Geography

‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world.’

Mahatma Gandhi

As teachers of Geography we will …

…teach subject specific lessons where we cover the National Curriculum through age appropriate topics which stimulate the children’s curiosity to find out about and ask questions about the local area of Normanton, the United Kingdom and the wider world in which they live. For example, the ‘megastructures’ topic allows pupils to locate and find out about significant buildings in different parts of the world. Topic ‘wows’ act as a driver for geographical interest and enquiry. For example, mapping the continents in Year 2 is given a purpose through the first hand visit from a Royal Marine who writes to the children informing them of the places he has visited. Fieldwork linked to the local area, which takes place in Year One, becomes a starting point for further geographical learning as the children use their knowledge to enable them to compare and contrast towns and countries with where they live.

Recap and review activities to begin geography lesson to ensure that children are building upon prior knowledge and learning and that they are developing a deeper understanding of the subject content and vocabulary taught to them.

Geography is further enhanced through classroom provision areas and displays. For example, classes have a daily dashboard which provides daily opportunity for the children to explore the seasons, the weather and the local news and allows them to make comparisons to different parts of the world, developing their wider global knowledge and understanding. Picture news also provides the children with the regular opportunity to discuss and debate real life and current issues which are impacting the world in which they live.    

Educational visits such as visits to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park encourages children to independently apply their mapping skills as they follow and use their map to locate different places around the park. Our global links, promoted through the work of our global teachers, provides our children with the opportunity to study and explore the similarities and differences between the United Kingdom and countries such as Tanzania and Nepal.

 

National Curriculum 2014

In geography, pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans
  • name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas
  • 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
  • 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 and key human features
  • 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.

Inspired by Chris Quigley Ltd

Pupils will be able to develop their skills as geographers by:

  • finding and naming places on a map
  • creating their own map
  • recognising some symbols on a map
  • saying what places are like
  • saying how places are similar or different
  • asking and answering questions
  • knowing about my local area
  • saying how a place has changed over time.