At Burrowmoor Primary School, we recognise that geography inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. It provides children with a sense of place and belonging.
We aim to:
- Develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments.
- Deepen understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
- Acquire geographical knowledge, understanding and skills.
- Enable children to learn and explain how the Earth’s features are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
- Develop pupils’ understanding of basic subject specific vocabulary.
Both key stages will develop:
- Locational knowledge
- Place knowledge
- Human and physical geography
- Geographical skills and fieldwork
The Foundation Stage
We teach Geography in the Foundation stage as an integral part of the topics covered during the year. We relate the geographical aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals (ELG,) which underpin the curriculum planning for the children. Geography makes a significant contribution to the ELG objectives of developing a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world through a variety of activities.
Key Stage 1
Pupils will 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.
Key Stage 2
Pupils will 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 tools and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
The intended impact of the Geography curriculum is that the majority of children in each year group are working at or above the expected level for their age. Teachers will assess children against key objectives from the Geography curriculum. In addition, it is the intended impact that the children:
- Are inspired by the geography curriculum and want to learn more
- Show the progression in their skills and knowledge, especially in map reading and locating places on a map
- Can discuss their learning and remember what they have learned
- Can talk about their first-hand experiences of visiting different places and locations
At Burrowmoor, our Geography curriculum is enriched with memorable experiences and fieldwork to provide children with hands-on experience of being a geographer. We plan creative approaches to topics, including opportunities for children to research and investigate geographical concepts within both their locality and the wider world. We link Geography to other areas of the curriculum as well as exploring a variety of current geographical issues happening around the world. Our curriculum is further enhanced through visits and visitors within school.