Geography is the study of people and places both locally and around the world. It is a fascinating subject that enables the children to learn about themselves and others. Here at Curwen, Geography can be experienced in many ways, from exploring different places on a field trip, to learning about ourselves in class.
Our vision for Geography at Curwen is that children SHINE. We seek to inspire a sense of awe and wonder about the world, enabling children to make sense of the culturally diverse environment in which they live, and life beyond the local area. Every child will develop knowledge of their environment, through real and relevant experiences, an understanding of the interconnected and dynamic nature of the world, and the challenges that we will all face in the future. Children will enjoy personal achievement through an engaging curriculum, where they are supported to develop knowledge and skills that will prepare them for the next stage in their learning journey, as well as how to be active, responsible citizens of the world.
Key stage 1
Children will develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They will understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.
Key stage 2
Children will extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. Children will develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
How could you help with your child’s learning at home?
A five minute conversation a couple of times a week can open up a whole new world of thinking and enjoyment of geography. It isn’t all about maps! Maybe you could try out one of the suggestions below.
- Learn a new country and capital city every week (http://gegraphy.about.com/od/countryinformation/a/capitals.htm)
- Have a 5 minute chat about geography in the news, e.g. the location and effect of an earthquake, volcano or hurricane, or a local planning issue.
- Identify different types of homes as you walk home from school, e.g. flats, terraced houses, semi-detached homes.
- Look for different types of land use while you walk home, e.g. transport (roads, trains, aeroplanes, canals and rivers), homes, businesses, parks and recreational areas, derelict land.
- Ask your child a “What if…?” question, linking it to the effect on people, places and the environment – e.g. What if we didn’t have any electricity? What if we no longer had mobile phones? What if water stopped flowing from our taps? What if all the bees in the world died?
You could introduce your child to some of the geographical websites and online resources available that bring the world of Geography to their fingertips. Here are a few suggestions.
- Geography games and homework help are available from Ordnance Survey.
- National Geographic Kids has a website packed full of fascinating facts, games and quizzes.
- Maps at your fingertips!
- Guess where you are in the world using this amazing Geoguessr game!