At Tree Tops pupils learn a wide range of Geography skills such as map and globe reading and can further their knowledge about topics such as places, environmental change, weather, water and transference.
Through a number of interactive activities children learn how to read and use maps, understand co-ordinates on a grid, plan routes and identify ordnance survey symbols. We provide opportunities for the children to study the area immediately round the school, then compare this to national and global locations. Pupils practically observe, discuss and research to find key comparisons.
Pupils learn about nationally significant places in the United Kingdom and develop their knowledge of those in Europe and the rest of the world.
Interactive activities and virtual tours support learning, and at Tree Tops we draw on the experiences of current pupils and those from other Maidstone schools when planning to discover and compare localities.
Pupils are encouraged to look at issues involving environmental change including climate change, conservation, and pollution and recycling. Each class recycles fruit and paper and issues that affect the school like wind-blown litter.
Click on the link below to see the DfE programme of study for Geography:
Google Earth is a fantastic resource to use with the children, register at:
"The pupil premium funding and sports premium funding are used to good effect." Ofsted 2017
"Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported well and make good progress." Ofsted 2017
"Safeguarding is effective. Systems to keep pupils safe are robust" Ofsted 2017
"The curriculum provides good opportunities for pupils to learn across a range of subjects. British values are promoted effectively." Ofsted 2017
"Good teaching in Year 5 and Year 6 ensures that most pupils catch up and make expected progress in a range of subjects by the end of key stage 2." Ofsted 2017
"Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are good. Pupils behave well and have good manners. They demonstrate a strong understanding of tolerance and respect." Ofsted 2017
"Leaders, governors and the trust have a strong understanding of the school’s effectiveness. Their recent actions are ensuring that the school is improving quickly." Ofsted 2017
“Pupils speak highly about the quality of education they receive. They are very loyal to the Academy, each other and the staff. They appreciate the support they receive to do their best. Pupils’ conduct around the Academy and in class is excellent.”
“Teachers provide highly detailed and effective feedback on a regular basis so that pupils know what they need to do to improve. Pupils regularly respond to marking to ensure they improve upon their understanding. Pupils are now given more opportunities to complete their work fluently and at greater length. Good progress is strongly evident across the books surveyed.”
“Books are well presented and demonstrate that pupils take pride in their work. They contain a varied number of tasks and activities for pupils.”
“Systems to keep pupils safe are rigorous. They feel safer because behaviour has improved and there are good opportunities to learn how to keep themselves safe in different situations.”
“As a result of the senior leaders’ determination and attention to detail, the quality of education has improved, aspirations have been raised and staff morale is high.”