Geography Coordinator

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Mr Chris Hilliard
TEACHER & GEOGRAPHY LEAD

email: info@westhill.wandsworth.sch.uk

Teacher profile

My name is Chris Hilliard and I have been working at West Hill Primary since 2012.

I have worked across all year groups supporting class teachers in Literacy and Maths lessons. I have taken focussed groups, working on identified targets, to whole classes, team teaching with the class teacher.

I love children’s literature and supporting children in writing their own stories. If I had to choose my favourite picture book it would be a choice between Lost and Found By Oliver Jeffers, or Slow Loris by Alexis Deacon.

Growing up, Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl was probably the book I enjoyed the most and I have loved reading this to the pupils at West Hill. However, one of the best books I have read to a class has to be ‘There’s A Boys In The Girls Bathroom’, by Louis Sachar. This is an emotional rollercoaster of a story, about a young boy trying to make friends. This is a text that we read in year 6.

Currently I am in Year 6 and enjoying being with the same group of children every day. It has been great to be back in the class and see the progress the children have made over the academic year. It is amazing to see how the children grow and mature into young adults.

Before working West Hill I was a full time class teacher, working within Wandsworth, but wanted to balance work with my young family. I predominately worked in Key Stage 2 within Year 5 and Year 6 classes and had responsibility for Art and Design.

Like a lot of adults in the school I have a wide and eclectic taste in music. I love seeing bands perform live. If I am fortunate to have some time to myself you will probably find me running. I enjoy running long distances, as it gives me the chance to listen to my music, and have I recently been running half marathons.

Geography

Image of two boys using the Virtual Reality Kits to find out about the rain forest in South America.
Visit the rainforest using Virtual Reality Kits!
At West Hill we aim for our Geography curriculum to develop a sense of curiosity and fascination within all of our children. We want to encourage them to think for themselves, to ask questions and to investigate the world around them.

At our school we want to instil a lifelong love of Geography. A great emphasis is placed on ‘seeing and doing’ and all children regularly participate in trips and outings to make Geography come alive.

In both KS1 and KS2 geography is taught through the enquiry based curriculum throughout the academic year. Children are taught different key skills as they progress through the school.
Some examples of the topics include:
Year 1 – My Community
Year 2 – Passport to the World
Year 3 – Islands
Year 4 – America
Year 5 – Rivers
Year 6 – Earthquakes and volcanos

In KS1 children spend time learning the continents and oceans as well as naming the countries that make up the United Kingdom and their capital cities. They compare geographical differences between areas of the UK and mainland Europe using maps and photographs, identifying weather patterns and developing their basic geographical vocabulary.

In KS2 children practise and consolidate the above skills as well as: locating specific countries across the world and identifying their human and physical features; naming and describing the features of towns and cities in the United Kingdom; identifying latitude, longitude, the Equator, the Northern and Southern Hemisphere and time zones and comparing the UK, Europe and America. KS2 children are also given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of climate zones, rivers, mountains, volcanoes, types of settlement, economic activity and the distribution of natural resources.