Intent: What we want to achieve through Geography teaching
At Laceyfields Academy, our intent when teaching Geography is to develop our children’s knowledge of their immediate surroundings, their local area, the United Kingdom and the wider world. Our children will be curious about different places, people, climates and environments. We want to develop their understanding of physical and human features so that they can make informed choices about future education, work and travel.
Implementation – How we do it here
Our children learn about different places by using a range of sources such as maps, photographs, Google Earth and documentaries. In EYFS, children develop their understanding of the world through continuous provision. In KS1, children develop their geographical skills by asking questions, acquiring information, analyzing and presenting their findings. Children read and use symbols on maps relating to places as well as to different weather patterns and climates. Studying different human and physical features in their local area and beyond enables our children to understand the world has varied landscapes. Practical experiences such as reading and following maps and using multi-media provide life-long skills.
Impact: How we will see effective Geography teaching
Our children will be ready for the next stage in their education by being able to talk about the world around them and beyond using geographical language. They will confidently know how and what sources and resources to use to answer their own questions.
The Big Ideas in Geography
Describe their immediate environment using first had experiences
Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas
Know the names of the four countries that make up the UK.
Know the names the three main seas that surround the UK.
Know the name of and locate the four capital cities of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans
Know the names of and locate the seven continents of the world
Know the names of and locate the five oceans of the world
Explain some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries, drawing on knowledge from stories, non-fiction texts when appropriate.
Study the human and physical geography of the local area and understand its location in England.
Link their homes with other places in their local community.
Know the name of the nearest town or city.
Know their address, including postcode.
Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a non-European country
Know the main differences between a place in England and that of a small place in a non-European country
Human and Physical Geography
Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them including seasons
Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK-
Use basic geographical vocabulary for seasons and weather, key human features, key physical features.
Know which is the hottest and coldest season in the UK.
Know and recognise main weather symbols.
Know the main differences between city, town and village
Identify the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South poles
Use basic geographical vocabulary for key physical features and key human features
Know where the equator, North Pole and South Pole are on a globe
Identify the following physical features: mountain, lake, island, valley, river, cliff, forest and beach
Explain some of the advantages and disadvantages of living in a city or village.
Geographical skills and fieldwork
Have been introduced to a map or plan through story
Use maps to identify the UK, its countries and surrounding seas.
Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment
Use simple compass directions (NSEW)
Devise simple maps and plans
Know which is N, E, S and W on a compass.
Know the name of the nearest town or city.
Know how to follow a simple road map
Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds
Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify countries, continents and oceans studied
Use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features
Use locational and directional language (eg near, far, left, right) to describe the location of features and routes on a map
Use and construct basic symbols in a key for a map.
Know and use the terminologies: left and right, below, next to
Devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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