A Year 4 class learns about invaders in Somerset A valuable programme offering tips and advice on the planning and running of fieldtrips.

In a lesson on invaders, settlers and settlements, teacher Deborah Lord takes her Year 4 class on a geography field trip to the hill behind their school from which there is a clear view of the Somerset Levels. From here the children can see various villages and how they are connected.

Deborah sets the class various challenges. They must note the details of the landscape as they journey up the hill and fill out worksheets and a sketch map once they have reached the top, based on their observations.

The programme shows how the pupils are able to extend their knowledge of place and environment by studying their own locality. Their geographical vocabulary as well as their fieldwork techniques are extended by looking at features of both human and physical geography.

Watching this field trip are two geography experts, who comment on the organisation and content of the lesson.

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