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Enriching experiences

Antoni Gaudi Architecture


To coincide with our study of Barcelona, Year 4 took a closer look at the outstanding architecture of Antoni Gaudi to recreate a famous sculpture, located in Parc Güell, using his trademark, colourful designs. 

Using the following Geography National Curriculum objective:

  • name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics

The children focused on the human characteristics of the Gaudi sculputure when creating their own 3D lizard sculptures. It was a great opportunity for a closer, in-depth look at one of the main, tourist attraction, that is made up of human characteristics, of Barcelona- Parc Güell.


After learning about the human geography of Barcelona, I really enjoyed trying to recreate one of the iconic features. I think my lizard would look great on the side of a Gaudi building in Barcelona! – Scarlett, C7

River Study: The River Bollin


Watch this space for the amazing trip to Quarry Bank to visit and study the River Bollin. 


Whilst here, Year 4 will measure the temperature and flow of the River Bollin, identify the rivers key features, explore how the river can produce power and renewable energy as well as exploring the role erosion plays as consequence for meanders in the woods.


This trip links with two key National Curriculum Geography objectives:

  • use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to:  key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather
  • name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers). 


The dates of the trip are the following:


Thursday 23rd April 2020 - Class 5

Friday 24th April 2020 - Class 8

Monday 27th April 2020 - Class 7

Tuesday 28th April 2020. - Class 6


Make sure your wellies are ready!

PGL Residential


This year's PGL trip for Year 4 will take place Wednesday 29th April 2020 - Friday 1st May 2020.


Alongside all of the amazing activities completed during the residential at PGL, the children will also use their geographical skills, such as map reading and compass reading, to explore the landscape in more detail. 


We will be focusing on the following National Curriculum objectives whilst at PGL:

  •  use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world
  • use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.