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 in 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 often 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.
History is a much loved subject in our school which the people here are enthusiastic about teaching as well as learning. Giving children hands on experiences is a thread which runs throughout our History teaching at Geoffrey Field Junior School. It is these experiences which make learning memorable for the children, helps them to understand what life was like during the time period they are learning about and enjoy their History lessons. We encourage children to be inquisitive and want to find out more about the topic they are learning about and their questions are central to planning our History lessons, which gives children a sense of ownership over their learning. We also give the children opportunities to continue their learning beyond the classroom through own learning tasks and trips.
Here is a flavor of some of the experiences which children have had in History 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 they used to live.