At Christopher Pickering, we believe that enhancing our subjects is essential to further children’s understanding and passion for particular disciplines. We organise trips, host extra curricular clubs and often invite visitors in the help embed the children’s understanding and to bring learning to life.
Throughout the year we organise themed days/weeks to further develop the opportunities we give our pupils and regularly invite parents in to share and celebrate the achievements of the school.
Educational Fieldwork Visits
Year 1 – Summer Term
In the Summer term the Y1 children have the opportunity to visit our local coastal town of Bridlington. During the day, children have the chance to apply the skills and knowledge that they have learned at school, to identify and describe key human and physical features that they can see such as the harbour, shops (in particular fish and chip shops), the beach and cliffs. The children build upon their fieldwork skills by drawing annotated field sketches, they will describe the location of some of the things they see on a map and they will use locational and directional language. When they are on the beach, children investigate what they can find there and have the opportunity to sketch what they see.
Year 3 – Autumn Term
During the Autumn term, the children plan the route for and take a walk to the local War Memorial in Hessle using maps on a variety of scales but mostly the OS map. The children create sketch maps whilst at the site and then carry out traffic and pedestrian count surveys to answer the enquiry- Why was the War Memorial positioned here? The children consider the land use and human features of this small town whilst developing their geographic vocabulary.
Year 4 – Summer Term
As a comparative locality study to the Amazon Rainforest, the Year Four students make a visit to Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire. Here the pupils have the opportunity to carry out practical fieldwork skills of surveying, mapping and measuring. The pupils are involved with the planning of the visit and apply their mapping skills to plan the route for the coach driver. Whilst on the walk, the children use OS maps with 4 figure grid references to follow the walking route which they planned in school previous to the visit. After studying a Rainforest biome, the children are able to experience, first hand, the similarities and differences that are within this temperate/deciduous biome.
Year 5 – Summer
From Source to Mouth – The River Hull
During the summer term in Year 5, children have the opportunity to follow the journey of The River Hull. The children begin the day just outside Driffield and identify the river source and locate some of the springs with the assistance of OS Maps. Throughout the day, we stop off at various points along the River Hull where we identify features of the river such as the source, tributaries and meanders, study the type of ground the river cuts through and will be doing annotated sketches. The children observe how land use changes as they travel along the banks of the river and how tidal barriers are used to protect Hull from flooding. The children look for signs of river pollution and consider the effects of polluting the river at it’s source.
Can you label the continents of the world?