At St.Joseph's Primary School we believe that children should learn about themselves and their environment. It is part of Learning about Our World, a key element of our Curriculum.
Our Early Years Curriculum enables children to explore and develop in knowledge and skill through themes. Many of these themes ensure the chance to develop a basic understanding of geography, a sense of place and to wonder at the natural world.
They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things
We aim for children to have the following skills and knowledge by the end of the EYFS:
We aim for all children to have the following skills and knowledge by the end of Key Stage One:
We aim for all children to have the following skills and knowledge by the end of Key stage Two:
Key stage one coverage
Key Stage Two coverage
The following Early Years themes have a Geography link-
Areas in provision are set up to enhance and therefore Geography objectives can be covered through child initiated learning.
The world around us- continents, oceans and the UK
Our locality- human and physical features of the hamlet /village/ town /
West Cumbria / Lake District
Another locality -human and physical features of a village/ town in Africa
Weather and Climate in the UK and the world- severe weather in the UK and around the world
Compass directions- 4 points and directional language
Maps – human and physical features, create own simple map with symbols and use ICT to explore maps
Study of school grounds and village.
The UK- human and physical features, using an atlas. Our locality in context
Our region- The Lake District ( human and physical features) compare to a city (Carlisle/ Edinburgh/ London)
The journey of water- the water cycle (local rivers – Ennerdale Water)
The world- longitude/ latitude, Equator and Time zones, climates and biomes
Volcanoes, tsunami and earthquakes- why do they occur and what impact do they have?
Maps – human and physical features, create own maps with symbols and use ICT to explore maps.
8 -point compasses- why are they useful?
Europe- countries, cities and climates- key places/ characteristics
Europe focus – Greece / Italy ( linked to History)
South America focus ( linked to Mayan’s)
Human geography- settlements and land use locally and in UK- sketches, maps and carrying out field work
Use of grid references on maps, ordnance survey maps