At Crondall we believe that the study of geography should inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We aim to 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 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.
By the end of EYFS...
Children should know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They should be able to talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one to another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about observable changes.
By the end of KS1…
Children will have developed their 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.
By the end of KS2…
Children will have extended 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.
Implementation at our school
Through the framework of the 2014 National Curriculum, geography taught at Crondall Primary School, aims to ensure that all children:
- develop age-appropriate, accurate knowledge of the location, physical and human characteristics of a wide range of globally significant places including terrestrial and marine locations.
- to use this knowledge to provide a geographical context to study and understand the actions of important geographical processes.
- understand that these processes give rise to the key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about variation and change to the geographical landscape.
- to be able to use geographical vocabulary which is appropriate and accurate and which develops and evolves from EYFS to KS1 and through to KS2.
- collect, analyse and present a range of data, gathered through experiences of fieldwork, to deepen understanding of geographical processes.
- use and interpret a wide range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs.
- develop skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) (software and interactive resources) which allow for digital mapping, analysis of data and data models.
- are able to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
- to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development helping them to have a greater understanding of their place in the world, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.
Trips to Osmington Bay to study coasts in Year 6, to the River at Selbourne to use field work skills in Year 4 and orienteering skills throughout Key Stage 2 have all enhanced the learning of our pupils. Geography is taught through a topic based approach enhanced by our local area.
Within geography, we strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing investigative and enquiry based learning opportunities. This helps children to gain a coherent knowledge of understanding of each topic covered throughout the school, utilising the outdoor environment. Children will deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and how this affects landscapes and environments.
“I am excited about the Crondall Challenge Award and learning how to use a map properly for our 10 mile walk!” Year 6.
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