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Geography

In teaching Geography at Holy Family we aim to:

 

  • stimulate children's interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the Earth's surface;
  • foster children's sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them;
  • help children to develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and the future of the human habitat; and
  • thereby enhance children's sense of responsibility for the care of the Earth and its people.

Geography at Holy Family Primary School 

Rationale

Geography teaching in the Primary School is about developing an understanding of our world, primarily through experience, investigation and learning from primary and secondary sources.

A high-quality geography education should 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, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

As pupils 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, interconnected and change over time.

Vision for Geography

The Holy Family School

Geography Curriculum

 

YEAR

Aut 1

Aut 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

KS1 year a

Contrasting overseas - with an African country

 

-Understand geographical similarities and differences

through studying  the human and physical geography

of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in

a contrasting non-European country

 

 

Weather patterns in Africa compared to other parts

of the world

 

Name, locate  and identify characteristics of the four

countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and

its Surrounding seas

-use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage

 

Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans – where is France?

-use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage

Our school and our Town – detective work, creating a detective hunt

 

-use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

 

-use basic geographical vocabulary (see NC)

 

Simple compass directions and map work – castle based (school trip)

-use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map

 

-use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key

use basic geographical vocabulary (see NC)

KS1 year b

Name, locate  and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its Surrounding seas

-use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage

 

Contrasting overseas - with an non-European country (linked to where toys are made)

 

-Understand geographical similarities and differences

through studying  the human and physical geography

of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in

a contrasting non-European country

 

-use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage

 

Weather patterns in non-European country compared to other parts

of the world

-identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles

Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans

-use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage

Map work – maps of the farm

 

-use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

 

-use basic geographical vocabulary (see NC)

 

Contrasting a woodland areas with a non-European country e.g. Kenya

 

Understand geographical similarities and differences

through studying  the human and physical geography

of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country

 

-use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage

 

Weather patterns in non-European country compared to other parts

of the world

-identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles

Simple compass directions and map work –

 

-use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map

 

-use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key

use basic geographical vocabulary (see NC)

Year 3

KS2 Locational Knowledge
Latitude and Longitude
inc. Equator, N & S. hemisphere, Tropics of Cancer & Capricorn, Arctic/Antarctic, Prime/Greenwich meridian, time zone (link to map of Africa)

 

KS2 Skills and Fieldwork

Eight points of the compass, 4 and 6 figure GR, symbols and key (including OS maps) to build knowledge of UK and wider world

.

KS2 Skills and Fieldwork
Use maps, atlases, globes, digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied

A Region of Africa (Sahara Desert- link to Ancient Egypt)

 

KS2 Physical Geography

Climate zones,
Biomes and Vegetation Belts

 

KS2 Human Geography

Distribution of natural resources – Water (River Nile – irrigation)

 

Year 4

KS2 Locational Knowledge
United Kingdom
(geographical regions and their physical and human characteristics, topographical features, land-use patterns, changes)

 

KS2 Place Knowledge
Study the human and physical geography of
A Region of
The United Kingdom (The Chilterns)

 

KS2 Human Geography

Types of settlement
and land-use

 

KS2 Human Geography

Distribution of natural resources – Food

 

KS2 Skills and Fieldwork

Eight points of the compass, 4 and 6 figure GR, symbols and key (including OS maps) to build knowledge of UK and wider world.

 

KS2 Skills and Fieldwork
Use maps, atlases, globes, digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied

 

KS2 Skills and Fieldwork
Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods inc. sketch maps, plans, graphs and digital technologies

 (Link to local history study – Roman Baths)

 

KS2 Locational Knowledge
Latitude and Longitude
inc. Equator, N & S. hemisphere, Tropics of Cancer & Capricorn, Arctic/Antarctic, Prime/Greenwich meridian, time zone              

 

KS2 Physical Geography

Earthquakes and Volcanoes

 

 

Year 5

KS2 Locational Knowledge
Latitude and Longitude
inc. Equator, N & S. hemisphere, Tropics of Cancer & Capricorn, Arctic/Antarctic, Prime/Greenwich meridian, time zone                   

 

KS2 Locational Knowledge

Europe (inc. Russia)
(environmental regions, key physical and human features, countries, major cities)

 

KS2 Place Knowledge
Study the human and physical geography of
A Region in a

European country (Alps)

 

KS2 Physical Geography

Mountains

KS2 Human Geography

Distribution of natural resources – Energy(HEP)

 

 

KS2 Physical Geography

Rivers and the Water Cycle (link to map skills – OS maps of rivers

 

KS2 Skills and Fieldwork

Eight points of the compass, 4 and 6 figure GR, symbols and key (including OS maps) to build knowledge of UK and wider world.

 

KS2 Skills and Fieldwork
Use maps, atlases, globes, digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied

Year 6

KS2 Locational Knowledge

North America
(environmental regions, key physical and human features, countries, major cities)

KS2 Locational Knowledge

South America
(environmental regions, key physical and human features, countries, major cities)

KS2 Physical Geography

Climate zones,
Biomes and Vegetation Belts (Amazon rainforest)

KS2 Place Knowledge
Study the human and physical geography of
A Region within
North or South America (Amazon rainforest)

 

SATs prep

KS2 Human Geography

Economic activity
including Trade Links (link with Fairtrade/ history link Fairtrade chocolate – Mayan)

KS2 Human Geography

Distribution of natural resources – Minerals (reason for deforestation of Amazon e.g. gold/ iron etc)

 

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