Purpose of study from the National Curriculm
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.
What this looks like in each year group
The big focus in reception this term is with phonics and maths. We will be learning all of our alphabet sounds and exploring numbers to 10 and then to 20. We will be following the children’s interests and furthering their curiosity of the world. After half term some eggs will be arriving and we look forward to seeing baby chicks hatch out. As winter turns to spring we will watch with wonder as the world around us changes.
Year 1 - Beside The Seaside
In this topic we will explore the geography of our school and grounds, and our local area. We will learn about maps, globes, atlas’ and aerial photographs. We will move on to comparing the geography of Murdishaw to the seaside and then we’ll learn a little about the history of seaside resorts.
Year 2- Where in the world are we?
This term we are exploring our place in the world, we are going to learn the location of the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans. We will then start to understand the geographical similarities and differences between where we live in Runcorn and Kenya. We are going to make links to science and learn about different animals and their habitats.
Year 3 - Forces of Nature
In this topic we are going to be learning about volcanoes and earthquakes. We will start off by looking at the earth and understanding its structure. We will look at how volcanoes are formed and be able to label the different parts of a volcano. We will them move on to looking at what causes earthquakes and how earthquakes are measured.
Year 4 - An Amazon Adventure
This term in Year 4 we'll be looking at the rainforests of the world with a special focus on the Amazon and deforestation.We'll be looking at the location, climate, animal population and comparing this to our country, studying the similarities and differences between the two.Alongside this we'll also be creating some art work based on our work, and a special design and technology project - our own mini Amazon Rainforest.
Year 5 - Europe
This term we are learning about Europe. To develop a deep understanding of this, we will be learning about continents, European countries and European capital cities through basic map reading skills and orienteering. The children will also explore the current political issues within the UK and Europe leading to class debates. We will be creating our own travel brochures to develop cross curricular writing opportunities. This heavily geography based unit will also involve looking at another continent and the contract in climates between these familiar and unfamiliar continents. We will be exploring world rivers and mountains in depth within this time . To show off our learning, through music, we will produce a holiday advertisement.
Year 6 - Amazing America’s
In this topic we will be looking at the continents of North and South America. We will find out about the countries in these continents and begin to discover the different climates, biomes and physical geography in different areas. We will use a spreadsheet to help plan a trip to a country of our choice and also visit Chester Zoo to learn about animals living on these continents. Through class votes, we will have some themed country days, where we will learn about the culture and customs of the chosen country and also try some traditional foods. WE will also use the VR headsets to 'visit' some countries too.