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Geography

THE FOUNDATION CURRICULUM: GEOGRAPHY

Geography at St John Fisher is led by Ms Syeda.

 

INTENT

At St John Fisher we have a thematic approach; geography and history will be interwoven, wherever possible, and therefore taught through art, design technology, music and French. The teachers and subject leads will endeavour to create this cross-curricular link ensuring that vocabulary and concepts are revisited throughout the Foundation curriculum.

 

Progression in geography throughout EYFS, KS1 and KS2 is based on locational knowledge, place knowledge, physical and human geography, geographical skills and fieldwork. The children progressively learn geography from across the globe, through each termly topic, ensuring that they have covered some of each continent during their time at St John Fisher.

 

IMPLEMENTATION

Early Years

Geography is taught in reception as an integral and dominant part of the Foundation curriculum covered during the year. We relate the geographical aspects of the pupils’ work to the objectives set out in the Early Years curriculum which underpin the planning for children aged three to five. Geography makes a significant contribution to developing a child’s understanding of the world through activities such as finding out about different places, habitats and investigating the locality.

 

Key Stage 1

During Key Stage 1, pupils investigate their local area and a contrasting area in the United Kingdom or abroad, finding out about the environment in both areas and the people who live there. They also begin to learn about the wider world. They may carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. They are encouraged to ask geographical questions about people, places and environments, and use geographical skills and resources, such as maps and photographs.

 

Topics with a particular Geography focus:

  • Year 1 - Me and My World
  • Year 1 - Exploring Place 
  • Year 2 - City Study 
  • Year 2 - Seaside Resorts

 

 

Key Stage 2

During Key Stage 2, pupils investigate a variety of people, places and environments in the United Kingdom and abroad. In accordance with the National Curriculum, pupils will focus their study on the United Kingdom, Europe, North and South America. Pupils will find out how people affect the environment and its secondary impact. Pupils may carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. They are encouraged to ask geographical questions, and use geographical skills and resources, such as maps, atlases and aerial photographs. Children will develop geographical enquiry skills; collecting and recording information; developing suitable vocabulary; using fieldwork techniques and maps, plans and atlases. Pupils will use secondary sources of information with accuracy, including aerial photographs, satellite images, etc.

 

Topics with a particular Geography focus: 

  • Year 3 - UK Geography (Mountains and Rivers)
  • Year 3 - Extreme Earth
  • Year 4 - Modern Europe
  • Year 6 - The Americas 
  • Year 6 - The Rainforest and Sustainability

 

The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in geography lessons. We believe in whole-class teaching methods and combine these with enquiry-based research activities. We offer them the opportunity to use a variety of data, such as maps, statistics, graphs, pictures, aerial photographs, geographical footage. Children take part in discussions, and they may even present a report to the rest of the class.

 

There may be opportunities to engage in ‘real’ geographical activities, e.g. research of a local environmental problem, visiting relevant sites and carrying out fieldwork. We recognise the fact that we have learners of differing ability in all our classes, and so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all pupils by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies which are differentiated by task, expected outcome and/or support from peers or adults.

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