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We saw it… we want it improved! Anthony Barlow, Year 3 teacher, Geography/ICT subject leader, St Peters Smithills Dean C.E Primary School, Bolton.

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1 We saw it… we want it improved! Anthony Barlow, Year 3 teacher, Geography/ICT subject leader, St Peters Smithills Dean C.E Primary School, Bolton. GA CONFERENCE 2009 INVESTIGATING GEOGRAPHY ** For a full version of this presentation with all the original images, please me.

2 To tell you about our cross-curricular project using ICT/ Literacy/ music/ drama to promote Geographical fieldwork. To tell you about our cross-curricular project using ICT/ Literacy/ music/ drama to promote Geographical fieldwork. Use some practical investigative Geography tools. Use some practical investigative Geography tools. How to promote debate and thinking skills by getting out there. How to promote debate and thinking skills by getting out there. Places to go for support on how to lead on Geographical enquiry more effectively in school. Places to go for support on how to lead on Geographical enquiry more effectively in school. Aims…

3 Our project was all about impressions of where we were … what do you think of where you are? ManchesterManchesterppt Idea for SEN! Use emoticons instead of words. Google Images: Emoticons; cut out and use with a series of photos. Ask children to group them. Can promote the use of environmental index vocabulary. Go for a walk in your mind…

4 Where am I coming from? Primary Geography Quality Mark - silver Removing Barriers to Learning cluster project Young Geographers – GA/ TDA project Healthy Schools/ Active mark/ School Travel Plan / Every Child Matters/ SDP

5 Geography is…according to year 5s a lesson about countries of the world different places around the world a subject about the world the study of the countries and the continents of the world when you learn about the world a lesson about the world its all about the world and whats happening in it it is a subject where you learn about other countries and populations it is a lesson about the environment about the world, animals, nature, countries, towns and islands What shocked me: Where do we fit into all of this? Theres plenty about them, contrasting places, other environments, but little about us, now, and our future. It raised for me questions about fieldwork in KS2 – whats outside our window, down the road and what they pass on the way to school.

6 Our children were good at seeing the global view of the world…

7 Where does this fit in? Young Geographers = Living Geography The GA use this term for geography coming `alive for pupils. > it embraces young peoples geographies > it is current and futures oriented > it is often `local but always set in the wider (global) context > it investigates changing environments > it encourages critical understanding of `sustainable development The project emphasises four key aspects: > Engaging in practical 'curriculum making' > Capturing the sense of motivating 'living geography' > Learning Outside the Classroom > Education for Sustainable Development See:

8 These are examples from a Reception class group of children We took Reception class children out and about, but not the older children. Why?

9 Age range: KS2, taught in this instance 32 Year 5 pupils. Approach: A series of small-group, teacher-led walks with a class followed by group write-up sessions; with parallel, linked Literacy and ICT units of work. Concepts: Fieldwork, place and space, ESD. LESSON 1: Small Groups of 6-10 children. Going Outside! LESSON 2: Small Groups of 6-10 children. Creating our Map! LESSON 3: Whole-class Literacy. Writing our recount! LESSON 4: Whole-class ICT. Creating our Photostory3 Recount! LESSON 5: Whole-class. Sharing our work! The project…

10 What do you now think? Write down your reactions… Imagine what a ten year old would think! Smithills ppt

11 Staff love the school… love the green, leafy environment… but the children thought otherwise!

12 How did they record this? - Maps - Photostory Photostory - Literacy Literacy

13 What did we get out of the experience? Quality talk about their man made and natural environment… they were brutally honest! The mundane and everyday, i.e. road signage and markings The practical - Why does the pavement suddenly stop? What is this grey box on my street? It was the Royal Mail storage box for the postmans second round Why are there so many different types of grid? We found at least 10 types in one circular walk. Is this because of theft/ replacement over many different periods? Why is the road surface so bad and whats underneath? We found ourselves sprayed with grit from the road when the traffic sped past. The council are seriously thinking about removing the tarmac, exposing the original cobbled streets and claiming these as cost-saving traffic calming measures. What is the raised bobbly pavement as you cross the road? For the blind etc. The shocking graffiti, litter, multiple dog/horse messes, dead birds.

14 Journey sticks… affective mapping - Opportunity to retrace a journey - Promotes discussion about a place promoting enquiry skills - Links to thinking skills See: Primary Geographer, Journey Sticks and Affective Mapping, Spring 2006, Jane Whittle This is a long map of a sequence of photos retelling the journey taken, with impressions and litter, debris etc they picked up from their journey

15 Making maps of where the children have walked – really fixes in their minds what they have seen. Begins the process of saying this inanimate object = that or this in the real world. Improves development of spatial awareness.

16 The children were charged with emotion and wanted to do something! The project spread – we got some great recounts…

17 Following our work we put on a time-travel performance called : Saving Smithills:2028 The children wrote the script, changed words to popular songs like the hit from Oliver: Who will buy… became: Who will clean this horrible rubbish/ Such a mess you never did see/ Who will clean it up with a bucket/ And put it in the bin for me… etc! if you would like the script.

18 So what were their conclusions? To the children the audience for the work was clear – those in power - and the children were very eager to share their findings more widely. It was one of those tasks where the children instantly saw through the barriers and began to fire off solutions. Perhaps alarmingly (to an adult) the most popular solution was installing CCTV to catch wrongdoers and heavily fine/ remove cars from speeding motorists!

19 Where are we going next? School Travel Plan - traffic, travel, our immediate environment VLE – exciting school linking using audio/ video Please join a Geography Champions group… theres one near you! Or even better join the BAD Geographers! Anthony Barlow, Year 3 teacher, Geography/ICT subject leader, St Peters Smithills Dean C.E Primary School, Bolton.

20 Anthony Barlow: Come and join the BAD Geographers! (Bolton and Districts) Thursday 21st May 2009 at St Peters Smithills Dean CE Primary School, Limefield Rd, Bolton Preston Meeting held on …Wednesday 6th May 2009 Other local Geography Champions contact: Theresa Donnelly :


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