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Visits and Visitors

 

Geography Throughout 2019-2020

 

Calendar of geography visits and visitors 2019-2020

 

We believe that welcoming visitors into school and going on trips to support our learning is really important. The children always speak highly of visits and visitors to enhance the geography curriculum. What children learn through these visits and visitor contributions supports in making learning memorable and providing first hand experiences for our children to draw upon. 

 

Educational Visits

Term/Date

Year group(s)/class(es) or year groups involved

Visit to…

Curriculum links

Impact of visit

Autumn

14th November 2019

Maple and Oak

Chester Zoo

Maple:

Science-living things in their habitats; animals including humans

Geography-map reading, features of different places

 

Oak:

Science-evolution and inheritance

 

English and Geography – changing world Non-fiction report writing on the use of palm oil (Chester is a palm oil free city, with the zoo leading the campaign)

Engagement, first hand experiences for children to support their work in science to ensure all children can fully access the curriculum as they have all had the same first hand experiences.

 

Children could see the animals that we were going to be looking at throughout our unit. We discussed the adaptations of the animals. The trip also led the children to talk about palm oil and this drove our non-fiction unit linking with our geography as well as DT and science units.

Autumn

28th November 2019

Beech and Sycamore

Chester Zoo

Beech:

Science-teeth, diet and digestion

 

Sycamore:

Science-animals and their habitats

Geography-conservation of habitats

 

Visitors to School Term/Date

Year group(s) /class(es) involved

Visitor

Curriculum links

Impact of visitor

Autumn

18th November

Acorn and Willow

Zoo2You

Science-Living things and their habitats

Geography-where do our favourite animals live?

This visit consolidated children’s learning from their science topic and allowed them to see and touch a range of unusual animals.  This made learning animal classification more relatable for the children.  The children used this learning in their following science lessons and continue to refer back to the animals they met on the day. 

 

This visit provided staff with the opportunity to broaden their own subject knowledge.

 

Staff believed this was a much more beneficial experience for the children than a visit to the zoo and would like to repeat next year.

Autumn

25th November

Whole school

MAF: launch Advent

RE: Christianity in action and Christianity Around the World

Geography: using a world map

The launch assembly and subsequent use of MAF materials throughout Advent supported children in developing a wider understanding of the world in which they live, the lives of others around the world and the importance of charities raising money to be able to support those in need around the world

Autumn

27th November

Whole School

Year 5/6

Bethany Project

RE-Christianity around the world

PSHE-exploring other cultures

Geography-world continents-people and places

The staff and children were so moved by this performance and visit. The visit helped our children to understand how other people’s lives are so very different from our own and to understand some of the ways in which this is the case. The children could engage with seeing where money they raised is going and in what ways it helps, as well as developing an understanding that even when people have had such troubled lives, and have so little, they still have their faith and aspirations to achieve in the future.

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