Horrible Geography fun for Farlington School students

Farlington School pupils enjoy reading in their Geography lesson
Farlington School pupils enjoy reading in their Geography lesson

The Spring term at Farlington has seen the girls in Year Seven commence every Geography lesson with a reading activity.

This has been introduced by Mrs Edgar in Year Seven to provide a context for encouraging the girls to engage in reading across the curriculum. A report compiled by the Geographical Association identified that by integrating literacy skills in Geography lessons resulted in a noticeable increase in attainment. It is therefore important that Geography contributes to the wider development of the girls’ literacy. The use of language is an integral part of learning geography, and it is through language that the girls develop their ideas and effectively communicate their thoughts.

The girls in Year Seven have enthusiastically engaged with this initiative and they have started the term by reading the Horrible Geography series of books written by Anita Ganeri. The series explores Geography through stories and fascinating facts which cover Raging Rivers, Earth-Shattering Earthquakes and Cracking Coasts. Each lesson, Mrs Edgar encourages all the girls to contribute to a discussion on what they have read.

The girls have responded positively to the new reading initiative.

Anna Hammonds said: “It really helps with our reading and we learn something new in every book.

Emily Higgs said: “It is a lovely start to every Geography lesson as the Horrible Geography books are funny and full of fascinating facts”.

The girls have identified that the reading activity also sets the tone for focused work.

Olivia Watts said: “It means we have some calming down time to focus our minds before starting the main work.”

After the February half-term the girls will continue their reading activity at the start of every lesson, and they will read a range of books written by two famous adventurers, Steve Backshall and Bear Grylls. The girls will then move on to reading a selection of inspiring factual books focusing on planet Earth such as the Guinness Book of World Records, Tim Peake’s ‘Hello, is this planet Earth?’, and books written by Sir David Attenborough.

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