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Geography

 

 

We start Geography by visiting places and talking about them. Then we move onto to recognising the shapes of the continents, countries and UK's counties on a map or globe. There are fantastic, no-writing map puzzles for this, both from Montessori and from cheaper sources! Then we work out N, E, S and W - we live next to a N-S running trainline so the children always rely on the train track for directions!

 

We read lots of atlas books and books about the world's biomes, animal habitats, myths and legends from around the world, countries, religions, transport and environment. We learn about the geographies of the countries within our friendship and family circles and of whatever language we're learning.

Our History course involves map work and our Science includes climate, weather, Geology and biomes. We supplement the gaps with Collins Primary Geography, starting at book 3. We find the activities really help consolidate information.

Trips are a fantastic resource for Geography. Let them help with map-reading and satnav and discuss what is relevant to where you are going.

We also enjoy "country days" where we take a location and spend a day listening to its music, eating its food, making maps and doing activities relevant to that area.

Politics and Climate Change

Our kids are with us all the time. They see what enthuses us and what our political thoughts are. 

I take them on protests. They have written letters (mostly about climate change) to politicians and CEOs. 

One week, my daughter wrote letters to all the UK party leaders about climate change. Then we went on a climate march where, being small and cute, an organiser let her loose on the megaphone for a short span and she gave a mini speech. Her picture went in a local paper. Less than a week later Corbyn adopted the Green New Deal as a Labour policy.

As a 6 year old, there are few things quite as empowering as a political leader doing what you've asked them within a week.

We try our best in our limited way to show how individual actions can impact the political landscape around us. e.g. purchasing choices, dietary habits, the way we use the internet, how we upgrade our housing, vaccinations, the media we choose to absorb, to whom we choose to donate, using our voice, etc.

Beyond this, we try to provide lots of reading. There are so many great books, but Prisoners of Geography, Tim Marshall (the kids version), is fantastic for joining the global dots.

Examples of books and media we've enjoyed on political life includes:

  • Knock Down the House, Rachel Lears (follows AOC and others before they were famous)

  • Alexander Hamilton, Lin Manuel-Miranda

  • Citizenfour, Laura Poitras

  • Climate Change: The Facts, David Attenborough 

  • End of the Line, Robert Murray