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I’ve had a post in my head for a while about how we ‘do’ geography based work. I’ve put off writing it because it isn’t as straight forward as some of the other things that we do. Things like Maths and English and the such as relatively straight forward, and there are lots of curriculums out there you can follow.
I find that Geography and other humanities are such vast subjects that they don’t get covered in a straight forward way. We seem to cover lots of different elements of geography in a number of varied ways. We do the Sassafras books (we are currently on the anatomy one) and that sees the characters travel around the world. We have undertaken specific projects on ideas such as the continents. We have looked at the World Cup which in turn led to projects on Spain and South America. We have worked through the Geo Journey subscription packs and of course have explored the local geography of where we live, looking at ideas such as the physical landscape, lakes and rivers and how the lands and the areas that we visit have developed and how they’re used. Even looking at the history projects we have been working on recently has taken in geography as we consider why castles were located where they were and why marriages were arranged between different kingdoms.
But of course there are other things that they need to know; the physical geography ideas of earthquakes and volcanos, mountains and rivers and I intend to run a series of groups events in the autumn for the children and some of their friends focussing on these ideas which I hope will be well received. I’ve got some time to think about how to do these shorts groups and I’ve got a few ideas but need to flesh them out a little.
In the meantime, we continue to make use of the tools around us. We have a beautiful large map which we were gifted by Lanka KK hanging in our dining room, which is the main space the children use when they’re working. The map is useful when we come across new countries in Sassafras – we can pinpoint where it is, where the characters have travelled from and to. When we discuss football players it’s fun to try and find the different countries they’re from (and wonder what, other than money, brings them to the UK!)
I love having things like this around which are both stylish and provide a feature in the room as well as having an educational benefit too. The canvas we have is lovely and large and looks great on our wall. Happily, it’s lightweight too and is super easy to hang. It also has some stylish pins which you could use to plot out travels or countries you have been to.
Daniel has been reading a book called Goodnight World by Nicola Edwards and wonderfully illustrated by Hannah Tolson. It’s a lovely gently rhyming book that’s perfect for bedtime reading and follows bedtime around the world and teaches children how to say goodnight in a number of different languages. Daniel enjoyed reading this and looking to locate the countries on our map. It’s a great way to teach children about different ideas and cultures and I think this might be something we look at in our Geography projects next year.