“The study of Geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It is about understanding the complexity of our world.” Barack Obama
“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?” Michael Palin.
At St. Edmunds through the teaching of Geography, we wish to inspire curiosity about the world, its features and its people. We want our children’s love of learning Geography to grow with them as they move through the school.
Geography teaching at St. Edmunds focuses on enabling children to think like Geographers. Our curriculum is planned to ensure geographical knowledge is taught alongside the development of subject specific skills such as interpretation of maps, comparing localities and understanding cause and effect.
We want children to ask questions about different areas, the people who live in them and the physical features they have. We want them to be able to analyse evidence, think critically, appreciate different perspectives and develop informed judgements.
The Geography curriculum covers 4 areas:
Locational Knowledge: This includes knowing the names of continents, countries and oceans in Key Stage 1 and knowing names of counties and cities in Key Stage 2.
Human and Physical Geography: This includes study of weather and physical features such as rivers, mountains and coasts. The effect of man on different areas of the world is also studied.
Place Knowledge: This covers knowledge of different countries (appropriate to age) and understanding similarities and differences to where we live.
Geographical Skills and Fieldwork: This includes reading and making maps in a variety of formats and study of the local area.
Geography at St. Edmunds is taught through broad, challenging and inspiring topics, which help children to make connections across their learning of other subjects, especially History.
The topics have been designed to complement and build on one another with clear progression and links so that as they move through the school, they will be able to explore concepts deeper by applying their Geography skills to explore different parts of the world.
As much as possible, we intend for our children to have real-life experiences to learn about our local Geography as Fieldwork is an integral part of Geography Teaching.
The sequence of learning develops our children’ subject skills and knowledge in such a way that they are able to, over time, become confident and independent learners.