Fieldwork Skills – Class 1

In Class One we observe and monitor daily weather patterns, recording our findings on a class chart. We also use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of our school and our grounds and the key human and physical features of our surrounding environment. We learn to use simple world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries.

Fieldwork Skills – Class 2

In Class Two we undertake fieldwork to develop knowledge and understanding of our school and the wider local area e.g. housing, roads, churches, shops and the parks. We also use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features to devise a simple map and use basic symbols in a key. We use simple compass directions, North, South, East and West and positional and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map.

Fieldwork Skills – Class 3

In Class 3 we use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping including Google Earth to locate countries and describe features studied. We learn about the eight points of a compass, 2 figure grid reference as in maths co-ordinates. We also identify some basic symbols and the use of a key, including the use of simplified Ordnance Survey maps, to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world. We also use fieldwork to observe and record the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketching maps, plans and graphs, and using a range of digital technologies.

Fieldwork Skills – Class 4

In Class 4 we continue to build our confidence and accuracy in using a variety of maps and atlases.We also begin to use other digital technologies to accurately locate countries and describe a range of features studied. We extend our understanding of direction and learn to begin to use four-figure grid references. We further develop our fieldwork skills to measure and record the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps with Ordnance Survey symbols, plans, graphs, and digital technologies.

Fieldwork Skills – Class 5

In Class 5 we develop the range of map features we are able to identify and describe using an increasing range of tools. We extend our understanding of direction to accurately read four-figure grid references, and begin to use detailed symbols and keys, including the use of Ordnance Survey maps, to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom in the past and present. We further develop the application of fieldwork skills to independently study focus areas.

Fieldwork Skills – Class 6

In Class 6 we learn to identify all the features of Ordnance Survey maps, including interpreting and drawing contour lines and studying maps for non-UK countries. We also extend our skill set to use 6 figure grid references, teaching latitude and longitude in depth. We further develop fieldwork skills to independently study areas for our own lines of enquiry.