‘The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world’
President Barack Obama
The road map below shows the Geography curriculum as it progresses through the St. Anne’s Church Academy from Reception to Year 6.
During EYFS, pupils will learn about similarities and differences in relation to places. They will be able to talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments may vary from one to another. Our youngest pupils will also learn about natural processes such as the water cycle and start to use early mapping skills.
In KS1, pupils will develop knowledge about their local area and then explore the rest of the United Kingdom and then the wider world. In Year 1 the children will explore their local area and learn about seaside towns by studying Weston seafront. In Year 2 the children will build on this and will extend their learning to include our closest city, Bristol.
In KS2 children will be able to make links and build on previous learning to extend their knowledge and understanding and make comparisons beyond the local area to include the whole of the United Kingdom and Europe and the rest of the world. Children will be taught geography skills: to use resources like world maps, atlases, globes, digital/computer mapping and compasses.
Concepts like change, settlement, trade and exploration will be explored through geography focused big enquiry questions like:, ‘ ‘What can I see around me’ ‘What is my town like?’ ‘What places can I explore’ , ‘ How did the river Nile help ancient Egyptians to thrive?’, ‘How Is the natural world unpredictable?’, ‘ Why do we need to adapt and change?’ Children will be taught specific, technical, vocabulary as well as key topographical features. Children will be given opportunities to develop their geographical and fieldwork skills during first-hand opportunities in the local area.