Policy: Geography Policy
Subject Ambassador: Miss A. Hunter-Purvis
Link Academy Councillor: Mrs. A. Johnson
Statement of Intent:
Opal Learning Zone
New Life – What better way to develop our geographical knowledge than an educational visit into Stanhope? To coincide with our New Life Topic, the children ventured to the Durham Dales Centre where we searched for tadpoles. It was fantastic to explore our local community and see some superb scenery. Unfortunately, our tadpole hunt drew a blank but we did see numerous minibeasts as we explored the wonderful area.
Amethyst Learning Zone
Plotting our Route – At Stanhope Barrington we are surrounded by amazing natural beauty, and it was fantastic for the children to go on an educational walk searching for tadpoles. Prior to our walk, the children were provided with an aerial view of Stanhope. Using the maps, the children had to identify how we could navigate to the Durham Dales centre and which paths we would use. The children were fantastic at recognising key points of interest in Stanhope.
Sapphire Learning Zone
Ruby Learning Zone
Emerald Learning Zone
Diamond Learning Zone
September 2020- February 2021
What is it like where we live (Stanhope)? – While we have not been able to explore the local area in person, we have used the internet and photographs to find out about where we live. The children have developed their map-making skills, using symbols and keys to draw maps of the school and Stanhope itself.
The Durham Dales – In Geography we have been looking closely at the Durham Dales. We have used maps and atlases to locate the Durham Dales and the surrounding towns and cities. We have made posters, using ICT, to promote the amazing things you can do in the Dales.
‘What’s underneath my feet?’ – In Geography this half term, we have been exploring the topic ‘What’s underneath my feet?’ We started by looking at the continents and oceans that make up the world, next we zoomed into Europe, then the UK and finally Weardale. We compared Weardale with Newcastle upon Tyne and the looked at our local river, the River Wear. In our final lesson, we labelled the features of rivers, here are some examples we put on display.
Farming in the UK – This half term in Geography, we have been focussing on how different crops are grown in the UK. The children looked at how climate change affects both arable and pastoral farming. The children wrote a letter to a local farmer to inform them of ways in which they can adapt their strategies and techniques. They came up with some great ideas and used excellent geographical language.
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