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 are either Geography or History focussed, with the option of linking to other foundation subjects.
Our Geography lessons cover the main curriculum strands:
- Locational and place knowledge
- Human and Physical Geography
- Geography Skills and Fieldwork
Our Geography curriculum starts in the Early Years Foundation Stage where children begin to learn about their immediate area. Children start the year creating maps of their classroom and the courtyard, developing this further when Reception children learn about their local community. Following the interests of the child and continual assessment, we adjust our provision accordingly to ensure that they meet their end of year outcomes for Understanding the World
Click here to see the EYFS Geography Progression Map 2021-22.
All of the objectives are mapped out across the year groups and can be seen in the KS1 and KS2 Geography Progression Map 2021-22.
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 children learn about Food and Farming in the UK. This allows them to study different places and to compare the features of a city, farm and the coast. They build on their Science understanding to think about the impact of seasonal change on the food that is grown. In Year 3, the children have a Europe topic that introduces different climate zones as well as key human and physical geographical features across the continent. They begin to look at the water cycle and do a geographical study of the River Danube.
In their Extreme Earth 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 North and South America. Building on their knowledge and understanding of tectonic plates (Y4) and rivers (Y3), they look at key geographical features in America. 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. In their final term, they consolidate all their learning throughout their time at school by planning a journey across the world, using their map skills to discover what countries and terrains they will face.
To enhance our Geography curriculum, we study high quality texts in our English lessons. This helps us to learn even more Geography and broaden our Geographical vocabuarly.