At Walsh Memorial CE Infant School our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world as well as provoke and answer questions to create a deeper understanding of the world and their place in it. We are committed to providing our children with the opportunities to investigate a range of places – both in Britain and abroad – to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. There are many opportunities for the children to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Ash so that they can develop a real sense of who they are and what makes our local area unique and special. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures as well as finding out about the physical world, which enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.
At Walsh Memorial CE Infant School Geography is taught following the aims and content of the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance and the National Curriculum Geography programmes of study: Key Stage 1. It is taught through cross-curricular topics in EYFS and discrete Geography units in KS1. Through high quality teaching, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:
- An age-appropriate, accurate knowledge of the location, physical and human characteristics of a wide range of globally significant places.
- A knowledge to provide a geographical context to study and understand the actions of important geographical processes.
- An understanding that these processes can lead to the key physical and human geographical features of the world and how they bring about variation and change to the geographical landscape.
- The encouragement of using geographical vocabulary which is appropriate and accurate and which develops and evolves from EYFS to KS1.
- A chance to use and interpret a wide range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs
- The promotion of children’s moral, social and cultural development helping them to have a greater understanding of their place in the world, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.
- An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world;
- A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live here.
- Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience.
Through high quality teaching and well thought out planning, our Geography Curriculum will encourage a deeper understanding of the world in which our children live and how they can have an impact on the wider world. We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about geography, therefore encourage them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future and have knowledge about the area in which they currently live. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the use of topic assessment sheets which are given to the coordinator after completion of each topic along with a piece of work from a variety of children as evidence. Planning is also reviewed and adapted by each year group after each topic, marked on the planning in red and given to the subject coordinator leader.
|Autumn||Around the School and understanding maps – Bird’s Eye View;|
|Spring||Our Local Areas, Compass points routes and landmarks|
|Summer||Wider world – Hot and cold places.|
|Autumn||Kenya – Comparing Ash with a Kenyan village.|
|Spring||An Island Home – Comparing Ash with a Scottish Island village|
|Summer||A seaside location – Identifying tourist attractions in St. Ives and planning a tour.|