Our Geography curriculum has been designed to inspire pupils to be curious about their world and its people. It is underpinned by the desire to develop an understanding of the global environmental issues that face us and how we can address the climate emergency. The curriculum will equip children with the knowledge of diverse places and peoples, natural and human environments and a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes as well as how Earth’s features are shaped, interconnected and changed over time.
Studies will be divided into 5 broad areas: study of the UK (Year 3), rainforests (Year 3), rivers (Year 4), mountains (Year 5) and oceans (Year 6). Each of these will explore geographic regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics. Comparisons between diverse regions and populations and links to relevant environmental issues will be made as appropriate (e.g. deforestation, pollution, flooding, global warming, biodiversity). Study of the local area will include a detailed study of the River Thames, how the local area has changed over time and local effects of rising sea levels. Ocean studies will focus on the effect of warming oceans, rising sea levels, ocean plastics and other environmental issues.
Geographical skills will be progressive and include the use of maps, globes and digital/computer mapping. Children will understand how to use a compass, four and six-figure grid references and Ordnance Survey maps. Fieldwork will be used to observe the local area using a range of methods.
Themes of climate, environment, society, human activity, resources, biodiversity, economy, adaption/change will run throughout.