A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
At East Sheen Primary School we follow the national curriculum in England for Geography.
The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
§ develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical 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.
At East Sheen Primary School we have a wide range of resources to support the teaching of geography. Each classroom is equipped with world maps and globes and many interactive materials. We also use our school grounds and local environment for map work and field study, including visits to the Thames, Richmond Park and a residential trip to Henley Fort in Y4. We encourage the children to make cross curricular links, e.g. understanding the importance of crossing points on the Thames when looking at Roman settlement in Britain.
For information on the geographical topics covered in each year please visit the Year Group pages.