Geography is taught half termly and the topics for each year group are on the overall Curriculum Map and detailed in Year Group information
Geography is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum. Cross curricular links are evident throughout the year groups and school planning.
An engaging geography curriculum should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
Geography starts from the child’s immediate environment, beginning with the school grounds. Through visits into the local community, their world is extended through first hand experiences, building up their geographical knowledge and skills. As they become able to tackle more abstract ideas, they move onto studying places around the word, hot and cold countries, thinking about what it is like to live there, how we can look after our environment and looking in more detail about what our environment is like. In Geography, we encourage children to ask as well as answer questions and offer them the opportunity to use a variety of methods to gain information. These includes maps, data, fieldtrips, photos, pictures, geographical equipment. Wherever possible, the children take part in practical activities to experience ‘real’ geography. Our local environment is rich in opportunities as we have a local Wetlands’ area, waterways, railways and a variety of housing.
CROSS CURRICULAR LINKS
Geography topics provide many opportunities for cross-curricular links with other areas of the curriculum. Our curriculum encourages the interconnected knowledge, skills and understanding needed for lifelong learning and being responsible global citizens.
Examples of these are evident in each Year group.
Year 1 – In Geography, pupils learn about weather patterns in the UK and this is linked to the Science topic on Weather and Seasons.
Year 2- In Geography Year 2 pupils visit Walton on the Naze and learn about the Seaside environment.
Year 3- In Geography, Year 3 learn about the River Nile and link this to their History topic in Ancient Egypt.
Year 4- In Year 4 pupils learn about the Water Cycle and link this to Science.
Year 5- Pupils learn about the Anglo Saxons and the origins of place names linked to this period.
Year 6- In English, Year 6 study ‘Ice Trap’, detailing the life of Ernest Shackleton. This is linked to their geographical topic on Antarctica.