At West Twyford, we believe that Geography is a subject that can inspire children with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which can remain with them for the rest of their lives. It therefore forms an important part of the curriculum and is taught individually as well as being incorporated across other areas of the curriculum such as literacy, art and dance. Detailed below is an overview of what your child will learn in Geography through each of the key stages.
In Key Stage 1, children develop their knowledge of the UK, and their own area. They will learn important vocabulary for different features of both the natural and man-made environments, and also learn to identify different weather and climate patterns, both in the UK and globally. Children will also be introduced to basic map-skills by using atlases, maps of the local area and learning simple compass directions.
In Key Stage 2 the children will look to extend their knowledge far beyond their local area and will study Europe as well as North and South America. They will begin to look at similarities and differences of human geography such as types of settlement and land use, particularly by thinking about social changes in Britain post 1948. They will also study physical geography elements such as climate zones, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes. This will often be taught through another topic. Volcanoes, for example, will be taught as part of a Roman Topic by exploring the impact of Mt Vesuvius on the Romans of Pompeii. By taking this approach, the children will see that Geography is a subject that impacts on all areas of our lives. Children will continue to use maps, atlases and globes and will use the 8 points of the compass in their work. They will start to consider the use of four and six figure grid references and ordinance survey maps.
The curriculum will also be supplemented by exciting school trips, to allow children to actually experience Geography, and to greater understand it impact upon us. Year 4, for example, visit the amazing Living Rainforest as part of their unit on Brazil, whilst Year 3 travel to the National Gallery in order to observe and study different depiction of Weather. As a whole school, we host a very successful international evening where we dedicate a week of learning to explore, celebrate and embrace a specific country.
Our Classroom / Our School
Paddington Bear: Maps and the United Kingdom
A South East region and the River Thames
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Biomes and Climate Zones