GEOGRAPHY CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
At Bournehall Primary School we value geography because it:
inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world, its people and its environments and an understanding the and the processes that create and affect them
encourages children to compare their life and local area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world.
motivates children to find out about the physical world
enables recognition the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind
develops skills and attitudes that will allow children to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain
develops spatial awareness in and about the environment.
develops a sense of place and space in the world at a range of scales, through the study of locations, places and environments.
encourages a holistic appreciation of how the world works
links together concepts such as scale, community, cultural diversity, interdependence and sustainability.
has the capacity to make tangible and effective connections across subjects, adding to schema, bringing context to - and enriching understanding in e.g. science, history , music, art and design.
develops the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving
A GEOGRAPHER :
knows where places are and what they are like.
understands the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.
has an extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
asks questions which lead to geographical enquiry and the ability to use effective analytical and presentational techniques.
reaches clear conclusions and develops a reasoned argument to explain findings.
frequently uses fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques.
has a passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.
expresses well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and environment..
Chris Quigley – Essentials Curriculum
CONDITIONS FOR LEARNING
Children tell us that they enjoy geography and learn best when they:
they work together using atlases and Google Earth
they know what they have done well and what they need to do to improve
the practise our map skills using the world maps and globes in their classrooms
they play games to learn new vocabulary
they see our learning up on their working wall
they have time to investigate and explore
they select from a range of equipment
they find out about other people around the world and how they live
begin to gain a wider experience of the world around them
learn through first-hand experiences to explore, observe, problem solve, predict, think critically and make decisions. talk about the creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments
learn about seasons, the weather, features in the local area and the buildings that surround them.
are encouraged to record their findings through drawing and modelling.
Key stages 1 and 2
Through discrete lessons and through continuous learning - and through making intra-curricular links
learn about the diversity of places and people, physical and human processes and the formation and use of landscapes.
use maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to
develop geographical skills of collecting and analysing data
name and identify countries, continents and oceans and physical features
use fieldwork, take part in educational visits
study their local area and compare it with others , nationally and globally
"The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exist across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge the divide and bring people together." Barack Obama