A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
• develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a context for understanding the actions of processes.
• understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.
• are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Children investigate a range of places – both in Britain and abroad – to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. Geography is given integrity, builds on learning in EYFS and taught systematically through key stage 1 & 2. The NC aims are reflected in the curriculum planning. A long-term plan identifies which elements of the programmes of study are taught.
We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Sparsholt and Winchester so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. Geography should enable children to value, use and interact with their local environments. They develop their understanding through learning about Sparsholt and Winchester and how these areas connect to the wider UK region. In Key Stage 1 they understand similarities and differences between the Winchester area and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. In Key Stage 2 comparative studies link to rivers, mountain, volcanoes and earthquakes.
We also develop the children’s ability to apply geographical skills to enable them to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding to a range of audiences. Children learn geography through their eyes using a variety of resources for them to interpret, understand and question. Children of all ages are capable of different types of thinking in geography – recognise, compare, describe, explain and evaluate.