'The study of geography is more than just memorising places on a map. it's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. In the end its about using that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together'
- Barack Obama
Each child studies 3 modules of Geography in each phase (KS1, LKS2, UKS2).
There are 2 x 6 week modules of learning the major themes are 'Natural Hazards' and 'Biomes / Habitats'.
The units are all progressive both in expectation and geographical understanding. All geographical learning starts with geographical features in close proximity to the school.
At the start of every year each class learns about an Oxford Landmark, its geography and an Oxford college. There are map working lessons in each year group.
Across the school we use mapping and map work to understand more about the world. For instance in KS1 we concentrate on our locality (Cowley) and the wider area of Oxford; in LKS2 this is the UK and Europe and in UKS2 The Americas, the Poles, Asia and Africa.
The geography units in each year group are matched with our historical units in the same year group. For instance: In Y5 Hurricanes focus on the area around the Carribean and this supports our 'Windrush' History in Y6.
Year 1 – Cowley - my local area, Oxford; The Earth (Earthquakes)
Year 2 – Rivers (River Thames); The Oceans / Coast (Coral Habitats)
Year 3 – Costal Erosion (Northumbrian coast); Rivers (River Thames / Amazon River / River Ganges);
Year 4 – Volcanos (Italy, Sicily); Tropical Rainforest (Amazon Rainforest v's Sumatran Rainforest)
Year 5 – Hurricanes (Caribbean / North America), The Poles (Arctic and Antarctic)
Year 6 – Tsunami (Sri Lanka / Thailand), African Savannah (Africa)
Children’s geographical learning starts with areas within the school grounds and builds on work completed in Foundation stage - Our School, & 'where I live' and slowly builds to include the UK, Europe, South America, Asia, the Caribbean and Africa. Children's understanding of how their local area fits into the wider world is therefore gradually accrued - we go on to study many of the area in the world that deals with the recent heritage of many of the children at school - with 42 different nationalities represented, thats a whole lot of Geography!
Progression within the curriculum is clear: it starts with what is familiar to children and extends world wide. Map work, from Google Earth, A to Z's, Ordinance survey Maps and world atlases from National Geographic are used in each module.
Progression in fieldwork skills is built across modules, with all units offering rich opportunities for mapping, technical drawing and exploring our environment in a concrete physical way. Other modules offer scope for children to use digital resources, globes, atlases and Geographical Information Systems to explore regions. Key technical and tier 2 vocabulary is mapped onto each unit, allowing children to build a rich bank of geographical language.
Each unit is supported by a Knowledge Organiser which details the key facts, vocabulary and skills for each unit. This is sent home in advance of the unit, allowing children to make a head start on their learning and is also used for homework.
In addition, we also provide all parents / carers with a lesson-by-lesson document so that you can provide further support to your child.
Links are built with other subjects, Our writing curriculum 'Get it Write' is blended into the topics to enhance and develop children's learning, we also link to other subjects also, but not exclusively, art, music, PSHCE and science.