In Geography we have a duty to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it. Because of this, our curriculum develops the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human features. Geography is essentially about understanding the world we live in. We believe this is best done through an investigative approach- through finding out about our world, our curriculum explicitly develops children’s understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.(for example in Y2 they learn about the UK).
So how is Geography taught?
Geography is made up of a series of units that are taught across the year groups so children build up their geographical knowledge and skills over time. It is taught in 3 half termly units where children engage in learning inside and outside the classroom.
For our children to learn in Geography, our curriculum provides learning opportunities so children gain an excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, an understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how human and physical environments are interrelated.
Educational visits give additional opportunity for children to learn and think as geographers and connect their understanding to the real world. Examples of this include children exploring the local area including orienteering within the school grounds and the grounds at the linked secondary school (Hamstead Hall). Each unit will have clear outcomes for the children to have developed and links are made between different areas of the curriculum (for example in Y1 they learn about ‘Our World’, then in Y2 they recap this before focusing in on ‘The UK’).