Sutton and Merton network
The Sutton and Merton network has held several events for Primary teachers over the past few years.
In January 2010 ten primary teachers from schools within the London Boroughs of Sutton and Merton convened for a twilight fieldwork CPD event at St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School, Mitcham. The workshop, which ran from 4pm to 6pm, was led by Tessa Willy, Senior Lecturer in Primary Geography Education at Roehampton University. Tessa focused the session on ideas and activities for exploring the theme of 'change in the local environment' at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Activities included using local aerial photography and online mapping data, such as Google Maps, to investigate how familiar places have changed through time. Following on from this Tessa introduced the idea of preferred and probable futures, as outlined by David Hicks, to explore how pupils can practically and positively envisage change to the local environment in the future.
In June 2009, fourteen teachers from primary schools in the London Boroughs of Sutton and Merton attended a fieldwork CPD event held at the Snuff Mill Environmental Centre in Morden Hall Park. The aim of the event was to provide teachers with some simple ideas to encourage them to take their pupils out into the school grounds and local area to participate in geography fieldwork. In addition, they were given the opportunity to find out about the activities and courses provided for school groups by the Snuff Mill Enviornmental Centre, which is located close to their schools.
The day was divided into two main sessions. The first was led by Gyles Morris, (at that time)Director of the Magdalen Project in Chard, Somerset. Gyles' session focused on a range of new ideas for developing pupils' sense of place through qualitative and quantitative fieldwork in the school grounds and local area at Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. The session was very practical and offered many flexible activities that the teachers could adapt to suit their particular requirements.
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The afternoon session was led by Lisa Green, Learning and Community Manager for the National Trust at Morden Hall Park. Lisa gave the teachers a practical taster of the activities offered to schools by the Snuff Mill Environmental Centre. In particular, the teachers investigated the River Wandle which flows through the park. They measured the channel width, depth and river flow, recorded oxygen and nitrate levels, and studied the biodiversity of the river through a pond dipping exercise.