The geography curriculum helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. We want children to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity about all aspects of the world both near and far and a desire to broaden their horizons as they learn about both their immediate environment and far away places. We intend to teach Geographical knowledge as children explore the various human and physical aspects of the world while providing the geographic enquiry skills to help them to investigate the places that surround them.
In geography, our youngest children explore the world around them and their local area. They gain an understanding of what a town and a city is and how where they live is different to the countryside and coast. They also learn what a map is and how it is used.
In Key Stage 1, children learn about the UK as a country and the nations that it consists of. This is combined with gaining an understanding that their area (Northenden/Wythenshawe) is part of a city: Manchester. Children also learn which seven continents make up the world and after this, compare their country (UK) to and African country (Kenya).
In Key Stage 2, children study human and physical Geography through topics ranging from Europe to China and the Americas. We teach children of the different biomes that are found across the world and the distinct cultures and languages that are represented in these countries.
In terms of Geographic skills, these progress through the key stages and are tied into the topics. For example, using maps to find countries and capitals and using the four points of a compass in KS1 and the eight points in KS2. Each phase gains experience of Geographic field work: KS1 will use the locality of their school for this and KS2 will record features of their local area using sketch maps, drawings and plans.
Attainment in and attitude towards geographical learning will be reported annually to parents. As with History, children's books and earning journeys will display high quality outcomes and demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context and in Key Stage 1 and 2 this will be assessed at the end of each unit with multiple choice quizzes on what they have studied. As children leave year 6, there will be a curiosity and fascination inspired within the children to continue their learning journey in secondary school and beyond!