At Helmshore Primary School, we believe that becoming a Geographer enables a child to develop a fundamental understanding of themselves and their place in our world. Geography inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. They will develop knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. They will gain an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As the children progress through school they acquire the ability to understand the interaction between physical and human processes. 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.
In Early Years Foundation Stage the children learn about the world around them. In KS1 (Y1-2) and in KS2 (Y3-6) children develop knowledge about their locality, the United Kingdom and the world. Subject specific vocabulary is taught and a range of locations in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Australia are studied throughout the key stages. Map skills are developed through the use of atlases, maps and globes, together with aerial photographs and plans and fieldwork in the local area. Human and physical geography explores the interaction of how people live and cultures develop in tandem with the environment. They will learn about weather systems, climate and biomes.
Computing and digital technologies are used in the Geography curriculum to enhance learning. Geography is part of the ‘connected curriculum’ whereby links are made with other subject areas such as Literacy, Maths, P.H.S.E., M.F.L. and Science. We use a range of teaching strategies because we recognise that there are children with differing abilities and learning styles in school, in order to ensure suitable learning opportunities for all pupils. The children are encouraged to research, ask questions and challenge ideas and present their finished activity to each other. Tasks are set to challenge and develop all pupils, including those with Additional Needs, Pupil Premium and Gifted and Talented children.