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Geography

At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Personal, Social, Health, and Economic (PSHE) education is embedded within our

overarching curriculum that prepares our children for many different aspects of their lives.  

Our overall goal is to help our children to become well-rounded individuals with strong character, who will eventually go out into the world of adults and be actively and positively involved in society.   In order to do this, we are striving to create a conducive environment around the school and this year we have created our own specific Personal Development Curriculum that is entwined with our academic curriculum.

Our curriculum aims to provide engagement and enrichment and through this, we aim for all children to have equal opportunities to thrive together.  

Billie Jean King Class have been learning about hot and cold countries, where they are in the world, how the equator affects them and what animals adapt to live there.

Pele Class have been learning all about rainforests this half term. Where they are in the world, the different layers and the living things found there.

Chinese New Year - thank you so much to Samuel's mum for providing us with these lovely gifts. We have loved speaking about each zodiac sign and the origins of Chinese New Year.

The Creepy Crawly Man came to visit us today, he spoke to us about all his mini-beast and the children were brave and held some.

Fleetwood Lantern Parade - St Mary's families joined Fleetwood as the Christmas lights were switched on.

For 'Oceans of plastic' week King Class learnt all about how plastic pollution spoils our oceans and how it endangers the sea wildlife. We then made posters about it.

Academic year 22-23

Children Of The World Disco KS1

Children Of The World Disco KS2

Explorer Day!

A real-life explorer came to visit us at school. In his whole school assembly he showed us where he had travelled to including the Arctic, how he got there and the animals he saw along the way. He even showed us his rucksack and his tiny tent! After that we completed an orienteering activity in the playground, the KS1 children learnt the points of the compass and the KS2 children used compasses to find flags around the playground on a map of our school grounds.

King Class have been learning about the continents and oceans of the world.

'The Bird Man' from Eagle Heights.

Today we were lucky enough to have a whole school assembly from ‘The Bird Man’ of Eagle Heights. He spoke to us about his birds, his role in looking after them and what a big responsibility they are. We got to see them flying around the hall and some of us even had our picture taken with them. We also talked about adaptation, what they eat and how dangerous they can be, because they may be cute but they are predators! The birds even left us with a bit of a smelly present...eww! We learnt lots of facts and had plenty of fun!

Comparing our four nations

 

Woods Class - Our geography focus is the wonderful United Kingdom. This afternoon, the children used i pads to look at similarities and differences between our four nations, such as landmarks, national dress etc. 

Academic year 21-22

Drake Class have been learning all about the Maasai Tribe in Kenya and their cultures. We then made our own interpretation of African necklaces.

Drake Class have been creating art work based on the African plains.

Drake Class- In geography we have been learning about 'The Big Five' of Africa by researching the internet and creating fact files about the animals.

Columbus Class-In Geography/ Science, we have been looking at the different seasons. Today we went on a Spring Walk and made our own, ‘Spring in a bottle’ full of leaves, buds, flowers etc...

Drake Class-In geography today we have started to look at Kenya in Africa, we used Google Earth to find out where Kenya was in relation to Fleetwood and then we used atlases to find the capital city, Mount Kenya and other landmarks.

Before you finish eating breakfast this morning, you’ve depended on more than half
the world.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Fair Trade assembly Cardinal Allen Catholic High School came to deliver an assembly all about Fair Trade and why it is so important for the farmers and workers to receive their fair pay. People all over the world earn their living by growing food or making things to sell. Their food and products are shipped to other parts of the world and sold in shops. Many products in our supermarkets are made from things imported from less developed countries. However, unless they are paid a fair price for what they have produced, they will not have enough money for food, schooling, medicine or clothing. A huge thank-you to Mr Harding and his wonderful team for putting on such an engaging and informative assembly.

Drake Class designed Fair Trade posters.

Marco Polo Class learnt about Fairtrade, how important it is and designed posters.

Sir Francis Drake Class and Ernest Shackleton Class both had very important visits from our community Fire Brigade to discuss how to stay safe at home. They discussed how to make a fire plan with their parents and how to use the ‘stop, drop and roll’ technique. The older children were also given tips on staying safe when out and about by themselves.

Merian told Drake Class all about 'Baba Marta Day' which is celebrated in Bulgaria on the 1st March. It celebrates that Spring is coming, trees are in blossom and everyone exchanges good wishes and red-and-white threads.

Tower Wood Residential Trip -On our tour of the lake district today, we learnt all about the Romans and the Vikings and how settlements have changed. We also spoke about different rock types and how the weather has changed them/how caves have evolved over time.

Year 4 using the atlases to locate and identify the countries in Europe.

KS1 had a special assembly today with 'The Creepy Crawly Roadshow', they learnt about minibeasts and their habitats and the children sat beautifully and asked really thoughtful questions to find out new amazing facts. They even held the snakes and mini beast, they were so brave!

To start our new topic of 'Our Local Area' in Drake Class we used fieldwork skills to locate features in the school grounds. We split into groups and took photographs of locations around school then we came back to the classroom to create maps of the school grounds with symbols and keys. We then discussed the compass points to give directions to each place we photographed. The groups then showed the class their maps and discussed the symbols that they used to represent their key locations in the school grounds.

We couldn't go to the beach today so we brought the beach to Drake Class! We have been writing a story about 'The little monster who saved the ocean' in English, have discussed how to stay safe on the beach and how to look after our environment. The children enjoyed different activities and watched a Punch and Judy show with ice-cream.

What happens when we can't go to the beach? We bring the beach to Columbus Class! 

In geography we have been looking at our local environment and today we spoke about Physical and Human features that we may see on our route to school. What a better way to think about this than to bring the beach to Columbus class! We also discussed how to keep safe at the beach and what our roles and responsibilities are in looking after our local area.