At Firthmoor Primary School, Geography is taught following objectives from the National Curriculum framework and is covered through either blocked or weekly lessons.
Throughout our topics, children are encouraged to learn about diverse places, people, natural and human environments whilst developing a deeper understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human features. Children are tasked with answering geographical questions but we also encourage children to ask questions themselves and debate the relevant associated issues. We aim to instill in our pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.
Children are encouraged to share their ideas through a range of formats, including maps skills (creating and using), collecting evidence and fieldwork skills and writing. We also aim to incorporate current topical incidents into our Geography lessons to deal with the ‘here and now’ of real life, and that it is a ‘living’ subject that contributes to and enhances the children’s knowledge of Geography.
Children have the opportunity to take part in various educational visits linked to Geography. Classes have enjoyed and developed their geography skills at various locations such as Saltburn, Whitby and Teesmouth.
Children have access to a number of Geography texts to further their knowledge about the world in which they live, and daily Topic Text sessions are often linked to the Geography topics being covered.
Visit to Firthmoor Play Area
Visit to Tees River Trust (River Tees)
As part of their Geography work on rivers, the children in Y5LJ recently visited the River Tees. They had a fantastic time exploring the river at Croft-on-Tees. They were able to spot some of the river features (such as meanders) that they had learnt about in the classroom and they enjoyed creating charcoal sketches of the land nearby. The best part of the morning was definitely getting in the water to collect river samples!! The children loved finding out what was living in the river and they managed to identify some of the minibeasts and fish that they found.
Visit to Maidendale Nature Reserve
Y4MT went on a visit to Maidendale Nature Reserve as part of their Geography topic on the local area, to explore the wildlife and plants that live and grow there. The title of their current topic is ‘how does our local community look after the wildlife that lives there?’.
Brightwater Community Project
Sarah Barton from ‘Discover Brightwater’ visited our school to launch our Community Walk Project. This is an exciting opportunity for our children in Year 2 to Year 6, who will soon be visiting the Maidendale Nature Reserve to collect research about the area. Children will be developing their fieldwork skills in Geography whilst also studying elements of local history, science and art throughout the project. The final product will be the creation of a map and information leaflet for members of the community.