Geography is a vocabulary intense subject that can be hard to understand for students who have difficulties with memory retention and learning new word meanings. Wherever possible, real life experiences, visits, objects and photographs should be used to teach new concepts and vocabulary.
Symbol support reinforces vocabulary in a precise way
- unknown geographical vocabulary such as near, far, travel, journey, routes, features, attractive, holiday, costume, beach, transport, postcard, leisure; can be supported by symbols enabling pupils to have a greater understanding of their meaning.
- Activities supported with symbols provide pupils with opportunities to over-learn specific vocabulary by repetition
SIP Resource Packs
For a full list of symbol resource packs visit: www.widgit.com/resources
QCA Learning Objectives
Unit 1 Around our School -the local area
To understand the variety of features that form part of the local area; understand the part people play in developing and changing the area
Unit 4 Going to the Seaside
To recall information about the local area and use this to help them study a contrasting area, e.g. the seaside; recognise how each environment is different and changing; use a variety of resources to find out information
Unit 14: Investigating rivers
To learn about rivers and the effects they have on the landscape e.g. the components of the water cycle; how rivers erode, transport and deposit materials to produce particular landscape features; and the characteristics of a river system in another part of the world
Unit 23: Investigating coasts
A unit about coastal environments at local and regional scales. Within the 'water and its effects on landscapes and people' theme in the programme of study, schools may choose to study rivers or coasts.
For more details: www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/schemes2/geography/