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Geography

Geography at Reydon Primary School

 

 

History

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

YEAR 1

The United Kingdom

Location knowledge, place knowledge, weather patterns

 

An island Home Struay (Katie Morag)

Comparison to where the children live.

Simple map, compass directions N, S, E, W, landmarks, simple human and physical features.

Map skills

 

Fieldwork Project – A local area study of the school and grounds

LOCAL STUDY

Simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding area. Simple human and physical features

YEAR 2

Continents and Oceans

Australia part 1

Location knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography,

 

Australia part 2

Comparing Australia to UK / Southwold

Location knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography,

 

Field Work Project

Local Village study  - Reydon

Geography skills and fieldwork

YEAR 3

Europe

Human and Physical geography, location knowledge

 

. The United Kingdom

Location and place knowledge, geographical skills, human geography

Fieldwork Project

Local river study

Geographical skills and fieldwork

 

YEAR 4

Brazil

Location knowledge, place knowledge, physical geography, human geography, geographical skills

 

Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes.

Location knowledge, place knowledge, physical geography, human geography, geographical skills

Fieldwork Project

Local study tourism in Southwold

Geographical skills and fieldwork, human geography

YEAR 5

Scandinavia

Locational and place knowledge, physical geography, geographical and fieldwork skills

 

Fieldwork Project – Local study

Coastal Erosion

Locational and place knowledge, physical geography, geographical and fieldwork skills

 

Global Trade

Locational and place knowledge, physical geography, geographical and fieldwork skills

 

YEAR 6

Shackleton’s Antarctica

Locational and place knowledge, physical geography, geographical skills

 

The United States of America

Locational and place knowledge, physical geography, geographical skills

 

Fieldwork Project - Local study of a Beccles a Fairtrade town

Locational and place knowledge, human and physical geography, geographical and fieldwork skills

 

 

 

Curriculum Intent

 

At Reydon, we study Geography each term with Geography informing the ‘Homework Menu’ that is offered to all children. We aim to equip pupils with knowledge about places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

 

Geography units are carefully planned to enable children to develop their geographical knowledge and skills through a carefully sequenced and coherent curriculum building on children's prior learning and using the following key concepts. 

  • Location knowledge 
  • Place knowledge 
  • Human and Physical Geography. 
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork. 

 

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.

 

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

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.

 

 

Curriculum Implementation

 

Geography is sometimes used as a topic focus for the term as a key topic (as is History) but we also aim to ensure that it is integrated into other areas of the curriculum and the basic skills are taught throughout the year through cross curricular work.

 

Key stage 1

Pupils should develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.

Pupils should be taught to:

Locational knowledge

  • name and locate the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans
  • name, locate and identify characteristics of the 4 countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas

 Place knowledge

  • understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country

 Human and physical geography

  • identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles
  • use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to:
    • key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather
    • key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop

Geographical skills and fieldwork

  • use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage
  • use simple compass directions (north, south, east and west) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far, left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map
  • use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key
  • use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment

 

 Key stage 2

Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.

Pupils should be taught to:

Locational knowledge

  • locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities
  • name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time
  • identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night)

 Place knowledge

  • understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region in North or South America

 Human and physical geography

  • describe and understand key aspects of:
    • physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle
    • human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water

Geographical skills and fieldwork

  • use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied
  • use the 8 points of a compass, 4- and 6-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world
  • use fieldwork to observe, measure record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies

 

Curriculum Impact

 

At the end of each key stage, the children’s learning is assessed against the age-related expectation bands that are based on the 2014 National Curriculum statements for Geography. At Reydon, we use summative assessment to determine children’s understanding and inform teachers planning. This is reviewed on a termly basis by the subject leader, who also carries out regular learning walks, book scrutinies and lesson observations.

 

 

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