Children will develop contextual knowledge of the location of places, including their physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes. They will understand how these processes are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.
Children will be competent in the geographical skills needed to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork and visits 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).
Children will communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and written work.
We aim for children to have lifelong curiosity, fascination and care for the world around them.
High quality texts, e.g. stories and non-fiction books, are often used to stimulate interest in topics. Knowledge organisers are used in class and for home learning. Weekly quizzes are based on the content of these organisers for each topic. Formative assessment through observations in class and marking of written work informs planning, ensuring knowledge and skills are built upon.
As a school we aim to expose all children to a broad range of vocabulary and provide them with the skills to use and apply these. Our vocabulary progression document clearly identifies key vocabulary to be introduced in EYFS to Year 6. Vocabulary is displayed in class and specifically taught in lessons. Children complete a rag rating of vocabulary at the start and end of each topic.
SEND children actively take part in lessons and have the opportunity to record their work and understanding in a variety of ways, suitable to their needs.
EYFS begin their Geography learning through the area of learning: ‘Understanding the World’. This is explored through stories, non-fiction books, visits, directed activities and a range of play based activities and experiences in the continuous provision, e.g. role play and small world. Children begin to make sense of their own personal experiences and journeys, different environments and the wider world.
- Use geographical skills
- Use geographical language