The children at our school develop a passion for enquiry in Geography and develop their knowledge and understanding through a sense of the world around them. Our children are encouraged to explore their local environment and use it as a primary source to help them understand the wider world and our local community. This is one of the building blocks that enables strong connections and comparisons to other people and places. Our children consider similarities and differences between physical and human geographical features and how they changeover time. This is brought to life through active information gathering,in the variety of trips planned throughout the year groups, for example a city (London) and through visits to the countryside and beaches.
During fieldwork, our children are taught to use a range of tools to gather their data, progressively making choices and becoming creative in their design of an investigation. Creative approaches across the school include activities such as using play-doh to visualise and create different countries, landscapes and physical features; these may be reshaped several times as their knowledge and understanding develops. Grappenhall Heys celebrates the cultural diversity of the pupils in our school, recognising key festivals and events and inviting our families to share their experiences of contrasts between different places in the world.
During our Geography lessons, the children develop a deep feeling of care and respect for people, places and our world. Our Eco team leads our school’s drive to respect our local community and the wider world - they embrace change and apply their geographical understanding.
Children were asked to describe their experience of Geography and their favourite pieces of work.
Here are some of the words they came up with:
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What do we do to make Geography special?
Each year children have many opportunities to enhance their personal development through engaging in organised field work linked to their topic. Field work trips such as Lledr Hall, Burwardsley and our London residential help children to focus on the similarities and difference between between where we live and other areas of the United Kingdom.
Our Geography Long Term PlanClick for our Skills and Knowledge Progression
NATIONAL CURRICULUM OUTLINE
In Early Years, the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Curriculum and Development Matters documents are used to for planning and assessment. In the Foundation Stage, pupils experience a wide range of activities linked to Understanding the World. Activities are planned around a set topic and offer children a range of opportunities to explore new learning in different forms.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, in line with the National Curriculum, lessons are planned and taught to ensure cross-strand coverage of the three strands of the Geography curriculum.
-Human and physical geography.
Children will be taught to...
Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans.
Use simple compass directions and locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map.
Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.
Use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world.
Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs and digital technologies.
How is my child assessed?
Children are assessed against their understanding of the topics taught and the skills gained. Children's vocabulary will develop each year as they progress through the Geography curriculum.