Geography

IMAG0035In KS1 the children learn to extend their knowledge of the local area. They learn to use basic vocabulary relating to geography and start to use geographical skills, such as first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.

In Year 1, children study the seaside. They have the opportunity to see how the environment has changed over the years and use maps to support this.

Year 2 children work on improving their human and physical skills when they learn about Canada. They have loats of fun visiting the Wolf Sanctuary to learn about these creatures and even have their own class wolf mascot. They also compare and contrast hot and cold areas across the world.

In KS2 the children extend their knowledge and understanding of places within the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. They focus on identifying and understanding the characteristics of different places and contrasting and comparing physical features. They used a variety of different methods and sources to find information e.g. using atlases globes, ICT and field trips.

Year 3 use the Geocaching craze to study coordinates and position. The teacher hides a geocache (a container with items inside) somewhere in the school grounds and the children then try to locate it using GPS technology. They also spend time looking at volcanoes and earthquakes, finding out how and why these events occur. The children then have a go at making their own volcanoes.

Year 5 children look closely at Europe. They learn about different European cities such as Spain, Italy and Germany. They identify these places on maps and learn about the different geographical features. They also learn about European politics and how the European Union involves itself in issues such as the environment.

KS2 children have the opportunity to improve their geographical knowledge and skills on amazing and very memorable field trips: Year 4 visit Youlbury in West Oxford, where they spend time exploring the area; building dens; and making campfires. They take part in the zip wire and orienteering. Year 6 visit Yenworthy in Devon, where they take part in a variety of outdoor activities. The children enjoy surfing, coasteering and abseiling. These activities help to encourage team building and develop their self-esteem.

Click this link to see the National Curriculum Program of Study: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239044/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Geography.pdf P1280267

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