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Geography

Geography programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2
 

From early experiences working in their immediate and local surroundings, the children will progress to more detailed study of the earth and natural, and human, social political and cultural influences. The aim is to stimulate children’s interest in and curiosity about their surroundings, to create and foster a sense of wonder about the world around and to inspire a sense of responsibility and care for the environment from the local to the global. Relationships between their own environment and the influences upon it will continue to be an important factor throughout. Such studies may be made in the context of wider themes or in specific geographical topics. A two yearly cycle of topics enables full coverage of skills, concepts and content as defined in the National Curriculum.

Our Geography curriculum aims to stimulate children’s interest in and curiosity about their surroundings and the wider world, inspiring a sense of responsibility and care for the world in which they live.

At KS1 the children learn about people, places and environments in the UK and across the world. They learn about the different countries that make up the UK and their capital cities and explore their local area in detail. Weather patterns and seasonal change are observed. The children look at geographical similarities and differences through studying a small area of the UK and a contrasting small area in a non-European country. Throughout their study there is an emphasis on the development of geographical skills and the children use a variety of resources including maps, globes, photographs and digital technology to assist their learning.

At KS2 the children extend their knowledge and understanding to include Europe and North and South America, learning about environmental regions, countries and major cities. They study National Parks and rivers with a particular focus on the local area. The children compare and contrast the human and physical geography of a region of the UK, a region in a European country and a region in South America. They further develop their fieldwork skills using a wider range of apparatus including Ordnance Survey maps, compasses and our school weather station. Children are encouraged to ask questions, research answers and to take an interest in environmental issues.