Geography

Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Pupils are encouraged to develop a greater understanding of diverse places, people and current issues that affect the ecology of the planet. The geography curriculum allows pupils to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This will assist them in becoming a citizen of the world.

We aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We encourage the pupils to apply their knowledge through our oracy framework and debating opportunities. This is done to promote the pupil’s interest and understanding.

Within EYFS, pupils begin to gain an understanding of their world around them and their place within it. Pupils 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. They learn the importance of looking after their environment.

In Key Stage 1, we focus on pupils developing an understanding of the human and physical features of their local environment. We 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 are encouraged to use their geographical vocabulary to compare and contrast their environment to another in the ‘developing’ world. They are taught how to use maps, atlases and globes to support their understanding of their position and location within the world.

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 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.

Geography Intent
Our geography curriculum encourages pupils to be curious about the world around them. We want them to be fascinated by it too! Together, we develop the minds and learning skills of our young geographers. We do this through our key drivers:
• Nurturing and developing pupils’ enquiry skills
• Encouraging creativity and lifelong learning
• Wanting to make the world a better place
• Building and expanding geographical language and knowledge
Pupils develop a greater understanding of diverse places and people. They study current issues that affect the ecology of the planet. Geography explores questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Pupils develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding of the world. This helps them to become responsible citizens. Pupils will learn about their own locality. But they also develop a knowledge and understanding of the world beyond their own environment.
Pupils also learn about influential people who have affected local and global geography. These may be conservationists, explorers or scientists. We hope this learning inspires pupils to consider future professions.
The strands in geography are:
• Locational knowledge
• Place knowledge
• Human and physical geography
• Geographical skills and fieldwork
• Influential people