The main purpose of our Geography curriculum is to instil a sense of awe and wonder about the world around us. We aim to develop a sense of curiosity and fascination within all of our children, to encourage them to think for themselves, to take initiative, to ask questions and investigate our world.
At our school we want to instil a lifelong love of Geography, therefore we use real places, real experiences and real issues to make Geography come alive. The teacher’s at Bounds Green use their knowledge of pupil’s interests, and the children’s own personal geographies to celebrate the diversity within our school community and to develop a deepened understanding of the world around us. We use a variety of multi-media resources including ICT to engage our children and allow them to independently select and research a broader range of geographical information.
In Bounds Green we are passionate about instilling a ‘hands on’ approach in Geography, with several year groups carrying out field work in our local area and further afield, for example Year Five visit the River Thames as part of their learning around rivers.
By encouraging our children to think geographically we hope to enrich their social, moral, and cultural development. We are committed to developing ‘Geographers for Life’ and instilling them with investigative and problem-solving skills for use both inside the classroom and beyond. With these skills we hope to develop our children into educated citizens who can make a valuable change to our world.
As part of the new curriculum there has been a renewed importance on locational place, with children needing to know a much broader range of countries and cities. This begins in Key Stage one, by learning the continents, major world oceans, and identifying the four countries of the UK and their capital cities. Children will have the opportunity to explore their local area and become more familiar with the ‘geography’ of their surrounding environment. In year two children will compare our local area to a Non-European region. Children will also begin to develop an understanding of physical processes such as the weather, how this changes throughout the year, and how it is different in other parts of the world. Children will begin to make links and understand how physical processes like the weather affect the humans and environments in those countries.
In Key Stage one children will also begin to identify places using maps, atlases, globes and aerial images. They will begin to make their own maps, devise basic symbols and learn the four compass points. Children will have the opportunity to apply these skills in their fieldwork studies in both Year One and Two.
The skills learnt in Key Stage One will then be built upon in Key Stage Two with children developing a more in depth knowledge of the UK including counties, cities, land use and settlement patterns. In addition children will be able to locate a variety of different countries in Europe and the rest of the world with a focus on the Americas. Children will be able to identify what these countries are like in relation to climate, topography, settlement, land use and environments. Fieldwork is also an essential component in Key Stage two with children developing their map skills through a variety of multi-media, and using a range of methods to present their findings.