Part2: St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, Sheffield. Developed by Lynne Biggs as part of the Geography and the Global Dimension Project - a joint project run by DECSY and the Geographical Association
St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School Part 2 Geography & the Global Dimension Project DECSY and the Geographical Association
WALT: identify key features of a city Children mind mapped the similarities and differences that they would expect to find when comparing our local area and the city. Together on IWB we looked at the city centre using google earth, and identified similarities and differences. Using www..... Together the class plotted the route that we would follow on our visit to the city centre to identify features of a city. We went on the city centre trip stopping at different points to gather information and compare the city with our local area.
Children looked at Google earth, to familiarise themselves with some of theareas of town we would be visiting on our City Centre trip.
Before the City Centre trip, we discussed what we had seen whilst on thelocal walk, and then thought about what we might see when we went intothe City Centre, and what the similarities and differences between the twoareas might be. This is a diagram to collate suggestions from the children of what we might see.
WALT: locate destinations on a map. Identify the four C’s (City, County, Country, Continent) we explained this by using a jigsaw. Children then used Atlas maps to locate England, South Yorkshire, Sheffield. The children explored the different maps in the Atlas and talked about what maps can show you. We then explained to the children what a continent is using the jigsaw idea again. Using a world map children located the different continents and added post it notes locating where their families were from. Showed images of St.Catherines using google earth and showed images of Niza trust School in Zambia using google earth. Showed children how to use the I-pad App “maps”. Children were given three specific tasks: 1.Locate Sheffield –search for their home 2.Locate Zambia 3. Locate the two school – Niza trust school, Choma and St.Catherines, Sheffield
Children using post- its to show their friends where their families come from.Here is an image thatsome of the childrenfound of Choma,Zambia, when theyused the Ipad mapapplication.
For this session, the children were shown a photograph of oneof the Y4 classrooms that we visited during our visit to NizaTrust school.The children were given some independent thinking time, thenasked to share their first thoughts with a partner. Somechildren then shared their first thoughts with the whole class.The children then split into small groups, to think of questionswe could discuss. The whole class then voted on the questionthey would like to answer. The question we then discussedwas “Why do people in Africa have less than we do?”Some of the children’s first thoughts about the stimulus areon the next slide.
“They don’t have enough to help “The school them to learn”- is very poor”- Sandali Khaliq“ I feel a bit sorry for them”- “They don’t have enough money”- Ofofon “They’ve just got a paper and pencil” - “They’ve only got one Juno partner but we’ve got lots of people to talk to”- Hope
The aim of the lesson was to challenge some of thechildren’s preconceptions about what life was like forchildren at Niza Trust School.We started off by showing some photos of the Zambia trip,and some slides of the comments the children had made atthe start of our Zambia topic.They were then shown different flipchart pages whichmerged together an image of St Catherine’s, and an imagefrom Niza Trust. The children then had to identify thesimilarities and differences between the pictures.
The children were able to identify that although the environment andfacilities are different, the children at Niza still go to school and learn,are still cared for, and have fun with their friends like the children at ourschool do.
The aim of the lesson was to discuss the weather we have in this country, and why it isn’t always the same. We introduced the concept of seasons; we explained that the earth rotates around the sun, and that the changes in weather we experience are caused by the Earth’s movement. The children then matched clothes and special events/hobbies with different seasons. They then compared the seasons here and in Zambia, and learnt that due to its position near equator, Zambia only has 3 seasons. This led to an explanation of how not every country has same seasons. www.our-africa.com/zambia
Here are some comments from the Year 3children, towards the end of the Zambia topic.
Our school has had a link with the Niza trust school in Choma,Zambia, for the past three years. During that time communicationbetween the schools has been difficult. The Geography and theGlobal Curriculum project has supported our children’s developedunderstanding of similarities and differences between their ownlives and those of the children in Choma.They were able to consider and compare where they live and theamenities available to them and their families, in their local andnearby city centre to those of a children who attend Niza Trustschool, in Choma.The children were shocked when they saw photographs of NizaTrust school. They could not understand the lack of facilities orwhy the children were not dissatisfied with what was available tothem. In discussion, children at St Catherine’s thought thatbecause the children at Niza did not have what they have, they
This year, a lot of the time was spent on the physical geography skills. Although children have developed an understanding that there is no single story, next year we would look to dedicating more time towards this through extended P4C sessions and circle times. Something that we would like to focus on more, is developing a better understanding of lifestyles; talking with the children about incomes, the value of money and the quality of life within both countries.Within the global dimension of diversity, we would like to focus more on differences in culture, customs and traditions.
ICTGoogle EarthGoogle mapsI pad app MapsBooks:Oxford Junior Atlas.Websites:www.map.bndf.co.uk map of Burngreave for the local areawalkwww.shu.ac.uk/_assets/pdf/SelfGuidedTourSheffieldCentre.pdfmap of city centre for the city centre trip and map work.www.our-africa.com/zambia
How to involve the community:• Open morning, showing parents the work thechildren have taken part in over the course of theproject.•Tourism role play; turn classroom into a travelagents! Posters of Zambia made by children;different groups explain different aspects of topic toparents-Eg. weather and climate, local amenities, etc.