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Geography

Our Curriculum Intent

Our Geography curriculum aims to:

  • Inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.
  • Develop knowledge of the location of globally significant places including their physical and human characteristics.
  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of different regions.
  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography using a wide range of geographical vocabulary.
  • Use geographical skills including maps, atlases, globes, digital computer mapping, compasses, grid references etc.
  • Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods.

Please click here for a copy of our Geography Policy

How is our Geography curriculum planned?

Early Years Provision

Activities and experiences for pupils will be based on the areas of learning and development, as outlined in the DfE’s ‘Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’. All activities will adhere to the objectives set out in this framework. In particular, geography-based activities will be used to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the ‘People Culture and Communities’ and ‘The Natural World.’ These are the expected levels at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage:

 

Years 1 to 6 Provision

Geography is taught as a discrete subject although links are made with other subjects where possible (see our Curriculum Overviews). Our school uses the Rising Stars Geography plans as a framework for breaking down the National Curriculum programmes of study into manageable chunks. All teachers adapt this planning according to the needs of the pupils in their class including those with SEND (see further details below). Planning is also adapted to consider the local context, particularly in the case of fieldwork opportunities.  Pupils learning is enriched through class visits/visitors, fieldwork and workshops inspiring pupils' curiosity and fascination about their world.

 

Please click below to access the following documents:

 

TEACHING APPROACHES

  • All topics start with a ‘hook’: This includes enquiry questions (see below), visitors, visits, objects of interest, photographs etc.
  • Pupils are presented with Knowledge Organisers at the start of each topic – these are stuck in pupil books at the start of each unit. They include ‘sticky knowledge’ we want pupils to remember and understand, as well as lists of key unit vocabulary including definitions.
  • All planning uses an enquiry approach including enquiry questions, investigations, research and local studies.
  • Teachers plan one visit/visitor, every term, to consolidate and enhance learning.
  • Teachers frequently recap on work covered to help pupils retain key knowledge. This includes the use of quizzes.
  • All pupils complete ‘Key Assessment Tasks’ every topic (linked to National Curriculum expectations). This helps inform ongoing teacher assessments of attainment and progress.

Places of Interest

You may wish to visit the following places with your child-

EYs

Water: Visit to a local river, canal, pond or lake

1

Our Local Area: Uxbridge Walking Trails - Hillingdon Council

Animals and their Habitats: Zoo visit

2

Journeys - Food: Visit to a pick your own farm - Copas Farm

3 Coasts: Day trip to the seaside
4

Visit to a local river: Denham Country Park

Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Eathquake simulator - Natural History Museum

5 A Study of the Alpine Region
6

Climate Change: Atmosphere Gallery - Science Museum

Useful Websites - Class Topics

EYs

Water and Holidays: Barnaby Bear video clips

1

BBC Bitesize: Explore the World

Fieldwork in the local area

2

Visit to a Working Farm - Barnaby Bear

3

Weather and Climate: BBC Bitesize

4

Volcanoes: BBC Bitesize

Earthquakes: BBC Bitesize

Rivers: BBC Bitesize

5

Let's Explore the Alps: BBC Bitesize

6

Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy: BBC Bitesize