic, we also located the Equator, the Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn and were able to locate rainforests around the world (in between the two tropics).

Year 5 Topic      

Are we there yet?

During this topic, we have been using maps, aerial photos and e-resources to focus on our locality. We have considered how the local area around King’s Hedges has developed over the last 10 years. We discussed what we like about the area and have made suggestions for what changes we would like to make in the future. We then wrote a guided tour of the school for new pupils including directional and positional language.

 

Can we build bridges?

During our Bridges topic, we enjoyed further developing our geographical skills. We were able to locate and name many of the world’s most famous rivers in atlas and complete additional research using ipads. We were able to identify famous bridges built and think about the location (both country and continent), purpose and benefits of these manmade structures. After this research, we were inspired to write poetry and newspaper reports based around famous bridges found all over the world. 

 

Does the punishment fit the crime? 

During our History topic, we focused on how Parliament affects decision making both today and in the past. We looked about how decision-making was organised when the Vikings settled in Iceland. We leant that they held their Thingvellor between two tectonic plates, in a large flat area with access to water and shade. We also looked about how a location fits into its wider geographical location with reference to human features as this meeting point is accessible from the whole island. 

Year 6 Topic

What is like to live on a farm?

We absolutely loved our residential trip to Wales! We were able to see physical features that we have learnt about in the classroom in real life – we went to the beach, walked along coast, explored the hills and could see islands surrounded by the sea. We were able to put map skills into practice and we saw many different types of habitats for wildlife including seals. We could also apply our understanding of human geography as we could see many different types of jobs including what life is really like as a farmer. 

 

What did the Mayans bring to the world? 

During this topic, we focused on the continent of South America. We explored the geography of the lands of the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas. We were able to recall geographical vocabulary including the Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator. We then traced the path of the commodity of chocolate over time and across continents through writing chronological reports.