“Pupils should develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.”
National curriculum 2014
The children at St Jude’s develop their Locational and Place Knowledge by having access to atlases and maps – local, national, European and World. These are positioned around the school and identify places of current interest (an earthquake, for example), countries known to the children and their families, significant cities or areas of interest and demonstrate where Fareham fits into the wider world.
Seasonal and daily weather patterns, which is part of Human and Physical geography, is experienced and discussed in an everyday manner in order that children develop a first-hand understanding that becomes integral to their observation of their environment.
- wonderful outside space at St Jude’s allows for children to develop and improve their Geographical Skills and Fieldwork by using compass directions to follow a map to find pirate treasure, or use symbols to create a key when making their own map of the grounds. Wherever possible these skills will be integrated into other areas of the curriculum to help the children learn in context.
“Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.”
National curriculum 2014
As children move through Key Stage 2 at St Jude’s, they build on the knowledge, skills and understanding they experience in Key Stage 1. Where possible, the locations chosen to study by each year group are linked to either the novel they are reading or the concept through which their learning is being explored. (see KS2 History overview)
For example –
- Year 4 the concept the children explored in the autumn term was Freedom and the novel they read was The Railway Children. The teacher guided the children’s learning to include how the revolution of railways and rail travel across North America allowed that continent to attract hundreds of thousands of immigrants across the globe to seek personal freedom there, while it undoubtedly caused the demise of the Native American dian population.
Where no obvious link can be made the skills, knowledge and understanding of geography are taught discretely.