Geography at Cotsford
At Cotsford Primary School, we shape our geography curriculum to ensure the children develop a secure knowledge of the world around them. We intend to inspire children’s curiosity and interest to explore the world that we live in and its people. Through the teaching of geography, we provoke thought and questions, while encouraging the children to discover and explore the answers.
Please click the link for Geography National Curriculum Information
This half term Reception have had fun thinking about different materials to make a teddy and they have been able to describe why it needs to be really soft. No one wants a rough teddy to cuddle! They have also looked at all the different animals that come out at night including badgers, hedgehogs and bats. The children have drawn their own pictures and labelled them too.
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have also been very lucky this half term to have a visit from the OASES team who helped us plant some seeds that will eventually grow into tress. We are making sure we are helping with climate change and COP26.
Year 1 have looked at where we are in the world, including looking at the UK on Google Earth and then using it to locate Horden, our school and other places in our local area. The children enjoyed looking at an aerial view of our school and locating things we know really well like the field and the playground. They were able to use a map to find their way around school and then make their own symbols to show different things on a map.
Year 2 have also been exploring the world. The children have had so much fun researching the different continents and making a messy continent as a group. You can see their continents in the pictures below. The children are becoming more confident in using an atlas as well as the internet to find mountains and rivers. They particularly excelled in their research by completing a mountain challenge; they had to use the atlas to find a mountain in each continent and write which country it was in. Their final mission was to write which continent they would like to visit and why, explaining what they would see and what the weather would be like.
Wow! I have loved seeing Year 3/4 creating their river display. They have been looking at the topography of the UK. As well as rivers, the children have also explored hills, mountains and the coast by using maps, atlases and digital maps to help them. The children have also looked at 4-figure grid references, symbols and keys to build on their knowledge of the UK.
Year 4 had a fantastic start to their Geography topic. As you can see in the pictures below, they visited our local river so that they could recognise some of the different features and compare it with other rivers around the world. Then, they focussed on the continent of Europe. They learnt lots of new geographical vocabulary and labelled some of the different features of Europe including the countries, rivers and mountains. The children practised using different types of maps, including; satellite images, atlases, biomes and climate graphs. They particularly loved studying the climate graphs of different cities in Europe and discovering what we could learn about each place.
We have got some wonderful explorers in Year 5. They have been looking at what has shaped out Earth and our place on it. As you can see in the pictures, their trip was to Horden Beach which really helped them to visualise the effect water has played on our local landscapes and how it will continue to change in the future. The children have also started thinking about the impact climate change is having on the whole world and what could happen if we don’t protect the Earth.
Year 6 started their topic by going on a road trip all around the North East! Even though it was a wet and windy day they were able to visit lots of important sites including, the Angel of the North and Penshaw Monument. They used this to help them study America. They looked at both North and South America and the differences between them. In particular, they focussed on Brazil and it’s natural and human features. The children were able to compare Brazil and Sao Paulo to our local area.
Although Geography has not be a focus this half term, Reception have made a great start with their first topic, Me and My Community and Understanding the World. It was lovely to see the children exploring the natural world around them during their autumn walk. They looked for lots of signs of autumn, noticing all the different colours of the leaves. Wow, there were so many! They collected some and even brought them back to school, with some of them creating their own rainbow of autumn colour.
The children have even planted some strawberry plants to see how they grow. They are looking forward to when they can taste them next year, fingers crossed!