Geography is a valued part of the curriculum, providing a purposeful means for exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. Geography explores the relationship between the Earth and its people through the study of place, space and environment. At Etz Chaim, pupils learn the skills of understanding a locality and how and where people fit into its overall structure. We encourage children to learn through experience, particularly through practical and fieldwork activities and develop a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
The National Curriculum divides Geography into four strands: location and knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork.
Location and Knowledge
Throughout the entire skills location and knowledge is taught and progression is evident. From as early as foundation stage, we see the development of skills, knowledge and understanding that help children make sense of their world as an integral part of the school’s work. As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, we plan opportunities based on Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Throughout Key Stage One and Two we develop locational skills of continents, cities, oceans and different elements of the United Kingdom. Each year we identify different parts of the world, building on previous learning, using atlas, globe and technological resources.
Within Key Stage Two we develop locational skills further by making comparisons of a human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom to different areas around the world. Throughout our Jewish studies curriculum we explore Judaism within different regions and build comparisons from this. We progress and explore different regions each year linked with our topics and ensure that when possible field trips take place to support learning.
Human and Physical Geography
We explore human and physical geography throughout KS1 and 2 through a range of different topics. We explore seasonal changes, physical and human features of different locations for examples beaches, cities etc. we explore these aspects linked to our topic and use a range of different resources such as aerial photographs and maps to support the children’s learning. These skills are extended in Key Stage Two to include areas such as settlements and trade activity. We link with our Jewish studies curriculum to ensure that we are covering these aspects when looking at the history of Israel and Judaism around the world.
Geographical skills and fieldwork
Throughout all our geographical enquires resources are a must! We are fortunate to have globes, atlases and compasses which we use when exploring maps and observing physical features. When possible we explore different areas to perform fieldwork investigations of our local area and beyond. We take this opportunity to introduce the children to new experiences and interview residents to help their voice to be heard.
The impact of the curriculum is clear through the progression of locational knowledge, curiosity and understanding of the world. The children leave Etz Chaim understanding how to read maps, locate different areas of the world and explore and conduct investigations to discover why our land reacts the way it does. The curiosity we embed in our children begins when ‘Understanding the World’ in Foundation Stage and is extended throughout Key Stage One and Two though fieldwork projects, locational understanding and comparison of beliefs and cultures.
Please click here to see the curriculum coverage Year 1 of 2 year cycle
Please click here to see the curriculum coverage Year 2 of 2 year cycle
Please click here to view Year 1 and 2's school trip 2017