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26/02/24

What a start to the week! Thank you so much for our wonderful book. We are looking forward to our online lesson. Happy creating to Year 3! pic.twitter.com/U67hcrEtmh

23/02/24

Beegu has landed! Sycamore Class arrived at school on Tuesday to find that an unusual spacecraft had crash-landed outside their classroom. They have loved writing character descriptions about their strange visitor... pic.twitter.com/cucAxDcEZ7

23/02/24

Year 3 created mood boards in Art yesterday, to develop a feel and understanding of the Arctic and Antarctic. They used a variety of textures and colours, and they are very proud of the result! pic.twitter.com/sTWvIAU256

22/02/24

We were so excited to celebrate Founders Day today. 40 of us were proud to wear our uniforms - from the youngest to the oldest members of our school community. pic.twitter.com/b3I9klNx44

22/02/24

This week, the Eco Council braved the elements to plant 240 trees along the back of the school field! Kindly donated via the - the trees are native trees, designed to encourage wildlife. The children worked so hard and loved every minute! pic.twitter.com/B0SL9SSzCs

09/02/24

Thank you so much to Maidstone for the materials to make our new class book corner today - and for kindly delivering. Great support to our school community of readers. pic.twitter.com/hsTXxESwkw

09/02/24

It has been a busy week in Year 3, with the children showcasing their dance to their parents, and then the whole of KS2! A huge well done to them, you were all amazing! pic.twitter.com/y7RLYzMNau

09/02/24

Elm Class have been busy designing games and apps to keep us safe online. Fantastic ideas from developers of the future. pic.twitter.com/9T1hlQGVk9

08/02/24

We loved doing our science experiment today. We had to see which material would make the best umbrella for a bear and then we put them to the test! pic.twitter.com/b7q885NQMa

08/02/24

Elm Class have been learning about being safe on the internet and created their own emojis pic.twitter.com/TsHMsqys9V

07/02/24

Year 6 enjoyed their free time activity for Children’s Mental Health Week. pic.twitter.com/TP5gS8YGPp

06/02/24

Sycamore Class enjoyed lots of activities to learn more about Safer Internet Day! pic.twitter.com/Kn1BGa2HG5

06/02/24

Fantastic discussion in Year 4 this morning around ways to stay safe on the internet. Topped off with 10/10 on the quiz!#SaferInternetDay pic.twitter.com/s92YsWQ9Qv

06/02/24

Year 3 have been discussing how technology has evolved and whether the internet has a positive or negative influence on us. They were very shocked to see some of the old technology!#SaferInternetDay pic.twitter.com/Y1zCm28KiM

06/02/24

Year 6 have been considering their own online activity and how they can use their knowledge to help others stay safe on the internet. pic.twitter.com/GkGZ4brphG

05/02/24

Year 5 were outside for their chosen activity for week. Playing, taking part in team games and colouring, we did it all! pic.twitter.com/pjgNM2ty9V

05/02/24

The KS2 school council representatives enjoyed their visit to the Maidstone County Hall. We learnt lots about the history of the building and even had the chance to debate. Future politicians in the making! pic.twitter.com/noQsrlmwNo

02/02/24

TTRS day at We know how important knowing your times tables are in Year 5 and we also know how to dress like a rockstar! pic.twitter.com/gkviXQS7FA

02/02/24

So much hard work has gone into our urban art final outcomes in Sycamore Class. We have hand-cut our own stencils and can’t wait to share the finished pieces next week. pic.twitter.com/pe9RFM54hj

02/02/24

A fantastic day of multiplication learning in Sycamore Class. Enjoy TT Rockstars over the weekend! pic.twitter.com/uzOVhDVeAZ

02/02/24

Some of the excellent propaganda posters produced by Elder class this week. pic.twitter.com/HGjbegcNXC

02/02/24

Year 1 have had a brilliant time celebrating Times Table Rock Stars day! pic.twitter.com/8QJ2wzQ0W9

31/01/24

Yew Class were visited by Vanessa from the Pluckley Bread Station yesterday, who taught us about the process of bread making and helped us to perfect our kneading technique. The children said it is the best bread they’ve ever tasted! Thank you pic.twitter.com/NEQl9rXTsq

26/01/24

We have really enjoyed looking at features of bridges, especially after we saw the one in our local village. Here is some of the art work that Year 1 feel proud of. pic.twitter.com/GF3siI4JJB

26/01/24

It was great to see some interesting geographical features in Aylesford. Year 1 enjoyed all that there was to see and can’t wait to go on another trip! pic.twitter.com/3Ja6WDarmh

Geography

Geography is the study of places. It explores the relationships between the world and its people. It studies the location of the physical and human features of the earth and the processes, systems and inter-relationships that create and influence them. It examines how people affect, manage and sustain their environment.
Geographical enquiry helps children to learn about their immediate surroundings, the broader world and how the environment can affect their lives and determine decision-making. The study of geography helps to develop a sense of identity and promotes responsible citizenship. 

We aim to ensure children:

  • To build a geographical curriculum that develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge of their world around them so that they know more, remember more and understand more. 
  • To build a geographical curriculum that endorses the importance for outdoor learning to build a curiosity for learning to help them to know more, remember more and understand more.

Curriculum Intent, Implementation & Impact

Intent:

  • To build a geographical curriculum that develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge of their world around them so that they know more, remember more and understand more. This is through the use of:

·         planning with the National Curriculum

·         progression grid

·         subject specific content

·         appropriate connections to other curriculum areas

 

  • To build a geographical curriculum that endorses the importance for outdoor learning to build a curiosity for learning to help them to know more, remember more and understand more.

 

Implementation:

Knowledge Organisers and Learning Walls:

Children have access to key language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply to their written, mathematical and verbal communication of their skills, in a purposeful context. This promotes connections to be made across all foundation subjects where applicable. These can be integrated in the English learning wall.

 

Key Vocabulary:

The promotion of a language rich Geography curriculum is essential to the successful acquisition of knowledge and understanding in Geography.

Independent Learning:

In Geography children are encouraged to enquire about their topic of interest and develop their independence when locating places, describing places and exploring the outdoors.

Children will access resources to acquire learning through atlases, text books, maps, digital technology and photographs:

Children will use a range of secondary resources to develop their knowledge and understanding that is integral to their learning.  

Enhancement:

In order to enhance the curriculum for geography children access the local area at least once a term; by making connections through all the different curriculum areas and have access to a local map. With this map they navigate and apply their geographical skills when accessing the local area.

Educational Visits to enhance their Cultural Capital:

Where applicable links to geography will be made to develop the children’s topical learning.

Outdoor Learning opportunities with the curriculum:

Teaching and Learning should plan for outdoor learning opportunities within geography lessons termly. This may be using the school grounds, local area or wider community to apply and explore their subject specific task.

Children will access their local environment to get a hands-on experience in their learning:

This may not be geography led but is an expectation that all pupils visit their local area at least once a term. Children will become more aware of their local environment and as they progress through their geographical education and use a map specific for their areas of enquiry.

Educational Visits to enhance their cultural capital:

Where applicable links to geography will be made to develop the children’s topical learning.

British Values and PSHE:

Children will learn and revisit the importance of our world and how it should be treated through a range of cultural capital activities and experiences.

 

Impact:

· Children will achieve age related expectations in Geography at the end of their cohort year.

· Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to geography with a real-life context.

·  Children will understand how geography ‘happens’ in their local area.

· Children will have a good understanding about the world around them and how it has been shaped.

·  Children will know more, remember more and understand more.

· The pupil voice will represent an understanding of what geography is and how they have applied this learning in a given context as part of a highlight task.

· Children will achieve age related expectations in Geography at the end of their cohort year.

· Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to geography with a real life context.

· Children will understand how geography ‘happens’ in their local area.

· Children will begin to understand their wider world and the implications that we as citizens have on it.

· Children will work collaboratively to solve problems and explain the processes that they have taken/observed within a real-life context.

· Children will act as good citizens within their local community.