Geography is a subject that engages and motivates pupils by encouraging them to see the world through the eyes of a young geographer. It helps children to better understand people, places and environments, and the interactions between them. Geography also helps us understand how and why places are changing, and to better imagine, predict and work towards, likely and preferred futures. Underpinning all of this is a strong component that deepens our understanding of what places are like, why and how they are connected, and the importance of location.
We provide opportunities for children to develop an understanding and appreciation of the great variety and diversity within our society and the world today thus enabling every pupil at our school to benefit from a broad and balanced Geography curriculum. Children will learn about areas of significant geographical interest. In addition, they will learn about famous geographers such as David Attenborough.
At Belmont Primary School Geography is an enquiry led subject that seeks answers to fundamental questions such as:
- Where is this place?
- What is it like? (And why?)
- How and why is it changing?
- How does this place compare with other places?
- How and why are places connected?
EYFS geographical learning takes place though their ‘knowledge and understanding of the world’ element of the curriculum.
At Key Stage 1 pupils develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They are taught 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.
At Key Stage 2 pupils extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This includes the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
To provide an enquiry led approach to geography pupils actively engage in the programme published by Collins called ‘Primary Connected Geography’.
Progression of skills in Geography
Foundation- Year 2
Name and recognise
Measure, record and present
Compare and contrast
Year 3 –4
Make informed judgements
Year 5 – 6
Understand through explanation