Geography is a subject where a child’s sense of curiosity and fascination about the world in which they live is satisfied. Through geography, each and every child can begin to make more sense of their own surroundings and of the wider world and be able to take their place in it.
At Castle Hill, geography is taught using an enquiry based approach and delivered through a topic-based curriculum. Children learn about their local environment, their country and the world through a wide range of resources including books, photographs, pictures and the internet. They use this evidence to make comparisons between places which are familiar and those far away, specifically looking at culture, food, weather, currency, physical and human environment. Children are encouraged to communicate their findings with others in a variety of different forms including leaflets, presentations, posters, maps, diagrams and drawings.
Children in Key Stage 1 develop their knowledge about their local area, the United Kingdom and the wider world. Their geographical skills begin to be developed through first hand observations and from this, they begin to use basic vocabulary relating to human and physical geography.
Children in Key Stage 2 expand their knowledge and understanding by moving beyond their local area and discover areas such as Europe and The Americas. Through this, they will learn and discover some of the world’s most significant human and physical features.
Geography at Home
Ways to help develop geographical skills at home:
- Watch the news and locate places mentioned on a map or globe
- Use Google maps to investigate the local area
- Use Google Earth to explore locations around the world
Photographs are a fantastic way of bringing geography to life, they help children to make sense of the world around them and develop an enquiring mind.
- Where do you think this place is?
- What can we see people doing?
- What is the weather like?
- Would you like to live here? Explain why.
- If you were in the picture how would you feel, what might you see or smell?