Budding primary geographers from the Newquay area attended an inspirational Geography masterclass at Treviglas this week. Year 3 and 4 primary pupils from eight partner primary schools completed a wide range of activities designed to develop their geographical skills.
After a warm up task viewing the world from space, in which pupils identified landforms, cities and landmarks, they practised their map skills using local maps. The tasks, which required the pupils to work in teams, involved them confidently using and applying four figure grid references.
The team work continued when pupils designed and created their own earthquake-proof building from marshmallows and cocktail sticks. This included designing an architect’s drawing, looking at stability during an earthquake and creativity. Teams presented their final structures, and the thinking, development and reasoning behind them, to the whole group.
Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the more able masterclass, with Jake from St. Columb Major Academy saying, “I absolutely loved it.”
Delilah, from Goonhavern School, concluded, “I loved making the tower and our group won best overall structure!”
Mr. Keith Lewis, geography teacher at the college, commented, “The students enthusiastically approached the session, demonstrating creativity, ingenuity and a genuine understanding of the geographical areas being explored. Well done all!”