Geography inspires children to find out about the world around them and helps them to develop a greater understanding of different places, people and issues that affect the ecology of the planet. This promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and helps them to become a citizen of the world. They then apply their knowledge of geography through our oracy framework and debating opportunities.
Here pupils begin to gain an understanding of their world around them and their place within it. To help them do this they learn to explore and observe their local community, comparing their own environment to that of another. They are encouraged to find similarities and differences between places and suggest reasons for this. As a result of these comparisons, they learn the importance of looking after their environment.
Key Stage 1
Now pupils focus on developing an understanding of the human and physical features of their local environment. They develop their knowledge of their town, village and city within the United Kingdom. Following this, we gradually increase their understanding of the wider world. Pupils use their geographical vocabulary to compare and contrast their environment to another in the ‘developing’ world. They learn how to use maps, atlases and globes to support their understanding of their position and location within the world.
Year 1 – Exploring different continents
Year 1 work
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2, we further develops pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding. We provide opportunities to communicate information in a variety of ways. They study the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. We then provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes. Pupils build on their mapping skills by studying the features of the world in regards to humans and physical geography.
In Year 3 geography lessons they have been learning about how coal mining has shaped our local area.