With our offer in geography we intend not only to encourage children’s natural curiosity about their world and the people around them but to develop this into a deep and lasting fascination. In this programme, our children will explore natural and human environments and learn about a wide range of people and places. They will celebrate the wonderous diversity of cultures and environments in our world and our local community. As they progress through their primary education, they will expand and build on their knowledge of the physical and human processes that quite literally shape our world – from the smallest pebble to the tallest mountain.
Our bespoke curriculum is informed the National Curriculum and the research of the Geographical Association. The curriculum has been devised in such a way as to allow a logical progression, which builds, in meaningful steps, on prior knowledge and skills acquired, from EYFS up to Year Six. Every Autumn Term brings a focus on Location and Place; every Spring Term a focus on Human and Physical Geography and every Summer a focus on Map Skills and Fieldwork - the specifics of which (including end points to inform assessment, which occurs at the end of each term) are detailed in the Long Term Plans, Medium Term Plans and Progression Map for Geography.
Teaching geography in this way enables children to:
- Name and locate significant places and features on our Earth.
- Understand how landscapes form and change over time.
- Understand the systems that drive the weather and climate.
- Understand how humans interact with the natural environment
- Understand the factors which influence settlement and development.
- Use and interpret maps - for navigation and maps as a representation of data.
- Conduct fieldwork which yields data about an environment.
- Collect, interpret and present conclusions about data.
- Understand the geography of the local environment in the context of the wider world.