Studying Geography gives children a powerful way of seeing the world. It helps them to understand how the world works, how they fit into it and how they can help to preserve the world for future generations. Geography is a subject packed with excitement and dynamism that synthesises aspects of the world and helps us to better understand its people, places and environments, and the interactions between them. Geography also helps us understand how and why places are changing, and to better imagine, predict and work towards, likely and preferred futures. Underpinning all of this is a strong spatial component that deepens our understanding of what places are like, why and how they are connected, and the importance of location.
SMSC, Diversity and Cultural Capital
Geography can help to show children how they can contribute to building a better world. By studying the environment, ecology and social problems, children begin to understand the numerous problems that affect us all and help us to live within planetary limits. Children begin to understand the difference between cultures and learn to value difference. Geography offers children the opportunity to become involved with the world at their level and to make a difference in the future.
Planning in Geography follows the style of planning used by CUSP. Children are taught both skills and knowledge. Lessons build on previous learning and this is revisited at the start of each lesson to ensure children have a firm grasp of previous topics before proceeding onto the next step. knowledge organisers and knowledge notes are used to aid learning and break learning down into smaller manageable chunks. Quizzes and starter activities are used to practise retrieval.
At the end of each unit, children’s learning is assessed against the objectives and skills identified on the planning. A bronze, silver or gold sticker is added which demonstrates their attainment for that unit.
Field work and enrichment activities
- Year 6 Plan a walk using an ordnance survey map.
- Year 5 visit local parks to use the orienteering courses which enables them to apply their map and compass reading skills.
- Year 4 visit Langsett Reservoir to study the water cycle and investigate streams rivers and reservoirs.
- Year 3 visit Castle Hill, a local landmark, to investigate rock formations and human and physical features of the surrounding area.
- Year 2 investigate human and physical features in Lockwood.
- Year 1 Observe seasonal change in the school grounds.
- Reception go on a short train journey and draw a map. They also follow treasure maps.
- Nursery children discuss daily weather and go on a local walk to find out more about they area they live in.
Children at Mount Pleasant enjoy learning about Geography:
“I liked learning about the seaside.” Reception.
“I learnt where animals live.” Year 1.
“I like Geography because it teaches me about the world and the place I live.” Year 2
“It is interesting to see other landscapes and learn about other cultures.” Year 6