The geography learning is worked in parallel with the history learning. The lessons are broken up into 3 sessions over 4 weeks.
Year1/2: using prior learning and retainment the children discussed where they live, focussing on what they know about where they live and what country we live in. They explored maps and asked questions on how to use them and what they show.
Where in the UK is our local area?
The children used an aerial photograph of the school to identify different areas and record them on the sheet.
Is the bottom playground the best place for a fire drill?
Which gate do you use and why?
Here are some of the answers the children gave, “we are near the gate”, the field is big so all the children can fit” “the trees will stop us getting wet.”
“mum parks her car in the carpark”, “we go to the shops near that gate,” “I come from Havant I walk that way.”
What answers can you give for these two questions and why?
Year 2 were also asked, which gate would you close permanently if you had to choose one and reasons why?
What would be your answer to this question?
They also went on a field trip around the estate using their observational skills to study the schools surrounding environment.
Can you name some of the physical and human key features?
Years 3/4: using an atlas the children used their prior learning and retainment to answer these questions.
What continent is in the UK in?
What countries neighbours the UK?
What other information can we gather from an atlas?
Where in the world is Europe and what is it like?
The children then looked at an ordnance survey map to explore the key and how maps show key utilities as well the physical information about the landscape.
Their field work involved walking around the local area. The scenario to think about was… a family is moving to the UK and are going to live in the Warren. By exploring what is available and noting down key physical and human characteristics the children will get a better understanding of their environment and what is available.
Name at least 7 things you observed?
Do you think there is enough available for all members of a family?
What reasons do people come to Warren Park?
Using an ordnance survey map of Warren Park the children put in the features that were missing.
Years5/6: started with using an atlas to answer these questions.
What continents are there, what countries neighbours the UK, what information can we gather from the atlas, how helpful are they if you are going on holiday and what don’t they give us?
They then looked for Bulgaria and the countries they would travel through from the UK if they were to visit there.
What body of water would you cross?
Will the time zone change?
Why do we visit other countries?
The field work focused on physical natural features and the purpose of the Warren Park Estate. The children explored around the reservoir and the thicket.
Why would people visit Warren Park?
Can you name 5 natural features of the estate?
How would you compare the estate to other areas in Portsmouth?
Have you found out an interesting fact that you did not know before about the Warren?