The Weatheralls Primary School

Geography

Philosophy

Our aim is for all children to master learning skills that bring a love of learning, achievement, confidence and independence, in order for them to be the designers of their future. We will work with our partners to learn, develop and improve. The Shade and its community will encourage a caring and respectful attitude, take pride in our roots and celebrate our successes.

Purpose of Study

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.

Aims

The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time

Are competent in the geographical skills needed to:

  • Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Objectives

In KS1 children will look at:

  • Locational knowledge (oceans, continents and UK countries and cities)
    place knowledge (human and physical features of UK)
  • Human and physical Geography (physical; mountains, beach, river, sea etc. Human; city, house, office, shop)
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork (using maps and atlases, compass points, aerial photos and plan perspectives)

In KS2 children will look at:

  • Locational knowledge (Europe and North and South America, how feature in the UK have changed over time, identifying longitude and latitude, equator)
  • Place knowledge (human and physical features of UK, Europe and Northern and Southern America)
  • Human and physical Geography (physical; climate zones, volcanoes, earthquakes and water cycle. Human; settlements, trade links)
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork (using maps and atlases, 8 point compass points, symbols and keys)

In EYFS children will experience and explore:

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Curriculum Plan