At Therfield First School, we believe that high quality geography lessons inspire pupils’ curiosity and fascination about the world and their place within it. Our curriculum helps to provoke and provide answers about the natural and human aspects of the world, promoting empathy and their personal and collective responsibility.
Through a creative, multi-sensory curriculum, we use the local area and community to develop geographical skills and knowledge. We facilitate our pupils to gradually broaden their sense of scale from their immediate geography to the global. Our curriculum is designed to develop the knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, deepening children’s understanding of the earths key physical and human processes.
All children took part in an Orienteering Workshop. They looked at a map of Scotland and discussed the different symbols that help us to read maps.
Next, the children discovered how many steps it takes them to cover a 10m distance. They can now use this as a reference point when measuring.
In classes, the children created a physical Treasure Island map with different locations. As a group they guided the instructor to the treasure at Coconut Island!
Finally, the children worked in pairs to use a map of our school. They found flags with letters on around the school grounds and marked them in the correct place on their maps.
The children thoroughly enjoyed their workshop – some even went home and continued to use compasses and maps with their grownups!