Clophill St Marys CofE lower school

Geography

Intent:

We want our children to understand their place in the world. Our intent is to inspire curiosity about the human and natural worlds at local, national and global levels. Our children will learn about a diversity of places and people as well as the world’s landforms and resources. They will be taught about the interactions between humans and their environment and their responsibilities in this relationship. We aim to encourage inquisitiveness and children will be given opportunities to undertake practical investigations and field work to solidify their understanding.

Implementation:

Mrs. Collins is our Geography Co-ordinator.

At St. Mary's, Geography is taught through "Understanding the World" within the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in Acorn and Chestnut (Nursery and Reception):

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

We teach the Geography National Curriculum in Birch to Oak (Years 1 to 4):

Geography Programmes of Study Key Stages 1 and 2

The following table shows which Geography topics are taught throughout the school:

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Acorn

(Nursery) 

Cycle 1

 

 

 

Me and My World:

Where we live – physical features of our home

Autumn – weather and environmental changes

How to travel the world

People Who Help Us (Superheroes):

Locations of emergency services buildings

Winter and Spring – weather and environmental changes

Monkey Puzzle:

Jungles – locating on a map, physical features and animals found there

Comparing weather here to South America

Journey of a banana to us

Zoo trip – using a map to navigate around

Summer – weather and environmental changes

Acorn

(Nursery)

Cycle 2

 

 

 

Me and My World:

Where we live – physical features of our home

Autumn – weather and environmental changes

How to travel the world

Once Upon a Time:

Physical features of caves, forests, swamps and mountains

Winter and Spring – weather and environmental changes

Down on the Farm:

Farms – locating on a map, field use, drawing maps

Comparing weather here to Asia

Farm to fork

Farm trip – using a map to navigate around

Summer – weather and environmental changes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reception

(Chestnut)

Cycle 1

 

 

Me and My World:

Where we live – who lives there

Comparing houses in the village

Making a basic map of the school

Autumn – weather and environmental changes

Milton Keynes panto trip – journey, distance and simple differences with Clophill

People Who Help Us (Superheroes):

Features and locations of emergency service buildings – using a map and marking in relation to Clophill

Introduction to Digimaps

Winter and Spring – weather and environmental changes

 

Monkey Puzzle:

Jungles – locating on a map, physical features and animals found there

Comparing weather here to South America

Journey of a banana to us

Zoo trip – using a map to navigate around

Summer – weather and environmental changes

Reception

(Chestnut)

Cycle 2

 

Me and My World:

Where we live – who lives there

Comparing houses in the village

Making a basic map of the school

Autumn – weather and environmental changes

Milton Keynes panto trip – journey, distance and simple differences with Clophill

Once Upon a Time:

Physical features of caves, forests, swamps and mountains

Location of nearest Castle

Introduction to Digimaps

Winter and Spring – weather and environmental changes

Down on the Farm:

Farms – locating on a map, field use, drawing maps

Comparing weather here to Asia

Farm to fork

Farm trip – using a map to navigate around

Summer – weather and environmental changes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Year 1

(Birch)

Cycle 1

Magnificent Things:

UK – countries and capital cities – using world maps and atlases, related vocabulary linked to human features and locational and directional language

How places are linked: Clophill to London and Milton Keynes

Fire and Ice:

7 continents and 5 oceans

Comparing Southampton to Port Elizabeth – using world maps and atlases, related vocabulary linked to physical and human features and locational and directional language

Seasonal weather changes

Clophill to Coast:

Village/local area study – including creating maps, observational skills, changes and suggesting improvements, related vocabulary linked to human and physical features

How places are linked: Clophill to Brancaster (seaside/coast) and what Brancaster is like

Year 1

(Birch)

Cycle 2

Castles and Crowns:

UK – countries and capital cities – using world maps and atlases, related vocabulary linked to human features and locational and directional language

How places are linked: Clophill to London and Milton Keynes

Location and map work on Cainhoe Castle, Clophill

Let’s Get Moving:

Village/local area study – including creating maps, observational skills, changes and suggesting improvements, related vocabulary linked to human and physical features

 

Wild and Wonderful:

7 continents and 5 oceans

Comparing London to Sydney – using maps, related vocabulary linked to physical and human features and locational and directional language

Seasonal weather changes

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2

(Hazel)

Cycle 1

Magnificent Things:

UK – countries, capital cities, landmarks and seas – using world maps, atlases and globes,  related vocabulary linked to human and physical features, compass directions and locational and directional language

Fire and Ice:

Characteristics of 7 continents and 5 oceans

Comparing Southampton to Port Elizabeth – using world maps, atlases and globes, related vocabulary linked to physical and human features, compass directions and locational and directional language

Seasonal and weather patterns in the UK

Hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and North and South poles

Clophill to Coast:

Village/local area study – including creating maps, fieldwork and observational skills, aerial photographs and plan perspectives, related vocabulary linked to human and physical features, compass directions and locational and directional language

Comparing Clophill to Brancaster, Norfolk

Year 2

(Hazel)

Cycle 2

Castles and Crowns:

UK – countries, capital cities, landmarks and seas – using world maps, atlases and globes,  related vocabulary linked to human and physical features, compass directions and locational and directional language

Location and map work on Cainhoe Castle, Clophill

Let’s Get Moving:

Village/local area study – including creating maps, fieldwork and observational skills, aerial photographs and plan perspectives, related vocabulary linked to human and physical features, compass directions and locational and directional language

 

Wild and Wonderful:

Characteristics of 7 continents and 5 oceans

Comparing London to Sydney – using world maps, atlases and globes, related vocabulary linked to physical and human features, compass directions and locational and directional language

Seasonal and weather patterns in the UK

Hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and North and South poles

 

 

 

 


Year 3

(Rowan)

Cycle 1

Exciting Egypt:

Locational knowledge and human and physical geography of Egypt using maps, globes and atlases

Keep Calm and Carry On:

UK counties and key features

UK cities

Human and Physical geographical similarities and differences between Dover and Dunkirk using maps, globes and atlases

4 figure grid references

Fieldwork and plans and map creation during Holdenby Hall trip

Storms and Shipwrecks:

Locational knowledge and human and physical geography of the Bahamas using maps, globes and atlases

Comparison between the Scilly Isles and the Bahamas

Weather conditions and patterns

4 points of a compass

Year 3

(Rowan)

Cycle 2

Looking Locally:

UK counties and key features

UK cities

Human and physical geographical similarities and differences between the UK and India using maps, globes and atlases

4 figure grid references

Fieldwork, plans and maps of Clophill

The Italian Job:

Locational knowledge and human and physical features of Rome using maps, globes and atlases

Fieldwork and plans and map creation during Roman trip to Milton Keynes

Open Wide, Look Inside:

Locational knowledge and human and physical geography of Brazil using maps, globes and atlases

Comparison between the UK and Brazil

Weather conditions and patterns

4 points of a compass

 

 

 

 

 

Year 4

(Oak)

Cycle 1

Exciting Egypt:

Locational knowledge and human and physical geography of Egypt using maps, globes and atlases

Straight line distances

Keep Calm and Carry On:

Countries in Europe

Human and Physical geographical similarities and differences between Dover and Dunkirk using maps, globes and atlases

UK regions, cities and countries

4 to 6 figure grid references

Fieldwork and plans and map creation during Holdenby Hall trip

Storms and Shipwrecks:

Locational knowledge and human and physical geography of the Bahamas using maps, globes and atlases

Comparison between the Scilly Isles and the Bahamas

Weather patterns

Straight line distances

8 points of a compass

Year 4

(Oak)

Cycle 2

A Local Look:

Human and physical geographical similarities and differences between the UK and India using maps, globes and atlases

UK regions, cities and countries

4 to 6 figure grid references

Fieldwork, plans and maps of Clophill

 

The Italian Job:

Countries in Europe

Locational knowledge and human and physical features of Rome using maps, globes and atlases

Straight line distances

 

 

Open Wide, Look Inside:

Locational knowledge and human and physical geography of Brazil using maps, globes and atlases

Comparison between the UK and Brazil

Weather patterns

Straight line distances

8 points of a compass

As a school we subscribe to the Geographical Association to support our knowledge, understanding and development of the subject and Digimap to support our teaching practice. 

 Impact:

All children are assessed in Geography by their teachers, on a termly basis.  Mrs. Collins then analyses the attainment and progress of the whole school in this area.  This information informs future teaching and learning in Geography.