We aim to foster in pupils a sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them. We stimulate their interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the Earth’s surface. We use the new National Curriculum, Key Stage 2 as a starting point; however, our schemes of work develop ideas and tasks that exceed the statutory requirements.
We promote a sense of enquiry which, along with important geographical skills, enables pupils to develop knowledge of places, an awareness of patterns and processes, and an understanding of environmental change and sustainable development.
We are also passionate about helping pupils develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and the future of the human habitat, as it is through an understanding of these issues that they will grow in their sense of responsibility for the care of the Earth and its people.
- Learning journey
Pupils begin by learning about maps and plans, settlements and seasons. In due course they explore weather and climate, water and the landscape, the mountain environment, some specific countries around the world and environmental issues.
We develop their geographical knowledge over time, increasing their spatial awareness of the world around them, progressively developing map work skills and gradually building their analytical skills (covering basic statistics in Year 6). Pupils learn how to use appropriate geographical vocabulary, fieldwork techniques and instruments, atlases, globes, and maps at a range of scales, and how to find and interrogate secondary sources of information.
By Years 5 and 6 pupils are acquiring presentation and project skills, and using appropriate software to support that. We also encourage them to use photography as part of their work.
Pupils complete project-based homework that enables them to explore issues in more depth and from different perspectives, as well as develop their own interests. Projects are practical and include a diverse range such as making weather instruments, information leaflets and contour models.
- Beyond the classroom
Young explorers and representatives from organisations like the Scott Polar Institute visit to inspire pupils.
Year 5 pupils take part in a morning of geography activities at the Upper.
We run regular geography competitions, often asking pupils to apply their knowledge creatively to create models, pop-up books, topographical cakes and even a restaurant menu for a country they are studying!