“The study of Geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.”
A high-quality geography education 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. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. (NC2014)
WE CAN Provide teaching that develops knowledge and skills so children can learn and progress effectively
In Year 1-6 Geography is taught in blocked units. In Reception, it is taught regularly under the People and Communities and the Natural World Early Learning Goals.
The curriculum is planned so that children learn about the places closest to them first before expanding this to find out about places which are farther away.
In the EYFS, children learn to observe their immediate surroundings describe similarities and differences and talk about changes they notice e.g. as the seasons change. They use pictures, books and sometimes maps to explore life in this country and other places.
In KS1, children learn map making around school and the local area and work to understand the weather. They learn about the 4 countries of the United Kingdom and find out about Kenya.
In LKS2, children complete fieldwork in the local area and find out about the geography of Birmingham. They complete a UK study and investigate Scandinavia.
In UKS2, children find out about rivers. They learn about how natural resources are shared around the world. Children complete investigations into Brazil and South America and California in North America.
A good Geography unit at Grendon will support children to find out about and understand the world. Children will work practically and engage in field work and have the opportunity to share what they know in an appropriate way.
WE CAN Offer enriching activities, event and experiences
Children in Year 2 share their weather work with parents. In Year 4, they take part in a drama workshop on Volcanoes and Earthquakes. In Year 5, children complete fieldwork on rivers at Sarehole Mill.
WE CAN Work together to remove barriers and ensure equality
The most able learners are encouraged to explain Geography on a deeper level.
Scaffolding, support and appropriate differentiation is embedded into each lesson for children with Special Educational Needs. Children who speak English as an additional language may receive pre-tutoring to embed the necessary language for lessons before they take place.
WE CAN Build independent and resilient learners who are able to communicate confidently
Geography units are structured towards a final outcome where children are encouraged to use what they have learnt more independently.
When developing new skills, children are supported to keep going, build resilience and maintain a growth mindset.
Geography lessons present children with many opportunities for peer to peer discussion and developing presentation skills.
WE CAN Listen to and treat each other and all members of the community with respect, tolerance and concern
Children are reminded that although the people, places and customs they learn about in Geography may be different to what is normal to them, they must be respectful of and tolerant to these.
WE CAN Recognise ability, maximise potential and prepare children well for their future and life in modern Britain
Learning about Geography enables children to understand the world in which they live and their place as global citizens.
An interest in Geography at primary school may lead children into environmental, scientific or sociological career paths in their adult lives.