Each term every class will study a new topic. The topics are broad which allows the children to engage with the facts and consider some of the bigger questions. Our topics cover a range of subjects, but tend to be either based around Geography or History.
Our Geography lessons cover the main curriculum strands:
- Locational and place knowledge
- Human and Physical Geography
- Geography Skills and Fieldwork
All of the objectives are mapped out across the year groups and can be seen in the Geography Progression Map.
Early Years cover Geography through their varied curriculum and topics. Following the interests of the child and continual assessment, we adjust our provision accordingly to ensure that they meet their end of year outcomes.
In Year 1 one of their topics is ‘Wish you were here’, where children can develop their geography knowledge by comparing different countries in the world, and different places in the UK, such as a farm with a seaside. They go on a special trip with Year 2 to Broadstairs Beach where they can practise their geographical skills and start doing some fieldwork.
In Year 2, the topic Planet Earth allows children to explore world maps and start thinking about weather patterns and climate change. Year 3 use their topic of Ancient Egypt to locate countries in Europe and think about the economic activity of places based on the physical features they have, such as the river Nile.
In their Wild Weather topic, Year 4 recap on their previous learning by revisiting the world map and identifying different points of interest. They focus on the physical geography and enjoy learning about volcanoes, earthquakes and other extreme weather events. Year 5 go further afield with their topic on the Americas. They use their map skills to focus on America and identify countries, physical features and compare these to the UK.
During their residential trip to Sayers Croft, Year 6 build on all their fieldwork skills. They use maps and collect information to compare Ewhurst with Marylebone and come up with their own findings.