Our exciting Geography topics develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and our local environment and inspire our children to develop a curiosity about the world around them and the people we live with.
Through our topics the children gain an understanding of subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation and mapping to enhance their awareness of different locations.
We learn about the seven continents and five oceans of the world and focus on the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and surrounding seas.
In year R, the children explore a range of different countries during their topic Passport to Europe. They made their own passports and travel by plane to a number of European destinations.
In Year 1 the children learn and compare the weather in the polar-regions and talk about key features in this contrasting environment. They learn simple compass directions and apply these skills to help a penguin return his egg to Antarctica. In Year 2 the children explore their local area allowing them to further develop their knowledge of key human and physical features and this enables them to develop valuable field work skills. They are able to make comparisons with their local environment and nearby coastal areas and also with countries in Africa.
In addition, the children in Year R look at the seasonal changes in our school environment with a particular focus on our local trees. During our Year R Forest Fridays, the children enjoy exploring the school grounds and have plenty of opportunity to get muddy and close to nature!
All of the children in KS1 look at the seasonal changes that affect our school environment and the impact of this on our local habitats. This is developed through a longitudinal study across the school year. The children enjoy finding suitable locations for our school mascot Henrietta Hedgehog to find food and suitable places to hibernate.