Geography- A study of people and places.
Geography Curriculum Statement
Catholic Social Teaching
At St Patrick’s we believe that we are part of a global community. We care for our common home and we understand that we have an interdependence with other people and the environment. It is our intent that the principles of Catholic social teaching are intertwined across our geography curriculum.
We believe that Geography helps to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human worlds, encouraging children to develop a greater understanding of their world and their place in it. It helps to develop a range of investigation and problem-solving skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can be used to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote children’s interest and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
Through the framework of the 2014 National Curriculum, geography taught at St Patrick’s, aims to ensure that all children:
Within geography, we strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing investigative and enquiry based learning opportunities. Emphasis is placed on investigative learning opportunities to help children gain a coherent knowledge of understanding of each unit of work covered throughout the school. Children will deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and how this affects landscapes and environments.
Year 1 and 2
Year 3 and 4
Year 5 and 6
|Local and Place Knowledge||Use maps and globes to identify the continents and oceans and understand that both a map and a globe show the same thing.
Build on prior knowledge of UK regions by using maps to locate countries of Europe.
Identify the different hemispheres on a map.
Locate the key physical and human characteristics. Relate these features to the locality e.g. population sizes near tourist landmarks/rivers, transport links to mountains.
|Human and Physical Geography||Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features including: beach, coast, forest, mountain, sea, river, season: weather.
||Locate places in the world where volcanoes occur.
||Use the language of rivers e.g. erosion, deposition, transportation.
|Fieldwork||Study maps and aerial photographs and use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map.
||Create maps e.g. - Plan a tour of the school, which includes a map/ plan of the school and the main geographical features you would see identified, with a key.
||Look for evidence of past river use by visiting the location.