Geography Subject Statement
At North Walsall Primary Academy, we feel it is important to nurture and encourage children’s natural curiosity, to shape them into inquisitive, questioning learners, who look closely at the world around them and begin to be able to interpret what they see. The children are encouraged to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the world around them, alongside key skills which are transferable to other areas of the curriculum. The Geography curriculum is designed in a progressive way which enables children to build on prior knowledge, skills and understanding whilst experiencing engaging learning experiences.
In Early Years, Geography comes under the curriculum area of ‘Understanding the World,’ providing links with Science and History. As the children move through the school, we aim for them to experience an engaging, coherently planned Geography Curriculum including; Locational Knowledge, Place Knowledge, Human and Physical Geography and Geographical Skills and Fieldwork, linking with prior knowledge, skills and understanding.
At North Walsall, we use the ‘Cornerstones’ programme to support the delivery of our teaching and learning. In Key Stage 1 we begin to look in more detail at our local area, particularly during our topics of ‘Childhood’ in Year 1 and ‘Street Detectives’ in Year 2. We use maps to investigate our local area, studying the human and physical features, whilst comparing it to other areas and countries. The children learn to draw and interpret maps and to develop a variety of other skills through our topic work, including those of enquiry, problem-solving, investigating and presenting our work, drawing on skills learned in Maths and English and applying them in new ways. We also have a focus on wider reading and developing the children’s vocabulary.
In Key Stage 2 we begin to study, in more detail, the vast world that we live in. Through topics such as ‘Misty Mountain Sierra’ in Year 4 where the children study features such as mountain ranges and rivers to ‘Frozen Kingdoms’ in Year 6 studying Arctic Regions and extreme weather. The children progressively build on their learning from Key Stage 1, continuing to draw and interpret maps, further develop their geographical vocabulary and use and practice their ever-increasing cross curricular skills.
Our engaging, coherently planned Geography curriculum aims to ensure children leave our school as an inquisitive learner who not only engages with, but questions and enjoys the world around them. They will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and
understanding to prepare them for their next step in their education but also, some might argue more importantly, the desire and want, to continue to explore and investigate what the world has to offer.