Year 5 enjoy glorious sunshine on annual Geography field trip

Year 5 enjoyed two days of glorious sunshine in September as they took part in the annual Geography field trip to Godstone and Bay Pond. 

The pupils used a range of different resources including photographs, digital technologies, maps, questionnaires, Environmental Quality Surveys and their own personal observations. Once again the pupils had the opportunity of collecting data using iPads, which was input into GIS software at the activity centre. The students were amazed by the technology here!

The day was divided into two sessions – ‘Map and Compass’ and ‘GIS Village Study’.

Session 1: Map and Compass

The session began with a map work introduction where the children labelled points on a map of the county; then again on a close-up map of the local area.This helped them to practice both their location skills and their use of grid references. They were also introduced to 6 figure grid references which they applied later in the session. Contour models were used to explore contour lines, allowing them to view the landscape in 3D.

The second part of the session taught the children how to use a compass correctly and read eight-point compass directions. The children followed a trail using clues given in 6 figure grid references, to reinforce and apply their previous work and used their compass to orientate themselves on the map. The intrepid navigators enjoyed finding their way by compass.

Session 2: GIS Village Study

The pupils then completed a village study and collected data for input into GIS (Geographical Information Systems). They also practiced map skills by tracking their route through the village and locating the landmarks. Once they had completed the village study, each group collated their EQS data for input into a laptop. They could then view the result on a GIS map and make comparisons with last year’s data. It was fascinating to see how much or how little the data had changed in certain areas.

The pupil’s returned to St George’s happy and relaxed after having learnt a range of new geographical skills in the Surrey countryside!

24 October 2018

View all news

More Junior School

  • Antony Hudson, Headmaster of the Junior School, elected as Chair of CISC
    Antony Hudson, Headmaster of the Junior School, elected as Chair of CISC
    8 September 2021

    Read more

  • EXCELLENT in all categories for Junior School and College - Independent Schools Inspectorate
    EXCELLENT in all categories for Junior School and College - Independent Schools Inspectorate
    8 September 2021

    Read more

  • Black Lives Matter Campaign - an open letter
    8 September 2021

    Read more