Our geography curriculum is designed to ensure that our children are exposed to a wide range of geographical concepts and regions. We understand that many of our children may have limited experience of the world outside of their immediate locality, so we are committed to sparking our children's curiosity in the wider world. We want our curriculum to stimulate an interest in (and sense of wonder about) the rich diversity of people and places across the globe. We believe that geography provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which our children live at a local, national and global level. Our curriculum not only develops our pupils' geographical knowledge and skills, but also looks to broaden their cultural awareness and their appreciation of global issues. We believe that our children should have the opportunity to experience and visit many of these places first-hand as part of fieldwork and enrichment opportunities.
We aim to:
- Inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with our children for the rest of their lives
- Broaden our children's horizons in order to demonstrate that the world is a richly diverse and wondrous place
- Impart key knowledge involving a wide range of geographical concepts, processes, features, people and places
- Teach key geographical skills such as reading maps, interpreting photographs and using a compass
- Develop our pupils' cultural awareness as well as their understanding of global geographical issues
- Foster a sense of pride in their local area and in the UK as a whole
- Provide a rich array of enrichment opportunities including fieldwork
- Make links to our wider curriculum with a view to building our children's schema of knowledge
Our curriculum map for geography clearly sets out the sequence of learning in this subject:
* Please note that some geography topics are taught alongside history if clear links are identified between the two humanities disciplines (e.g. Year 1 Summer 1 - London and the Queen).
Our geography policy provides further details on how the subject is organised:
Geography Policy 2022-23
What our children say
Geography helps me understand the area we live in.
Geography can help us to tackle climate change!
I like geography because I get to learn new facts about the Earth's history and we also learn about how the world works.
I enjoyed learning about volcanoes because you can discover how they erupt and what the world's biggest volcano is!
My favourite topic was Africa because it was really fun and we learnt about countries that you've never been to.
What it looks like
Geography at Heybrook