"Geography helps people to make sense of the fast changing highly interconnected and interdependent world in which they live". For this to happen they need to know where places are, why they are there, what they are like, how they are linked and how they affect each other. This operates on a physical and human level. Place, Space and Environment are the key areas we consider. But at Lunsford, we want the children to have an opportunity to grasp more. We want children to be excited about the world around them, to be curious, to appreciate and encounter the diversity of life on earth.
Topics and methods of teaching have been adapted from the 2014 National Curriculum to suit our beliefs and policies. Topics taught across the Key Stages are often linked to other subjects and this is particularly relevant with History, PSHE, Art, Numeracy and to a greater extent Literacy, whereby topics may be explored through the use of drama, discussion and report writing.
Different methods are used to teach Geography and this may be by using non- fiction and fiction books, drama, the Internet, photographs, maps, cartoons, tables, film, diagrams and so on. Class trips out are also an important way of getting children to engage in their environment. Mapping skills are very important too, and begin with the Key Stage 1 children working out where there are in the school grounds itself by using a plan-view map.
In Key Stage 1 Pupils should develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.
In Key Stage 2 Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
Geography topics for each year group throughout the year:
Here is a selection of work from classes throughout the year so far: