The aim of geography at Ellwood Primary School is to inspire a curiosity about the world that will stay with the children for the rest of their lives.
By the end of Key Stage 1 the children should be able to name the seven continents and five oceans of the world. They will also be able to identify human and physical geographical features of their local area and of a contrasting non-European country.
During Key Stage 2 the children will enhance their locational and place knowledge by using maps to identify countries of the world. They will build on their knowledge of human and physical features to understand the impact that they have on the world and how it affects land use and economic activity.
Chestnut class have learnt the names of the seven continents and five oceans and are making globes to take home so they can remember them. They have been comparing the human and physical features surrounding Ellwood school and Barrow, in Alaska and have compared their life to that of an inuit. They have also compared the weather in Coleford with that in Barrow over a five week period. Chestnut discovered that while we think it is cold in the UK it is nothing like the -33 experienced in the Arctic circle!
Beech class enjoyed learning about Italy and were particularly fascinated by the story of Mount Vesuvius and the effect that it had on Pompeii. As a result, after half-term, the topic changed tack to focus on the children’s interest in volcanoes. The children worked in small groups to build model volcanoes, using bottles and papier-mâché, which they erupted this week using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar with spectacular results! The models demonstrated the way that the lava flows after an eruption.
Learning about London
In Beech class the children have been learning about London. They have sorted through images of London now and London from the time of the 'Great Fire of London'. In Chestnut class, the children learned about the Great Fire of London and found St. Pauls Cathedral, Pudding Lane, London Bridge and the River Thames on a map.
Sycamore class have been focusing on looking at the human and physical features of the UK and France before moving on to look at rivers and the water cycle.
Chestnut have been learning about physical and human features. They took pictures of physical and human features around the school grounds. Year 1 have been practising their map skills and created maps out of Lego, Year 2 sketched maps with a key.