"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 1 walked around the local area identifying human and physical features.
Year 2 learnt about how flooding can cause islands to form by creating a mini island outside.
As part of our geography learning, we used the internet to research human and physical features of countries around the world. We included details of mountains, rivers, population, tourist attractions, climate zones and language.
Congratulations to our Eco-Warriors. They have all received their job description and are excited to continue making Trotts Hill as environmentally friendly as possible.
Year 5 used a variety of geographical skills during a visit to the River Lee. After learning about how a river changes during its course, the middle course first hand. They noticed what plant species were growing nearby and identified wildlife such as herons and coots. They undertook some field work by proving their theory about the speed of water on the inside and outside of a meander and calculated the average speed at that particular location.
The Eco-Warriors have worked exceptionally hard during the year, along with the the rest of the children and staff, on the eco initiatives. We have received the prestigious 'Green Flag' award from Eco-Schools and are very proud of this achievement.
Year 5 pupils investigated the climate zones of North America. They were given statements about particular cities and were tasked to find the graphs and photograph which illustrated the climates. They then considered which place they would most like to live in.
Year 2 took a virtual trip to Kenya via Trotts Hill Travels! The children experienced flying in an aeroplane, going on safari and learning about the different weather and climate in Kenya. The children looked at compass points and investigated different people living in Kenya.
Year 3 used atlases to locate deserts around the world. They also investigated weather and climate in desert areas, explored how humans use deserts and learnt about the causes and effects of desertification.
Year 4 found facts around the classroom to do with Europe to help them create a fact file all about Europe. They found out lots of interesting information including that 260 languages are spoken in Europe, Russia is the largest country in Europe (Ukraine is the largest whole country) and that France is one of the oldest countries in Europe.
Year 6 used atlases to research countries in South America. They also investigated the climate, the human and physical geography of South America and then compared these countries to the United Kingdom.
Trotts Hill celebrated Earth Day by trying to reduce the use of paper, turning off lights and limiting the use of technology. All classes has the opportunity to create artwork using natural products from the Forest School area.
The Eco-Warriors have created an Eco-Code for the school to follow:
We will refuse
We will reduce
We will reuse
We will repair
We will recycle
The whole school took part in an Eco-Day run by the House Captains. Each house took a different element from marine, energy and waste. During their time in their house groups they learnt about the negative impact of some actions on the environment and considered how they could make a 'Small change' to make a 'Big Difference'. All the children worked together fantastically and produced amazing learning which has been displayed in the hall.
As part of their learning about where food comes from, Year 3 used food packets to identify where their food had come from. They first identified the countries and then, using skills from our previous geography learning, identified the continents. We also discussed the different climate zones and linked this to why our food comes from different countries.
Bartlett Tree Experts very kindly donated tree saplings to the school. Every child from Year 1 to Year 6 took home a sapling to plant in their garden. "Every tree we plant makes a big difference."
The Eco-Warriors have completed an environmental review as part of their work towards achieving the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award. They answered questions about ten different environmental areas and evaluated the areas in which we could improve on. Working together, they then helped to identify key actions and have written an action plan. The action plan has been shared with children and staff.
The Action Plan can be seen below.
"We are at a unique stage in our history. Never before have we had such an awareness of what we're doing to the planet. And never before have we had the power to do something about it." Sir David Attenborough, Blue Planet II
All children across the school have explored the UN COP26 summit. Children discussed ways in which they could help the environment and they each made a pledge. Some of these pledges have been displayed around the Eco-Warrior display board.
Introducing our 2021-2022 Eco-Warriors. They successfully applied for the role of Eco-Warrior and will help to achieve the 'Green Flag Eco-Award'. They have started by completing an environmental review.
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.