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Geography Subject Leader - Emily Mansfield

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Vision for Geography at OJS

At Oatlands Junior School, we aim to inspire in our pupils a lifelong curiosity about the world and its people. Through high quality learning experiences, all pupils will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to explore the world on their doorstep and beyond.

How is geography taught at and what does it look like at OJS?

Geography skills and knowledge are taught through topic based work here at Oatlands Junior School. Topics are taught and entwined in the curriculum either termly or half termly, alternating with the children's history lessons.

During Geography sessions, children build upon their learning – year on year – through a development of: 

- Location knowledge

- Place knowledge

-Human and physical geography

- Geography skills and fieldwork

This is achieved through a variety of whole-class teaching, group activities and individual tasks. Within these lessons, students will be given the opportunity to practise, consolidate and extend their Geographical skills, as well as critically evaluate the work of their peers.

What will your child leave OJS knowing, understanding and appreciating in geography?

By the end of your child's time here with us at Oatlands Junior School, they will have had a rich and varied experience through the teaching and learning of geography.

Children can confidently use fieldwork to observe, measure and record findings of human and physical features in our local area using sketch maps, plans and digital technologies, through yearly fieldwork trips into the local area and beyond. In Year 4 the children complete a survey of our local area and in Year 6 the children further these skills on their residential trip to East Barnby. 

Year on year and even lesson by lesson, children build upon their location and place knowledge. We always talk about where things occur, whether this be in history lessons, English lessons or even science lessons. Children can confidently locate places in atlases on maps and using digital technologies.

What do pupils at OJS think about geography?


'I love learning about the rainforest and all of our learning is about it!' ~ Year 3 Pupil


'We learn about the local area and about mountains, rivers and coasts. I have learnt so many new facts!' ~ Year 4 Pupil


'We have been comparing people and places - where we live is very different to towns in other countries! We are also learning about climate change, there is lots we can to to help.' ~ Year 5 Pupil


'I have learnt lots about the world around me in our topic, Earth Matters'. ~ Year 6 Pupil



Autumn 2020

Geography has been taught in Year 4 and Year 5 this term. In Year 4 the children have been learning about our local area, Harrogate. They have been locating the town and looking at its human and physical features whilst also working on their map skills. In Year 5 the children have been asking the question 'What would it be like to grow up in another part of the world?'. They have explored answers to this by investigating different towns in Europe and in North and South America.


Years 5 and 6 have started the year off by looking at our area. Year 6 have been comparing Harrogate to Whitby, while Year 5 have been comparing Harrogate and Knaresborough. We have been working on our map skills, looking at different Ordinace Survey maps, the symbols, what they mean and how they can help us. Learning how to use a compass was certainly a challenge, the children used these to navigate their way around the playground. Year 6 found this helpful during their orienteering activities in Dalby Forest, while on residential at East Barnby. 


Years 3 and 4 are looking forward to their topic 'Mountains, Rivers and Coasts', where they will be learning lots about the different landscapes around them, as well as those further afield. 

2019-2020 Long Term Plan



In years 3 and 4, our topic is The Yorkshire Dales, where we are learning about map skills (map symbols, OS maps and grid references) and our local area.   


In years 5 and 6 our topic has been locating towns, cities, counties, and rivers in the UK and Europe. We have learnt about the use of atlases and are enjoying the use of our new class iPads to find information. Our next topic is Climate Change where we are looking forward to finding out how we can reduce the effects that our actions have on the climate. 


Year 5 and 6 have also been learning about Climate Change. We have learnt all about the different biomes in the world and how our actions can impact them. We have also created posters which show our audience how they can reduce their carbon footprint to help look after our planet.


Thank you to the PTA who have bought each class an inflatable globe to help us with our topics!

Geography Superstars!

Thomas (Y6), Abigail (Y5), Ella (Y4) and George (Y3) have all been working hard on their map skills. They can locate many cities, towns, counties and rivers within the united kingdom. Can you? Look in the link 5/6 corridor to spot their hard work!


Cultural House Event

What we've been learning about...

In years 3 and 4, our topic has been, 'Why do people visit the Mediterranean?', where we learnt about the countries on the Mediterranean Sea, the climate and what might attract people to visit. For our homework, we enjoyed choosing a recipe from a Mediterranean country to make - the resulting dishes were delicious!


In years 5 and 6 our topic has been Mapping. We have learnt about the use of map symbols and keys, six figure grid references and scale. We enjoyed applying this to the local area, creating a walking tour of Harrogate. We have also looked further afield, using our atlas skills to explore the counties of the UK and the countries of Europe. 



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