Geography is a subject packed with excitement and dynamism that synthesises aspects of the world and helps us to better understand its people, places and environments, and the interactions between them. Geography also helps us understand how and why places are changing, and to better imagine, predict and work towards, likely and preferred futures. Underpinning all of this is a strong spatial component that deepens our understanding of what places are like, why and how they are connected, and the importance of location.
Year 1 Weather Watch Weeks:
Four times a year, the class will learn about the seasons in context and add to a ‘weather watch diary’ throughout the course of the academic year. They will visit Holland Park Ecology Centre to take part in interactive talks where they will learn about the reasons for the seasons, differences in weather and the changes that occur in nature with the progression of the seasons. They explore the Wildlife Area they use a spotter sheet to explore the woodland while searching for seasonal objects to add to their diaries. Each season, they will take part in a different follow up activities:
Oratory Primary Map Quest:
Map Quest is a whole school-home learning project which will take place each year in the summer term and last for two weeks. Each year group will encounter a different region of the world. So, by the time the children leave the Oratory, they will have an impressive locational knowledge of the UK, Europe and beyond.
Every day the children will be involved in a range of short activities – interactive map games, Power Point slides, puzzles etc. that can be woven into the school day. Homework during these two weeks will have a Map Quest focus. The children will bring home activities or tasks to complete with a parent to reinforce these map skills and to help build their locational knowledge of their chosen region. On the final day each child will complete a quiz and receive a certificate.
An Oratorian Geographer
Geography National Curriculum Coverage at Oratory
Geography Skills Progression at Oratory