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Church of England First School


Geography Curriculum Intent


Our Geography education inspires our pupils to be curious about the world around them and their place in it. The curriculum will engage and equip pupils with knowledge about the wider world, people, places and the environment. They will grow in understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human features and their growing knowledge will provoke thought and questions which pupils are encouraged to answer through observation, exploration and research. We aim for our immersive topics to develop a greater understanding of historic and contemporary issues in our society and environment. Key skills such as map knowledge and Geographical enquiry are promoted throughout the curriculum and are thread within our geography topics.


In Key stage 1, Pupils will develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom, their locality and environmental issues. They will begin to understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.


In Key Stage 2, pupils will extend their knowledge of the United Kingdom, and develop their understanding of the world beyond their locality to include Europe and the Americas. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world's most significant human and physical features. The children will also further develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.


Early Years Foundation Stage: Foundational skills for Geography
In Understanding the World: People, Culture and Communities aspect, the children start by learning about their own community and conduct fieldwork and explore the school and immediate environment by observing our school and playground, discovering what is growing, what the weather is like, where our school is and so on. Seasons are also explored as the year progresses and Forest School in the summer term allows children to further explore and expand their understanding of their immediate environment.


There is an introduction to maps as pictorial representations of places and journeys. This knowledge is built on by making maps to represent places and journeys in stories. They will explore world maps and globes and use Google earth to view places worldwide including the UK. A wide range of rich texts introduce children to different places, different people, cultures etc and lead to lots of discussion and exploration. Children engage with festivals from around the world such as Diwali and Chinese New Year.

Some example of our fantastic displays which help to support and scaffold learning whilst also celebrating the excellent work our pupils produce!