Geography at St Robert Bellarmine Primary School
At St Robert Bellarmine our aim in Geography is to make children more aware of their own surroundings and to make sense of them. The children will look at where they and other people live both in Britain and the World. As well as studying different people and their surroundings, topics such as: weather, climate, landforms, rivers and their surroundings are also considered. With the environment being a key issue, children are made aware of the quality and vulnerability of their world. They discuss ways in which we can take more care of it.
As well as gaining knowledge, the children learn geographical skills, such as fieldwork and mapping. Activities such as planning journeys and reading maps are only some of the ways these skills are taught.
We also have access to the resource Digimap, a resource for the children to use to help support and develop their mapping skills.
Geography Topics by Year:
Physical and Human Geography - What do we see on our journey around the world.
Physical and Human Geography-What is the difference between Liverpool and Brazil?
Local Study -What would Dora the Explorer find exciting about Liverpool?
Physical and Human Geography- What is it like in Sierra Leone?
Physical and Human Geography -Where do different animals live?
Local Geography - Do you like to live by the seaside?
Physical and Human Geography - Why do so many people go to Spain for their holidays?
Physical Geography -What makes the earth so angry?
Geographical Knowledge- Where in the UK are we?
Location Knowledge- Where on Earth is the UK?
Physical and Human Geography- Why do so many people holiday in Greece?
Physical Geography - How does water go round and round?
Physical and Human Geography - Why do so many people holiday in Mexico?
Physical and Human Geography- The Rainforests
Physical Geography- The Sefton Coastline
Human Geography- What makes India tick?
Physical Geography- An ever changing world
To also support our African drumming Year 6 will also have the opportunity to learn about the art and culture of Africa.
Geography Field Trip: Investigating Sefton's Coastline.
Exploring our Local Area
Chester Zoo Trip
African Multi-Cultural Assembly
Year 3 wrote letters to children in Year 3 in a Spanish school find out more about Spanish culture and lifestyle. They wrote in English to allow their Spanish penpals to practice their language skills. They are so excited to receive their replies!
Spanish Weather Forecast
Volcano Homework Projects
Map and Atlas Work
TeachAbility UK 2019
Year 5 children had the opportunity to take part in a series of events and activities to celebrate the global link that music provides for us all.
We had the opportunity to host children and staff from Sierra Leone for en entire day and show them what school life was like in St Robert Bellarmine.
Some of our Y5 pupils had the opportunity to sing at the Philharmonic Hall as part of the "In Harmony: A Global Community" concert with pupils from across Sefton and Liverpool as well as Sierra Leone. It was a magical evening of music and singing and our children performed brilliantly in front of an appreciative audience of hundreds!
These same children then attended the Global Pupil Conference at English Martyrs PS for
all of the schools involved in our partnership to engage in workshops led by Liverpool World Centre. The workshops focused on Zero Plastics and we learnt some staggering facts!
The children engaged in the workshops with pupils from All Saints in Anfield, English Martyrs and Fano International School as well as Freetown School for the Blind in Sierra Leone. The children worked so well together and it was wonderful to see how creative they were with their ideas for reusing and recycling plastic - we had bird feeders, baby shakers, eco bags, even a basketball game using a lid as a the ball and a bottle as the basket!
Each Year group explores and learns about a country through one of their Geography topics. They will learn about the country geographically and culturally. To celebrate the topic we hold an assembly and the children will share their new knowledge. Our hall is also decorated with the children's artwork surrounding their country.
Year 1 Geography
For our Year 1 Geography Topic we have been thinking about the question: what will we see on our journey around the world?
We have been learning about lots of different places. To begin each lesson, we examine some clues in our suitcase to guess where we might be travelling to. We even explored the place we were visiting using our Atlas, and found the place on a map.
In line with their Physical Geography topic 'How does water go round and round?' Year 4 were visited by Kingfisher Education, who delivered a stimulating Water Cycle and Water Efficiency Workshop. This was fun and interactive, and provided pupils with a unique learning experience in relation to the water cycle. The children loved acting out the water cycle as this enabled them to discover the journey water takes. By the end of the workshop, the pupils had learnt how to be water efficient and the importance of ‘Think before you Flush’ in order to save water. A team discussion about water in developing countries was thought-provoking, and the children realized that they should not take the water they use and drink every day for granted. Finally, the children heard about the dangers of entering open water such as a reservoir.
Year 5 visited the beach to learn more about their physical geography topic. The lifeguards were very informative and taught the children how to keep safe at the beach. The children also studied the coast to learn about changing coastlines.
Year Six visited Moel Famau and walked all the way to the top. During our walk, our leaders talked about the landscape and allowed the children to use some mapping tools.