Turn the garden into a classroom with geography at home
Field trips are some of the most fun and interesting times of year for kids. It’s an opportunity to get hands-on in a forest, knee-deep in a pond, or play in the dirt – all while learning about ecosystems and environments. On residential trips provided by outdoor education and activity experts, Kingswood, children learn about the creatures and ecosystems around us by delving into the world of minibeasts or getting involved with pond-dipping, as they learn about themselves too - discovering their own resilience, or their ability to work in teams.
But do you ever wonder what we can learn about the environments closer to home?
While some children will be returning back to school, with lockdown still in place and many still stuck at home, Kingswood expert and former geography teacher, Jonathan Thelwell, has put together some top tips on how we can keep our eager explorers busy by discovering geography at home in the back garden.
Create a sound map
When we’re in the garden, there’s often all sorts of noises coming from all around us, but we never really take notice. What if we did? Get your child to find a place outdoors, and mark a cross on a piece of paper to show where they are sat. Sitting still for a few minutes, ask them to listen to all the sounds they can hear and draw them on the paper.
Encourage children to become a real explorer. Using an old container from the house, challenge them to find at least one of the following:
- Something wet
- Something noisy
- Something old
- Something heavy
- Something shiny
- Something dry
- Something light
- Something dark
- Something they would like to keep
English weather can be unpredictable and give us anything from sun to rain. So why not help your children learn more about the elements through creating a weather diary and make a note on any changes?
Jonathan Thelwell, Business Development Manager at Kingswood, said: “It’s been a challenging time for parents recently. Many have had to balance their own jobs at home, while looking after children and keeping the house in order – but there’s also been the real added stress and anxiety of wanting to make sure the kids are still learning, in the absence of a qualified teacher.
“However, there are simple activities that can both keep the children occupied for some time and help them learn key skills. That’s why we’ve put together these suggestions for parents to try at home. A small taster of the environmental Primary School Fieldwork run by our specialists at Kingswood.
“After all, is there a more fun way to learn about the environment, than being out in it?”