The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
• develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places.
• understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.
We aim to make sure children are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
• collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
• interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
As children mature they become increasingly aware of their surroundings and of the character of the place where they live. Gradually, as their horizons expand, they begin to construct a picture of other places, some of which are very different to their own. At Brize Norton Primary School we believe that the study of Geography should aid pupils to make sense of their immediate and more distant environments. Children are therefore given the opportunity to attend educational visits to heighten their own geographical experiences, including visits within the local area to enhance their studies. We believe that Geography should help pupils to take a definitive interest in their community and in the larger environment to which they belong (both globally and nationally.)
How Geography is taught
In our teaching practice, we use both ipads and books, to enhance the learning of all students. These teaching aids coupled with our instructional methods help children to become more aware of life in other parts of the world, and how it can affect and impinge on their lives. We believe in enhancing students’ curiosity about people and places. Geography is taught in many different ways to help develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. We give the children opportunities to write and show their understanding of the subject matter. Our aim is for all children to have a deep understanding of the geography of the local area, the UK and the wider world.
What the children say
“I like learning about the differences between our country and other places.”
“I like knowing if I go to other places there could be mountains.”
“I didn’t know there were time differences in the world!”
Topics 2021 - 22
Places - local knowledge
Comparing weather in different places: Canada study
Studying a region in a European country
Volcanoes and Earthquakes