Geography : Intent and Implementation
At Roe Green Infant School, we believe that geography should provoke a lifelong enthusiasm about natural and human worlds that will inspire them to think about their own place in the world, their values, their rights and responsibilities towards others, and their environment.
Geography is part of the Humanities curriculum: it is a rich and diverse subject which covers a range of places, people and habitats, as well as the study of the local area. It gives children the opportunity to learn about different parts of the world and how climate and location impacts on population and environments.
Our geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. As a starting point for their learning, children are encouraged to ask geographical questions, for example: Where is this place? What is it like? How has it changed? This questioning enables children to develop an excellent knowledge and understanding of where countries and places are in the world and what they are like, and to develop an extensive base of geographical knowledge.
In all sessions there is a focus on enriching and widening children’s subject specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography.
In Early Years, activities are planned in order to help children make sense of their physical world and community through topics that are inspiring and aim to develop children’s natural curiosity.
In KS1, skills are further developed to recognise, describe, explain, compare and evaluate human and physical geographical elements using appropriate vocabulary accurately used. Children are also given opportunities to carry out field work in our local area, in which they will learn map reading skills and develop locational and directional vocabulary.