Learning Outside the Classroom is an essential element of high quality history and geography teaching. The National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) is an excellent resource to facilitate such learning experiences. Many schools are already confident of using the site to develop their history. We would like to suggest that at the same time, you could be enriching the visit by also having a geography curriculum purpose. This general information about opportunities for local geography and fieldwork within the National Curriculum will help you to achieve this. These ideas can be applied to the NMA or any local area enquiry that has a geography focus.
We should always be clear of the purpose of any visit, and try to ensure that we seek to optimise the visit by supporting any experiences with careful curriculum planning.
There are some more specific ideas outlined below.
Opportunities for Primary Geography at the Arboretum
Key Stage 1
- Identify seasonal / daily weather patterns in the UK
- Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to local features
- Use four compass directions and simple vocabulary
- Use aerial images and other models to create simple plans and maps using symbols
- Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the immediate environment
Key Stage 2
- Use 8 points of compass, symbols and keys
- Describe and understand rivers
- Use fieldwork to observe, measure and record
- Understand land-use
- Use 4 and 6 figure grid references on OS maps
- Use fieldwork to record and explain areas
We have also included below some links to external websites that have informed out thinking and practice.
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is the national voice for learning outside the classroom.
The Field Studies Council believes the more we know about and take inspiration from the world around us the more we can appreciate its needs and protect its diversity and beauty for future generations.
The Geography Expert Advisory Subject Group shared this fieldwork advice – we found it useful and hope that you do too.