"Geography underpins a lifelong
‘conversation’ about the earth as the
home of humankind."
At St Cecilia’s Catholic Junior School, we feel it is important to encourage a curiosity and respect for the world around us and a sense of pride in where we come from. Through our geography curriculum and valuable learning experiences, we prepare our pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to make sense of the world and face the challenges that will shape our societies and environments at local, national and global scales.
Throughout the school, children will learn about diverse cultures, people and places, allowing them to thrive socially, morally, culturally and spiritually. They will explore human and physical features, discuss how these differ across the world and consider the processes that form and change them.
At our school, we also aim to build upon pupils’ skills, conceptual understanding and use of geographical vocabulary. We believe that this underpins thinking ‘geographically’ about the changing world and will prepare our pupils to live sustainably.
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At St Cecilia's Catholic Junior School, the teaching of geography is at the heart of the Spring Term's 'Explore' theme. Each year group will embark upon meaningful projects to answer a 'BIG QUESTION'.
Year 3 - What impact does Tectonic activity have on the Earth?
Year 4 - How does water change our world?
Year 5 - How does the relationship between biomes and climate affect biodiversity?
Year 6 - Are we damaging our world?
Take a look at some of the amazing work that the children completed during their projects!
Year 3 have been studying volcanoes and earthquakes during their geography lessons, we then used Shadow Puppet Edu to show off facts we have learnt about volcanoes.
For our Big Finish, we answered our geography enquiry question 'What impact does tectonic activity have on Earth?'
In groups, we put together PowerPoint presentations to answer this question and demonstrated EVERYTHING we have learnt during our geography lessons! Take a look at our incredible work!
The children also received feedback from a geography expert at Liverpool Hope University. Take a look at the constructive response below!
Year 4 received a visit from the Mersey Rivers Trust. They brought invertebrates from the River Mersey for the children to look at.
What our pupils think about Geography at St Cecilia's.
Isla (Year 3) - It is important that we learn about earthquakes and volcanoes because we need to know how to react.
River (Year 3) - I liked learning about where lava comes from.
Grace (Year 4) - I liked learning about how a river is formed from the Water Cycle.
Purissima (Year 4) - I liked using an atlas to find countries and rivers.
Savannah (Year 5) - I have learnt that deforestation, pollution and global warming can affect a biome.
James (Year 5) - I liked learning about the weather in South America.
Kaitlyn (Year 6) - Biomes are important because they provide different environments and habitats for animals. Animals are adapted to certain environments.
Mason (Year 6) - We can protect biomes by stopping deforestation and using less palm oil.
Even during the Covid-19 lockdown (Spring Term 2020), the pupils of St Cecilia's found time to study geography. Take a look at some of their hard work!
World Earth Day in celebrated on 22nd April every year. This year marked the 50th year of Earth Day and the theme was 'Climate Action'. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.
To celebrate World Earth Day, pupils were challenged to try out a number of activities including those provided via the 'Into Film' and 'Pobble' weblinks. They were also asked to think about what our Earth will look like in 2070, representing their ideas in the form of a poster, leaflet, video or PowerPoint.
During the lockdown, we celebrated World Environment Day and World Oceans Day; a time to think about and take action towards protecting our environment. The pupils at St Cecilia's were given the opportunity to do this through some geography themed challenges.
Pupils were challenged to write a formal, persuasive letter to the Environment Secretary, The Rt Hon George Eustice MP, expressing their concern about the growing litter problem following the easing of lockdown restrictions and the impact that littering has.
Take a look at some of the children's fantastic letters.
We recognise that a lot of typical packed lunch items are all packaged with single-use plastic which is intended to be used only once before it is thrown away or recycled. The amount of plastic we use is causing considerable damage to the environment and is threatening thousands of seabirds, sea turtles, seals and other marine mammals each year.
In light of this, the children were tasked with making a packed lunch free of single-use plastic. Take a look at their delicious lunches below!
As an extension of the Geography/Writing Challenge, pupils were asked to design a poster which deters people from littering. They were encouraged to use a catchy slogan, include key facts highlighting the negative impacts of littering and to be as creative as they can, using a variety of materials.
Check out some of their fantastic posters below!