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Geography

Queens’ Federation: Geography Subject Statement

Intent

At the Queens’ Federation we aim to foster ‘Learning for Life.’

We will provide a rich, relevant and inspirational curriculum that promotes a lifelong love of learning and equips our pupils with the key knowledge and understanding, skills and personal qualities that they will need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Our curriculum is designed to be relevant to our children and is linked to the context of our school and the local community.

At the Queens’ Federation, we aim to inspire pupil’s curiosity, interest and appreciation about the world and the people who live in it. We strive to provide pupils with a broad and balanced geography curriculum which develops their understanding of locational knowledge, place knowledge and human and physical geography. This is accompanied by the development and application of key skills, supported by fieldwork.

Implementation

Our geography curriculum is centered round the development of an understanding of the geographical area in which we live, including the schools grounds themselves. Pupils will learn about their immediate local area, the wider local community and where our community fits into Great Britain and the world beyond. The curriculum is designed to develop the key knowledge and skills to find out about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Key geographical skills and knowledge are built upon year by year and are sequenced appropriately to maximize learning for all pupils.

Fieldwork, trips and visits are a key part of our geography curriculum. Our school environment and the local area is fully utilised within the curriculum and extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom are embedded within units of work. The curriculum is enriched, wherever possible, through links to learning in other curriculum areas such as history, science and mathematics.

We view assessment as a holistic process, which takes place in every lesson through observation of, in questioning and in conversation with pupils and in the production of written outcomes. Geography assessment criteria set out the key knowledge and skills that a pupil should achieve at the end of each unit of work.

Impact

 Our geography curriculum will inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives, equipping them well for further education and beyond. As pupils progress throughout the school, they will develop a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Pupil outcomes evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and at the end of each year, pupils achieve age related expectations and retain the knowledge and skills learnt from each unit of work.

Yearly Overview

Below is a table of Geography topics for each year group by term:

Geography in the Foundation Stage

Through the Knowledge and Understanding of the world area of learning children in the Foundation stage learn to make sense of their physical world and community. Their experiences help to increase their knowledge of the world around them.

Children in Nursery

  • Learn there are different countries in the World and to talk about their differences through their own experiences and what they have seen in books and photos.

Children in Reception

  • Learn to draw information from simple maps
  • They explore the natural world around them
  • They learn to recognise similarities and differences between life in the country they live and in other countries and to recognise that some environments are different from the one in which they live.
AutumnSpringSummer
Y6World War II: Locating places involved in the war and examining the impact on human migration.Fairtrade: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and waterVolcanoes/Earthquakes: Studying the causes of volcanoes and earthquakes and understanding their impact on humans and the environment
Y5Ancient Britain MapworkClimbing Mountains: Mountains and Rivers Water CycleArriving in Africa: Human and Physical Geography of Africa
Y4Land Uses - Atlas SkillsCalifornia and East Anglia: comparing physical and human features and exploring energy sourcesThe Great Outdoors: points of a compass, lines of latitude, longitude, climate zones and biomes.
Y3India: locating India, its surrounding countries and comparing life in India to life in England.France: A comparison of a European country with the UK.Where In The World Do I Live: explore the city of Cambridge, the country we live in and the region of England we live in. Develop map reading skills and 8-point compasses
Y2Maps and the High Street: Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surround seas.Fire and Ice: Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the location of hot and cold areas of the World in relation to the equator and the North and South Pole.Sierra Leone: Compare and explain similarities and differences related to human geography.
Y1Light and Dark: Discussing the physical and human features around our school. Seasonal changes.Around the World: Learning the 4 countries of the UK, 7 continents and 5 oceans and finding these on a map. Seasonal changes,Human and Physical Features of Cherry Hinton Hall Park: educational visit. Seasonal changes.

Please take a look at some photos of the activities the different year groups have been completing this year:

Reception

Drawing a Simple Map

Exploring the Globe

Year 1

Countries of the UK

The 5 Oceans of the World

Year 2

Characteristics of the UK

Year 3

Mapwork

Year 4

Year 5

Where in the World are 5.1 from?

Year 6

World War 2

FairTrade

South America

Fairtrade

On Thursday 10th February, to conclude our work on Fairtrade, 6.2 worked in 6 groups of our choosing to create and make a new edible treat! We had to find/amend the recipe, provide the ingredients and equipment then bake it with only minimal help from our teachers. We also enjoyed preparing a stand, which included posters, logos and leaflets, as well as showing off our topic books. In the afternoon, we invited 5.1 to look at our new Fairtrade products, aiming to impress our guests and persuade them to vote for us! It was a lively afternoon, after a busy morning cooking. Everyone worked so well together to create their amazing brownies, delicious truffles and adorable gingerbread men!

For more information please click on the link to view our Geography Policy on our Policies page.