Our geography curriculum is based on the National Curriculum statutory guidance, with children following programmes of study in accordance with their age, stage and ability. We aim to deliver a high quality geography curriculum that inspires a curiosity and fascination in the children about the world and its people. We intend to equip the children with a strong locational knowledge including natural and human environments. Children will gain a confidence with maps and Atlases to explore the world around them.
We have carefully created our geography curriculum to meet the needs and learning styles of all children. It has been designed around a set of progressive knowledge and skills, but the context in which these are delivered is tailored to each cohort of children dependent on their interests and needs. The knowledge and skills are planned so that the sequence enables children to know more, do more and remember more.
Progression of skills
Our Geography curriculum is planned so that there is clear progression of skills from Nursery to Year 2 but within each year group we also meet the needs of all our children. Please see the attached progression of skills document below.
Teaching and Learning
Our Geography Curriculum is based around the EYFS Framework (in Nursery and Reception) and the National Curriculum for KS1 (in Years 1 and 2).
Geography in EYFS
In EYFS children should learn to describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts and maps. The children will be given opportunity to explain some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries.
Geography National Curriculum for KS1
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
Impact of Geography
Children will have developed the geographical knowledge and skills to help them explore, navigate and understand the world around them and their place in it. Children will be able to apply their investigative skills and locational knowledge to other curriculum areas. They will become conscientious members of the community with an understanding on how their actions can impact on their environment and surroundings.