The intent of our geography curriculum is to deliver the aims of the National Curriculum in a way that creates ambitious, skilful and knowledgeable geographers. Sequenced new knowledge and skills build on what have been taught before and work towards clearly defined endpoints.
At Bramshall Meadows First School we aim to inspire a curiosity and fascination for the world and all who live in it that will remain with the children long after they have left Bramshall Meadows First School. We apply an enquiry-based approach to the teaching and learning of geography in order to inspire our children and to encourage them to question and investigate the world around them in order to make sense of it.
We use the National Curriculum to structure our Line of Enquiry topics where children investigate big questions such as ‘How can I make a difference to the world’, ‘?’ and ‘What is a Geographer?’ which allow children to investigate and answer more targeted questions as geographers. Children begin developing their geographical curiosity and understanding of the world around them in EYFS. Through high quality continuous provision and planned experiences, children learn about the natural world and different people, cultures and communities. Our geographers continue their learning journey Key Stage 1 by using fieldwork and observation skills alongside maps and atlases focusing on their locality before comparing it to other locations around the world.
Children develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They develop basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their awareness. In Key Stage Two, children extend their locational and place knowledge to include Europe, North America and South America. Children develop knowledge of the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. We aim for children to leave Bramshall Meadows First School as aspirational geographer, who have a desire to make a difference together in their local community that are aware of how they interact with the world to create innovative and sustainable change for the future.
The Geography curriculum is driven by key questions. It is implemented through well planned, sequenced and appropriately resourced sessions. Children learn using high quality resources relevant to the lesson in an exciting atmosphere of discovery.
Geography lessons are a blend of practical sessions, discussion and research. Giving children the opportunity to explore, investigate and comprehend concepts and themes. Their growing understanding of geographical skills allows the children to develop their knowledge of the world we live in. This is done through retrieval tasks, the checking of learning and a focus upon frequently visited themes woven throughout. These strategies are utilised to plan delivery of the curriculum effectively and help children retain knowledge learnt.
For children to be intrigued by the wider world and enlightened by their knowledge of physical and human features of Geography, and their own impact on the world around them. Children will be confident geographers who are capable and able, in their utilisation of geographical skills, and be able to use these to develop their own learning.
Geography Yearly overview (298kb, pdf)