Geography Curriculum Overview
Subject leader – Mr Vincent
This is our Geography Intent, Implementation and Impact statement Geography
The National Curriculum for Geography can be found here: Geography Curriculum
This is our progression of skills document: Whole School Progression grid Geography
At Sunnybrow Primary School we believe a high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about their local area and the world as a whole. Teaching should provide children with knowledge about the location of different places, people, worldwide climates resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As children progress, their 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. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, connected and have changed over time.
In EYFS it is essential that the children have a good grounding in the Geography of their immediate area for them to build on in the following years.
EYFS looks predominantly at People, Culture and Communities and, within that, focusing on the local area. Knowing that we live in a small village, the name of that village and which country we are in is the fundamental knowledge based the children are provided with. Through walks in the local area, Forest Schools, small world and construction play, children are given the opportunity to ask questions and start to become curious about the world around us.
Pupils will also look at ‘the wider world’, and be able to make simple drawings and begin to use some fieldwork skills to explore more about the human and physical features we are surrounded by.
Key Stage 1
As children move into Class 2 (Years 1 and 2), we start to widen the field in terms of location knowledge. By the end of Year 2 children should have a good understanding of the countries of the UK, the capital cities and the continents and oceans. In preparation for Key Stage 2 pupils will also begin to talk about similarities and differences in Physical and Human Geography between our country and another European country.
They will also start to look at weather and seasons, by understanding why a country might be hot or cold based on their position on the globe. Geographical language such as river, mountain, hills, city, valley and forest will also be used with understanding and confidence.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 we will continue to build on all of the key skills and knowledge we have learnt through EYFS and Key Stage 1. We will look at topics including, Rivers, Coats, Mountains, Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Europe, Eastern Europe the Americas and Brazil. We will look at more case studies based on local areas including Whitby, a chosen European country and Brazil.
By the end of Year 6 our knowledge should include the wider world, being able to compare our country to areas in Eastern Europe and The Americas, looking in more detail at weather patterns, longitude and latitude and continuing to develop all of these skills through fieldwork.