inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, Pupils develop a growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
We can break the study of geography is down into 4 important strands ():
Human and Physical Geography
Geographical Skills and Fieldwork
These are reflected in our planning Know Do Understand Grids.
The teaching of geography across St John’s follows the National Curriculum through:
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
Core Concepts in Geography at St John’s Primary
The following abstract themes are central part of the geography curriculum:
Central to our geography curriculum is a focus on vocabulary and core geography concepts. Some of these are abstract terms which are woven through from Early Years to Year 6 and revisited e.g. land-use, settlement, environment. In this way, staff are committed to helping children build meaningful schemata, by linking prior knowledge with new learning.
Understanding the World
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains. Enriching and widening children’s vocabulary will support later reading comprehension.
ELG: People, Culture and Communities
Children at the expected level of development will:
- Describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts and maps.
- Know some similarities and differences between different religious and cultural communities in this country, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class;
- Explain some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries, drawing on knowledge from stories, non-fiction texts and – when appropriate – maps.