Within geography lessons, we ensure the following National Curriculum aims are covered.
The National Curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
At RFPS geography is taught through a topic based curriculum and through providing opportunities for geographical enquiry. Enquiry is often facilitated through outdoor learning, by employing fieldwork skills. Our geography teaching stems from the ‘Cornerstones Curriculum’ which ensures comprehensive coverage of all national expectations across the year. Each topic has a different subject emphasis with some half termly topics being more geography prominent than others, such as Year 1’s ‘Bright Lights, Big City’ topic and Year 3’s ‘Tremors’ topic.
We ensure that knowledge and skills are built upon each year to ensure progression across year groups. For example, in Reception, the children go on a traffic survey and make tally charts of different vehicles that they see, beginning to think about what this information tells them. By Year 2, this has progressed to children completing a traffic survey and analysing the data through explaining patterns and offering simple explanations.
At RFPS, we want children to be passionate and curious about geography and the world around them. A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Arielle, Year 1- “I love learning about the sea and the world”.
Joshua, Year 3- “I love geography because you learn about the environment and it is really fun”.