At Blakehill we believe that all pupils should have an awareness of the people and places in our world and be able to talk about them. We want pupils to develop key geographical skills such as map work and fieldwork so that they can locate places and learn about them. We believe that through learning key facts about the places in our planet and using skills to explore what they look like our children will develop a thirst for exploring and protecting it.
We want our children to use maps to find places in our country and across the world. They will learn key skills such as reading grid references and sketching maps in order to find and navigate places. They will learn key vocabulary such as countries, continents, oceans, seas and rivers. Children will learn key points on our globe such as the equator, tropics and the hemispheres and how these impact the weather and appearance of places.
We believe that children should form an understanding of how the places in our world change and so use models and pictures in order to explore, understand and explain this. They will develop the ability to compare localities and time periods in order to notice similarities and differences.
We want to develop children who are aware of the world around them and how they fit in it. We want to prepare our children for their future and the changes which are happening to our planet and encourage them to be environmentally responsible.
In Key Stage One, our children develop awareness of their locality and what our world looks like. They learn about key countries and cities in the UK and use maps to help them with this. They learn key vocabulary such as continents, oceans and cities as well as locational words such as equator and North and South Pole in order to talk about this. In Year 2 our children develop their understanding of their local area linking their geography learning with their history unit to explore Saltaire and carry out a local walk.
In Key Stage Two, children develop their knowledge of The United Kingdom, exploring human and physical features such as rivers, coasts and settlements. They also expand their learning of these features to Europe, North and South America. They develop their map work using a range of different maps and learning key vocabulary such as North, South Hemisphere and Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Children develop their ability to make comparisons between difference locations and notice how places change over time. By Year 6, children will be able to notice links and make connections between climate and location.
Throughout school, we underpin our geography curriculum with high quality trips which provide our children with the opportunity to develop their working geographically skills. Our children carry out learning walks around the local area using maps to navigate and making observations about human and physical features. In Years 4 and 5 our children attend residentials to Nell Bank and Ingleborough. Here they experience contrasting localities and develop their comparison skills. In Year 6 our children visit Tropical world and Roundhay Park to carry out fieldwork comparing the difference between rainforests and deciduous forests.
We have carried out pupil surveys and asked our children what they do in geography. Here is some of what they had to say:
“We have looked at a globe. We have a book in our classroom all about the world” Miley, Year 1
“We learnt about human and physical features. A human feature is something made by man like houses, statues, mills and a physical feature is something that hasn’t been made by men or ladies like grass, trees, bushes, leaves, twigs” Hannah, Year 2
“Things are different now because there’s electric, things look different, people have bigger houses, more money, people go on holidays and the shops are different” Rayyan, Year 1
“Geography is about all around the world. What’s happened or what’s going on” Isobel, Year 6