At Bracebridge Infant and Nursery School the children love learning about their surroundings right from the Early Years Foundation Stage. They begin by looking at their school surroundings and environment. Here they investigate areas they like and dislike and what they could do to improve their local area. Children begin to discover where their environment fits in with the wider world as they look at simple atlases and globes.
In Key Stage 1 skills are further developed. The children broaden their environment investigation into the local area. They begin to understand the impact on the environment and carry out traffic surveys. The children then further their investigations to look at the areas and landmarks within the British Isles through the Bright Lights, Big City and Towers, Tunnels and Turrets topics. They produce postcards and flags to represent their learning.
This knowledge continues to further expand to look at the world. Children investigate the world continents and oceans. They show their learning through making travel brochures, postcards, completing maps and writing diary accounts.
Finally the children look at the location of seaside resorts. They plot theses places on their own map of the British Isles using atlases as support. They then produce their own map with a key unique to them. They look at building types and uses and what makes a seaside town popular. The children further look at their map reading skills, plotting seaside towns on maps and using directional map related vocabulary as part of their Land Ahoy Beachcombers topic.