Primary Geography at Castleshaw A selection of our most popular Geography days: Contrasting Localities Villages and Valleys A walk from the Castleshaw Valley, over or along Harrop Edge and down into Diggle to compare and contrast the valleys and villages. (we can also compare to Oldham if desired) Identify houses, factories, schools and other settlement features using maps. See how natural features influence the nature of settlements The Castleshaw Valley An opportunity to compare and contrast the local area around school with the more rural environment in the Castleshaw Valley. This is a less strenuous option, with more opportunity for discussion in our classroom if desired, and the option to have lunch indoors if appropriate. The Village of Delph Includes a walk down the Castleshaw Valley and an exploration of this classic Pennine Village. Rivers and Landscapes Explore the Castleshaw Valley from top to bottom as we discover the source of a stream and follow the valley as it changes progressively. A number of options are available according to the age and development of the group.
The Water cycle
Investigating erosion, transportation and deposition.
Looking at at rock formation and the work of glaciers.
Wellington boots are essential (they are provided by the centre) - this is very much a hands-on and feet-in experience!
Mapwork We offer mapwork days at a number of levels to suit the development of your class.
Introducing maps: What is a map? The use of a simple map and guided map walk to discover the use of symbols etc. At Key Stage 2 we can provide opportunities to:
Make maps of the Centre or Centre grounds
Learn about compasses and try them out on a simple compass course
Introduce 4 figure grid references, and use them to complete a simple compass course
Apply skills like measuring distance and direction, following routes, understanding symbols etc. in a practical situation which is fun and challenging.
Environmental Issues The Delph Bypass Game A day involving role play, debating skills, use and interpretation of maps, an understanding of the environment and the delicate balance between our need for houses, jobs etc. and conservation. The day begins with a visit from the Town planner who has been asked to come up with a possible route for a bypass around the village of Delph. The group walk the route of the "proposed bypass" and see first hand the problems and potential of the proposal. If appropriate, pupils can take part in a "public debate" back at the centre, and adopt the role of a local resident, a local business person or an environmental campaigner. Alternatively this can be done back at school as part of the class teacher's follow up. Wind Turbine Debate An opportunity for students to explore the issues associated with building turbines in upland areas. Visit local peat moorland to learn about the unique and delicate habitat this provides, and the potential impacts of construction and operation of electricity generating wind turbines on:
Wildlife and plants
The visual environment
Balance this with input on the need to:
Conserve fossil fuels
Reduce carbon emissions
Reduce global warming
Use renewable sources to generate electricity
If appropriate, students may take part in a "public debate" to present a case for or against such a development.