Geography is a rich and diverse subject that gives children the opportunity to learn about diverse places, people, resources and environments. It inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world from an early age. Throughout the school’s Geography curriculum, children will learn the Earth’s key physical and human processes. They will deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and how this affects landscapes and environments.
They will also develop important geographical skills, such as being able to use a compass and four figure grid references to describe a location. Our pupils have access to a diverse Geography curriculum that allows continuous development of key skills and geographical knowledge throughout their time at primary school.
Our subject intent is that to be a geographer at Wardley CE Primary means that you have:
• An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like.
• An excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.
• An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
• Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques.
• The ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings.
• Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity as shown in interpretations and representations of the subject matter.
• Highly developed and frequently utilised fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques.
• 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.
• The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment
To see what geography topics and skills are taught in each year group click on the geography teaching cycle tab.
Within each academic year, children will study a three geography topics. Across the whole school, there are three key threshold concepts that the children will keep returning to in their geography work. The children are assessed by the teacher during each unit against the age related expectations for these threshold concepts. They are:
- To investigate places
- To investigate patterns
- To communicate geographically
Each geography unit is based on key questions. At the end of each unit there will be a final end piece to draw the learning together and answer the key questions from the unit. This enquiry based approach to learning will help to foster an enthusiasm and sense of curiosity about the world around them and encourage the children towards being life-long geographical learners.
Where does vocabulary fit in?
Just as in any other subject taught at Wardley, we know that vocabulary is an important aspect within any child’s academic development. New vocabulary for each topic and lesson is always introduced at the start of each term and more lesson-specific vocabulary is explained at the beginning of each class. Teachers provide a selection of vocabulary that we would expect to see included in children’s work on a sticker within books. This gives all children direct access to the words that they need to produce high-quality writing and classwork.
Geography and English
Each geography topic is carefully planned to allow regular opportunities for extended writing too. Based on the geographical content they have been focusing on that unit, children will produce pieces of quality writing which are then marked according to our literacy guidelines. This enables them to use the vocabulary they have learnt creatively as well as familiarising them further with the range of writing types and genres they cover throughout the school. As well as being a an opportunity to consolidate writing skills and reapply them in an alternative and more independent context, this type of activity also allows the children to put themselves in the shoes of the people from the locations that they are learning about and approach their learning from a different perspective.
How can you help at home?
Children’s learning is always accentuated if the support at home is provided in addition to work done inside the classroom. We would encourage children to stay up date with what is going on in the world by following the news. Having access to an atlas is a fantastic way for children to ask questions and become curious about the various countries around the world. Spending 10 minutes a week investigating a new country within the world is a great way to ignite children’s fascination with our planet. For example, you could look at a country’s location in comparison to the UK or investigate food that might be eaten there. Google Earth is another great tool for doing this. Please also stay up to date with the Geography quiz section within the newspaper, where you can learn some facts about a brand new country each week!
The websites below may also be useful:
In addition there are also ideas on the termly class newsletters about ways in which you can support your child’s learning.