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Infant Department: Mardale Avenue, Flixton M41 5SA
Junior Department: Delamere Road, Flixton M41 5QL
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Geography at Flixton Primary School should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.
Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding about the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes.
Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
In the Autumn Term, the children have been looking at a variety of maps and understanding what an aerial view is. This has been helped by using the book: 'The Smartest Giant in Town'. They have also used Google Earth to follow their routes to school and know the difference between humand and physical geography.
To begin the year, the two classes have studied the continents and oceans of the world.
At the beginning of the year, the children have studied climatic zones and placed the UK in the correct one. Knowing the characteristics of each zone is a good start because in the following years, different zones are studied in more depth. They have also been meteorologists.
This term, children have looked at accessibility around school, becoming more aware of how to get around and for wheelchair access. Drawing maps with keys and using grid 4-6 figure references has made up a lot of the learning.
This year, the two Yr 5 classes have been investigating what life is like living in the polar regions. They have researched ice landscape features, the climate in comparison to Manchester's and written a report on Greenland.
The children of Year 6 have spent their first term finding out about the EU and keeping up to date with all the topical issues in the news regarding Brexit.
Field work Opportunities
It is essential that when the opportunity to get outside arises, to complement our study in the classroom, then we have to grasp it. Here are some examples of year groups experiencing 'on the job' learning.
Year 5 - Salford Quays
During our visit, we carried out the following work:
Analysed the function of land use around the quays
Carried out questionnaires to find out where people had come from, the purpose of their visit and the demographic (in other words, politely asking their age!)
Observed retail usage
Sketched buildings and structures to indicate differences in architecture from the early 1900s to the modern day
Year 3 - Visit by Mountain Climber
As part of their Mountain Environment topic, Year 3 children got a first hand account of what it is like to climb mountains. Kate Scott came in to talk about her preparations, and then her actual trek to the Base Camp of Everest. The children were in awe of her achievement and learned a lot about respecting the harsh environment and being prepared.
To engage the pupils of FPS, a day full of geographical activities and visitors was arranged. The whole school joined in orienteering (map work), listening to speakers about the new rail scheme linking the south to the north of England and about the making of Runcorn New Town. Then, we were all whisked away to Japan for a lesson, experiencing the culture and beliefs of this country in the Far East.