Geography at Monkwray
At Monkwray, we aim to provide our children with a high-quality geography education which will inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people whilst also appreciating the beauty of our local area and the opportunities to explore geography on our doorstep. We hope that our teaching will equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
Be brave enough to try new experiences and explore the unknown
Be brave enough to encourage others to care about our planet
Be brave enough to ask questions and explain your opinions and ideas
Be bright and make links between your geography topics
Be bright and explore a range of maps to better understand our world
Be bright and ask questions to help you understand
Be proud of where you live and your local community
Be proud to share about the places you have been and where you would like to go.
Be proud to wonder about the world and its places and people.
Miss S Styles – Geography Subject Leader. Updated December 2020.
Latest on our Geography Blog:
Exploring Erosion – Local Coast Walk
As a part of our geography study of coasts in year 6, we went on a local coastal walk and we observed the evidence of erosion both visible from the harbour and Kells area. Mrs Banks lead our walk and was able to explain to us about the change in landscape that she has noticed over the years. We also discussed and considered the impact of this erosion on humans. As a part of this, we used our iPads to create news report videos, explaining that we were on location in Whitehaven and explained about the cause and consequences of the erosion that we could see.
Official Opening of Whitehaven Harbour’s Sea Bin
In November, the school council and Miss Styles, were invited to the official opening of Whitehaven Harbour’s Sea Bin. On Tuesday 5th November, the school council walked down to the Harbour Project building where we heard from the organisers and some of those who had funded the Sea Bin and then we watched a video about its importance, why it is needed and who first thought of the idea. After this, we walked along the harbour to where the Sea Bin is positioned and we watched as the ribbon was cut and the Sea Bin was officially declared to be open and running. It was very interesting to watch the Sea Bin in action and we even cheered as we watched a floating sweet wrapper successfully being sucked in to the bin and out of our sea!
As a result of this visit, the school council worked with Miss Styles to create a presentation that they used in a whole school assembly to inform the rest of Monkwray about the Sea Bin and they are currently running a poster competition to help promote the importance of the Sea Bin.
Rivers Workshop with Rivers Trust
Year 5 have been looking at the journey, processes and features of rivers within their geography lessons. As a part of this topic, Cathy from Rivers Trust came in to school to deliver a workshop and then we followed this up with a visit to Lostrigg Beck where we completed many different activities: classifying animals found in the water, sketching the journey of the river, creating diagrams of a river from source to mouth using natural materials and lots more. We had a fantastic day and we hope to work with Cathy and Rivers Trust again in the summer term.