“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.” (National Curriculum 2014)
At St Luke’s school we aim to develop in children a desire for knowledge about the world around them. Children are given the opportunities to draw and interpret maps and to develop their skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem solving. They are taught how to communicate their findings effectively and purposeful links are made to core and foundation subjects where appropriate. Children consistently and progressively learn about their local area and compare their life in this area, with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world.
Geography in Early Years
We teach geography in the EYFS as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year, relating the geographical aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals through ‘Understanding the world.’
Geography in Key Stage One
In Key Stage One children work through a range of geographical questions over the course of the year. These questions spark interest and generate further investigation and enquiry. Starting all of our topics with a question means we can assess what the children already know and adapt our teaching for what they want to find out or need to know.
The topics we cover include a local study, a national study with work that develops children’s knowledge of the British Isles and also work on international locations.
We work using a cross curricular approach, making real links to other areas of the curriculum such as art, design and technology, computing, as well as doing much of our writing during our topics, in English.
Year Two undertake a field work trip to Salford Quays as part of their learning on our local area and Year One undertake visits to the park to carry out fieldwork.
Geography in Key Stage Two
Key Stage two also approach geography through a range of geographical questions. Again, there is a focus on a range of local, national and international locations as well as a fieldwork during residential visit to LLedr Hall (Yr6). Where possible, we aim to make our learning foci cross-curricular to engage the children within their learning.