Throughout the year, the children are taught several geography units through a range of stimulating activities, which are often linked with other subjects across the National Curriculum. The children have the opportunity to learn more about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions of the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They are encouraged to ask as well as answer geographical questions, take part in discussions and present information to the rest of the class, which they are always eager to do. Many children carry out additional research at home to share with the rest of the class. Fieldwork is integral to good geography teaching and we include as many opportunities as we can to involve children in first-hand practical geographical research and enquiry, using the wide range of geography resources that we have at the school.
Click here for an overview of the Geography units we teach each year.
History is a subject in that is enjoyed by all of us at Geoffrey Field. We allow to come alive through our use of first hand experiences. This ensures that children remember these lessons and develop a growing understanding about what life was like during different periods throughout history.
Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and teachers work to build these into the history units being taught. This gives children a sense of ownership. Children extend their learning through ‘own learning’ tasks, trips outside the school and by meeting a range of visitors who are invited into school. Drama, debate, reading and writing are used to develop children’s understanding of a period in history.
Here are some of the experiences which children have had in their History lessons over the year. Year 3 became Stone Age villagers for the day and tried their hand at hunting with a flint, making bread and building shelters from natural materials they found in the school grounds. Year 4 continued these experiences with mummifying fish, making canopic jars and constructing pyramids on the field using sticks. Year 5 took on the challenge of building Viking long ships and shields and In Year 6 the children collected and sorted through evidence of a Mayan skeleton to reveal the secrets how this civilisation used to live.
Click here for an overview of the History units we teach each year