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Geography Intent at Holy Family


Geography is essentially about understanding the world we live in. It helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. At Holy Family, children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it and to enhance their cultural capital and know about life beyond Stainforth. The geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferrable to other curriculum areas. Geography is an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. At Holy Family our intent, when teaching geography, is to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

Year 1 have been learning all about countries within the UK such as Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales. We have explored their flags and how all four countries flags combined create the UK flag- The Union Jack. We have explored the meaning of the Union Jack flag, being united together. We have looked at famous landmarks and tourist attractions within the countries in the UK and how they have similarities and differences to each other. 

Year Two- How is living in Kenya similar and different to living in the UK?

Year 4 - What is the Amazon, why is it significant and should it be protected?

Year 4 have shown their creative talent when completing our geography unit- What is the Amazon, why is it significant and should it be protected?

Asia: Mountains, Earthquakes and Volcanoes- End of Topic

The children have learnt so much in their geography topic all about Asia. From describing human and physical features to explaining the effect of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, the children have recorded their work in the most creative ways. Take a look!

Map drawing in FS2

Reception children drew a map using their knowledge of the story, 'What the Lady Bird Heard.'

Do you think they made it to the prize cow?

Year 6 - Global Challenges

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King Charles and the Queen Consort Visit the City of Doncaster!

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The King Charles and Queen Consort Visit November 9th 2022

Children from Year 5 and Year 6 were lucky enough to be able to visit Doncaster on the most memorable of days- to see King Charles and the Queen Consort.

They travelled on the service bus to Doncaster where they were escorted to a VIP area to meet the royal visitors.

Take a look at the once in a lifetime trip below!

FS2 - Understanding the World - People, Communities and Culture

Who would have thought looking at the weather could be so much fun!

Children in FS2 have danced and copied actions, sang new songs, observed the weather and recorded their findings.

Children have been made aware of the changes that have occured in the world around them and have learnt that places change with seasons and over long periods of time. 




Year 4 - The USA

In Year 4 this half term, the children have been learning about the USA. We have explored where the USA is in the world, the population of the different states, what landmarks are there and completed some state studies. The children have completed maps and learnt lots of new information about the USA.

Year 6 Geography topic - Mapping the World

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The following shows a sample of work from Year 6 on their topic; Global Challenges. This topic allowed children to analyse climate change, borders, how we distribute the world's resources and ways ways to promote sustainability! 

Year 3 - Climate and Biomes

Year 2 - Life in Kenya

In Year 2, we have started our topic- 'Life in Kenya'. Using what we learnt about continents, we have discussed how Kenya is located in Africa. We found out which countries are next to Kenya and which is the closest ocean. We have also discussed the climate in Kenya and how this is similiar or different to the UK. 

Year 2- Planet Earth

In Year 2, we have been studying the continents of the World. We have studied the physical and human features of each continent, animals that may live there and the climate. 

New Geography Environments

Children are extremely excited to spend time exploring geography and history in depth and to focus on developing accurate historical and geographical terminology in their inviting immersive classrooms.

Reception children have been learning all about Lent around the world.

What you can do to help children learn Geography at home?

In Nursery we have been learning all about Stainforth. We learnt about key places in Stainforth, like the Colliery, our school and our church. We put these places on our very own map!

Year 5 Geography

Year 5 have now finished their learning journey. We learnt how volcanoes and earthquakes happen and researched the secondary effects that occur from these devastating natural disasters. Take a look below at some of the amazing work the children produced.

Year 5 -Asia- Spring 2

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Year 5 Geography

Year 5 have started their Geography learning journey. They have studied physical and human features of Asia, studied continental drift and tectonic plates. They have found out what hard and soft borders are and where they exist in Asia. Year 5 have also studied how mountains are formed. 

Year 4 Amazon Research

Year 4 have been researching about the animals and habitats located in the Amazon Rainforest in South America. They have learnt about a capybara, pygmy marmoset and a jaguar.

Reception have looked at flags and written the names of countries linked to Chinese New Year.

Year Two news round report about Planet Earth

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Year 2 have written an information text about our topic Planet Earth. We started by learning the seven continents of the world as well as the five main oceans. Then we built on that knowledge by learning interesting facts about each continent. We compared the size and population as well famous landmarks and amazing wildlife that each continent had to offer. We have made a news round report to show all we have learnt on our learning journey about Planet Earth so far.

Geographical learning displays at Holy Family are everywhere: walls, windows, display boards and ceilings. Thought has been given to learning prompts, key vocabulary and knowledge organisers. All of which celebrate the achievements of children.

Beautifully presented work in our topic books. Children think really hard about being creative when presenting their work.

The whole school enjoyed an 'Around the World' lunch experience this week. All of the food choices were linked to topics and the children really enjoyed trying new flavours. The children were also excited to be in with the chance of winning a Subway voucher, kindly donated by our local Subway shop, to continue their experience of tantalising their taste buds!. Children were also entered into a draw to win a weeks pass of eating earlier than their friends in the dining hall.

These girls in Reception followed prepositional directions to help Zog find his way back to school.

Reception children enjoyed watching Newsround and learning all about what is happening in the world they live.

Year One- Geography Homework 'Modes of Transport' January 2022

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We are exploring different modes of transport in our current Geography topic 'Transport and Travel'. Year One did a fantastic job of researching and creating their own favourite modes of transport. We then discussed them together and now have them on display in our fantastic immersive classroom for all to see! Well done Year One!

Reception children have really enjoyed Understanding the World this week. They have learnt new vocabulary, made links, become familiar with the book, 'There are No Dragons in this Story' applied phonic knowledge, worked together to create aerial maps, learnt the features of their own immediate environment, learnt the name of the village and the town the school is located in and much, much more!

Learning in History and Geography- Autumn Term

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Some fantastic examples of learning in History and Geography across the school

Year 6 Mexico

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Come and look at Year 6's amazing immersive learning environment based on the theme of Mexico!

Year 6 The United Kingdom

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Year 6 have combined their computer and research skills to produced some super powerpoints about different countries in The United Kingdom.