1Good Geography always starts with… Who? What? Where? Why? When? Please note most images have been taken out from this presentationAnthony Barlow, GA EY and PP Committee
2Special places are sensory places What are our sensory memories of school?How do we as Geographers try to build these ‘sensory stores’ up for our learners the future?Can we do more to encourage the use of children’s senses?My contention is …yes, through fieldwork!
3My objectivesOver the past 3 summers I have wanted to explore with our year 3 + year 5 children: - what they know, where they go; getting them to stand and stop and stare and sense say. - to have a ‘sense of’ pride in their area, its history, what it’s like today, where it’s going… it’s c. cohesion in action! - give them the idea that Geography lets them off the leash, gives them a say, is exciting!
4Place: Holidays, local, national, global knowledge How? Through new cross-curricular themes or topics ‘My Favourite Place’ and Super Senses’Place: Holidays, local, national, global knowledgeSpace: journeys, getting aroundScale: understanding and making mapsSkills: how to investigate the world for themselves – fieldwork
5Summer holiday ‘home learning’ and a make ‘a journey stick’ idea
6Journey sticks Opportunity to retrace a journey See:Primary Geographer, Journey Sticks and Affective Mapping, Spring 2006, Jane WhittleOpportunity to retrace a journeyPromotes discussion about a placeChallenges youngsters to stand, stop, stare and sayAt 4 metres long… it is a touch, smell, sight-filling feast
8Your task… Look at the big books of places What senses do the pictures evoke? (write round the middle)What do you like… hate…want to know about … like to know more (wonder) about these places…I would do this with the children to try and build vocabulary, especially for writing!
9Final challenge: Zoom by Istvan Banyai How could we use this to create a sense of place, space and scale?Is this a way we can start to discuss the interconnected world from the personal>local>national>global with the youngest children?