Geography is a statutory, National Curriculum subject and is taught from Year 1-6. Across the school, teachers take on a topic-based approach, linking key geography content with other areas of the curriculum. This typically relates to key texts in English.
In Reception, geography falls under the remit of ‘Understanding the World’ and teachers plan opportunities for children to explore indoor and outdoor environments. At Key Stage 1 (Year 1 & 2). Children develop location knowledge - such as continents, oceans and countries of the UK - and their knowledge of place by comparing human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, with a contrasting non-European country. They also develop human and physical geography-specific vocab.
At Key Stage 2 (years 3, 4, 5, & 6), pupils extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include Europe and America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. This includes human features such as types of settlement and land use as well as distribution of resources. In physical geography studies they learn about a range of aspects such as volcanoes and earthquakes, climatic zones, rivers and the water cycle.
Each summer there is a whole-school geography week. This provides an opportunity to engage in ‘hands-on’ geography, developing geographical skills and fieldwork. Pupils use the local environment to learn about different human and physical features, and the week provides opportunities to collate, record and present findings.