"Geography explains the past, illuminates the present
and prepares us for the future.
What could be more important than that?"
Michael Palin, 2007
At Trotts Hill, we believe that Geography helps to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human worlds, encouraging children to develop a greater understanding of their world and their place in it. It helps to develop a range of investigation and problem-solving skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can be used to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote children’s interest and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
Year 2 have been looking at islands in Geography and have looked at different ways islands are formed. We enjoyed building a landmass and flooding it to see how this forms new islands.
In Geography this half term Year 1 have been learning about our local area. We went on a trip to our local shops to investigate what the area is like around The Oval, see what shops there were and think about why people might visit there. We discovered lots of shops including a butchers, a pharmacy, a carpet shop and a hairdressers. We also discussed if the houses were old or new, and talked about the similarities and differences between our houses and the houses that we walked past.
On a glorious September day, Year 5 visited the River Lee for a field study. The group leader was impressed by our knowledge of the formation of meanders. Having studied them on films and diagrams, we were able to transfer our learning to a first- hand experience. From the viewpoint of a bridge, we sketched the river, noticing the shape and direction and speed of the water. In the afternoon, we had the joy of birdwatching.
We are very proud of our Eco-Warriors who have been awarded a Blue Peter Green Badge. The Eco-Warriors participated in the Climate Heroes initiative and pledged to make a number of changes both at home and at school including: reducing waste and reducing use of water and electricity. They also had to create a piece of art work which was submitted to Blue Peter.
Year 6 investigated South America. They explored both physical and human features comparing South America to other areas of the world. They finished their learning by researching one country and presenting their information to the class.
We have been awarded this award for our Eco-Warrior work.
This week at school the Key Stage 2 Key Worker bubble spent the afternoon gardening on the school allotment with Mrs Burke.
We planted mini watermelon seeds in pots. We put them in the hot greenhouse. We can't wait to eat them. Layla
I learnt how to say watermelon in Spanish which is 'sandia'. Thomas
We also planted out some French bean seedlings and some sunflowers. We had to do a lot of watering as the soil was very dry because of all of the hot weather we have been having. Freya
In addition, we also did some weeding and tidying up of the area. We put the weeds into the compost bin because we then get more soil that we can put back onto the allotment. Isla
We were social distancing all the time whilst weeding and watering, which was hard but we did keep it up. Freya
Well done to the Eco-Warriors who have achieved this award.
We have achieved the Level One RHS Gardening Award.