We at Vicarage love geography. A non-core subject that lets our children become explorers, enquirers, environmentalists and global citizens.
Geography is an incredibly powerful subject to help us understand the world we live in and feed our thirst for enquiry. We achieve this deep understanding by exploring physical environments, human interactions and how humans interact with the physical environments. Vicarage is fortunate to be situated in a diverse community and we utilise this opportunity by exploring and engaging with our world at school to learn to appreciate, connect and protect the world we live in.
Vicarage understands it is important for our children to understand how our world works and how the issues the world faces can affect us. The children are encouraged to think outside the box. Lessons are moulded around bigger questions such as how does the weather work? Why do earthquakes occur? How has climate change affected us? How can we become global citizens?
At Vicarage, links are made across the curriculum linking the children’s learning of geography with other subjects. Empathy is an important skill and we build this by encouraging children to empathise with people from other countries and how they would feel if they lived in a different place or time (linking to History and Religious Education).
Linking to British Values, children are encouraged to reflect on multi-cultural British society and show that they value and respect others’ viewpoints. At Vicarage we value the diverse ethnic background of all pupils and families and teach pupils the importance of tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Pupils are able use their learning about contrasting localities to reflect on their own and others individual liberty.
Some of the activities that have taken place since the beginning of the year have involved Year 3 and a Spain Day workshop where the children thoroughly enjoyed learning about Spain which tied in nicely with Geography. The children because mini-experts in identifying where Spain was and many of the traditions.
In this picture, you can see children taking part in a Flamenco workshop which was run all day. Children were dressed in red and yellow to get a real feel for the dance. They were also given some background history.
Here you can see the instructors showing the children some of the key movements in the Spanish dance.
The children took part in 4 activities throughout the day: flamenco dancing, cooking, learning about Spanish art and learning about the language.
Year 4 children have also been learning about the different climates around the world and the impact of human intervention. As an introduction, teachers decided to give the children a place somewhere in the world and then sent children away to do some research with some key focus questions. This empowered children and allowed them to take responsibility for their own learning and catered for all types of learners.
In this photo you can see children working in pairs finding where some of the key countries in different climates zones are. After this, children were asked to think why the climates zones varied and what human intervention might have led to this.
This shows a group where all four children had a different job function and they were all engaged in their job role. At the end of the project, they were all experts in their area which they shared via a mini-presentation and a poster.
Look back at this page to see what the children are doing throughout the year.