Geography is taught in two week blocks and the topics for each year group are on the overall Curriculum Map and detailed in Year Group information.
At Prince of Wales we aim to stimulate a curiosity about the world which will last a lifetime. We believe that children should make connections and celebrate diversity of places and cultures. Children should understand local and global issues and learn the skills to contribute to a rapidly changing world.
Geography is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum. Cross curricular links are evident throughout the year groups and school planning.
The children and staff at Prince of Wales have links all over the world. We can proudly call ourselves a ‘global school’. The teaching of geography will focus on understanding these diverse places to foster understanding and develop a sense of identity for our children.
When teaching geography we will exploit our diversity and use these places to compare and contrast where we live here with the places where children have links. This makes learning relevant and fun and we can draw on the richness of our school community.
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.
They then move onto studying places around the world, 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 and develop critical thinking.
Geographical skills, mapping and fieldwork will be taught through utilising our local area like the Royal Small Arms Factory, Wetlands and award winning school grounds.
Perhaps most importantly, geography will be taught in a fun way. Children will be encouraged to make geographical features, plant trees, visit wetlands, rivers and waterways. We believe that these real learning experiences and having fun will make these learning experiences last a lifetime.