At Stanley school, the geography curriculum is divided into three key stages and is as 'hands on' as possible, with a muti sensory approach.
Children first follow the foundation stage curriculum, where a sense of 'Place' is introduced, in 'Knowledge and Understanding', which incorporates geographical elements.This focuses on the childrn's own experiences, including places they have visited either with parents or on class trips. School borrows books, posters and artefacts from the teacher's centre for all topics, to enhance learning opportunities.
Children in key stage one, follow a three year plan. including topics such as France, Italy,Africa and the local area. Staff aim to make the work as meaningful as possible, e.g. children wearing clothes from differnt countries, handling artefactsand going on field trips or museums e.g. to see the'Africa' section and have enjoyed afternoons, with a drummer from the congo, in interactive sessions. We have had visits from Fair Trade, with opportunity for children to see artefacts and try on clothes from differnt African countires. Classes have made their rooms into Italian cafes and enjoyed making and tasting pizza and gelato! Children have tried French food including breakfasts and enjoyed playing boules. Music is played from countries being studied and children have had opportunity to hear some languages and sometimes have learnt words and phrases e'g' 'merci', 'bonjour' and 'ciao'. When studying the local area classes have used the school mini buses to go and see each others houses.
Key stage two children also follow a three year plan, including topics such as U.S.A. Asia and the local area. Staff make the subject cross curricular, e.g. including design technology, making model houses from countries being studied, music,listening to music from other countries, I.C.T. using the internet to study and find out information on topics, food technology , making and eating foods from other countries and art, using techniques and designs from country being studied.