In order to give children the opportunity to become global citizens, they are exposed to a broad Geography curriculum. Our vision is to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world around them (EYFS) and the world and its people (KS1 and KS2). Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about places and people, resources in the environment and physical and human processes. We also want children to develop geographical skills: using map skills and fieldwork to collect and interpret data; and using maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans.
High aspirations are developed through differentiated learning opportunities, which enable all children to challenge themselves. This has been implemented with differentiated tasks in all year groups and reflection questions in KS2. At the same time, children are encouraged to work collaboratively on tasks throughout the unit: sharing ideas, deepening understanding and applying their investigative, problem solving and communication skills. Regular discussions about prior learning (EYFS/KS1) and retrieval and end of unit tasks (KS2) enable children to revisit topics so that they know and remember more, and support teachers to assess learning and progress. The cross curricular approach in EYFS and KS1, and the opportunities to make meaningful cross-curricular links throughout individual units in KS2, help to develop and strengthen children’s understanding and knowledge of geography and the wider world.
We want children to enjoy and love learning about geography by gaining these knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and practical experiences, which allow them to broaden their horizons and understand more about people, places and processes.
How map skills are used during geography lessons