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.
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 cuntry and capital city every week (http://gegraphy.about.com/od/countryinformation/a/capitals.htm)
- Have a 5 minute chat abut geography in the news, e.g. the location and effect of an earthquake, volcano or hurricane, or a local planning issue.
- Identify different types f homes as you walk home from school, e.g. flats, terraced houses, semi-detached homes.
- Lok 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 yur 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 of 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!