Geography Lead - Mrs Andrews
At South Green Infant School we are committed to delivering a high class geography curriculum that will inspire and enthuse young minds who are excited to discover more about their physical and human world. By providing a curriculum based on enquiry, we will deepen their understanding and develop their curiosity thus enabling them to confidently explore their world. We aim to develop their skills and knowledge by studying people and places both in their own locality and the wider world.
- For the children to be exposed to a high class geography curriculum that will mean they become enthusiastic to learn.
- For the children to be curious to find out about the world around them.
- For the children to be driven to ask the question ‘why?’.
- To develop their skills and knowledge of their own locality and that of the wider world.
- For the children to become aware of the different continents of the world and to understand that not all parts of the world are the same.
- To understand the role of the seasons.
- To understand the difference between the human and physical geography.
- To deepen the children’s critical thinking skills and make the learning meaningful by linking it with the children’s own experiences.
- That, overtime, Geography will engage, inspire, challenge and give children the tools to make their own choices in life in an informed, critical way.
- We follow the Key Stage 1 Attainment targets as set out in the Geography Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum (2014).
- We learn about a mix of local, national and international geography.
- In KS1 we follow cover history in 3 units in Year 1 and 3 units in Year 2
Year 1: Where I live, Around the UK and The seaside.
Year 2: Beyond the school gate, Around the world and The seaside.
- These units have been planned to ensure breadth of coverage across Key Stage 1 and to ensure that the important geographical skills are taught progressively through the year groups.
- In Key Stage 1 children learn through and respond to a range of stories, photographs, maps and other geographical materials. They learn to recognise there are similarities and differences in places around the world and that this has an impact on the people and animals that live there. They learn to identify seasons by the signs around us.
- In the Foundation Stage children learn about where they live and their school. They learn that maps show us places. They learn that some places are nearby and some are far away. They learn that the weather changes during the year and that this is linked to the four seasons.
- Every KS1 class has accessible maps of the UK and the World, atlases and a globe which will be referred to when identify places.
- We have planned a whole school trip to Southend-on-Sea in the summer term to cover some of the objectives based around the local area.
- When pupils leave us at the end of KS1, they will have developed an awareness of the world around them.
- They will have learnt common words and phrases relating to geographical features.
- They will have an awareness of human and physical geography and understand the differences between the two.
- They will be able to identify similarities and differences between different parts of the world.
- They will be able to ask and answer questions about our world.
- They will be able to use maps, atlases and globes to locate places.
- They will have knowledge of local geography specific to where they live.
- They will be able to identify the four seasons and the associated signs.
- They will have developed skills which will aid their confidence in researching parts of the world.
- Assessment will be through the means of in class questions and feedback questions.
- Descriptors are used to indicate if pupils have achieved “working towards”, “working at” or “working beyond” the Geography judgements.
Geography in Foundation Stage
By the end of EYFS, children are beginning to:
- explore their local area and that of their school
- start to use simple words to describe where places are, such as near, far
- understand that there are different types of weather
- use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation and wonder of the world in which they live
Learning in Geography in EYFS is about:
- knowing where you live and where you go to school
- knowing that some places are nearby and some are far away
- knowing that places around the world are all different
- knowing that the weather changes during the year
Geography related ELGS
Understanding the World:
People and the communities
- Talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.
- Know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.
- Know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.
- Talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.