Primary geography is a curriculum jewel

Geography is challenging, motivating, topical and fun – what better way to nurture inquisitive minds. In our diverse society children need, more than ever before, to understand other people and cultures.  Geographical knowledge, concepts and skills are essential components of a broad and balanced curriculum. Geography aids children's physical, intellectual, social and emotional development. In the words of Professor Andrew Goudie, 'What other subject tells us so much about the great issues of our age?'.    Does Geography matter?  Most definitely!

Some areas covered in Geography:
Fieldwork and enquiry: Practical, hands on which allows children to experience the real world first hand.
Knowing the locality:  Local study helps children to develop their sense of identity and self-esteem.
Maps and plans: Geography helps children to locate  areas in their surroundings and navigate to other places.
Investigating issues: Some great ideas arise when children debate issues, learn to understand uncertainties and suggest solutions to problems.
ICT:  Digital resources help children tap into a whole new world to allow further  investigation which they can also record electronically.
Cycles, patterns and processes:  Geography allows enquiry into concepts such as cycles, patterns and processes.   
Global citizenship:  Geography helps us recognise that we have a responsibility to the planet and to each other.

National Curriculum statements:

Key stage 1:

Pupils should develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand 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.

Key stage 2

Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.

Please see below two documents detailing the subjects and topics studied by our children in Geography. The first table details topics for Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2; the second Years 3,4,5 and 6.

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