Ladycross Infant and Nursery School

Geography

At Ladycross we promote a broad, balanced and inspirational Geography curriculum, jam packed with exciting visitors and experiences! Our youngest learners in the Early Years begin their geographical adventures by thinking about the places they know - their homes and those of their friends. They also get a basic introduction to the Explorers topics which follows in KS1 by learning about under the sea and in outer space. In KS1 our Y1 children build on their knowledge of their school and local area to carry out fieldwork and mapwork, before learning about the United Kingdom. By Y2 the children are ready to explore the whole wide world, with all its continents and oceans, as well as carry out comparative studies between Sandiacre and areas of the world with similar populations.  Our little geographers are perceptive, critical thinkers who are engaged and enthusiastic during geography lessons. At Ladycross we strive to bring geography to life and you can see how we do this, whilst promoting a progression of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills by clicking on the links:

Geography skills and Knowledge Progression

Geography curriculum map

Geography policy 

 

Intent:

 

At Ladycross Infant and Nursery school, we place a great emphasis upon the importance of Geography lessons being enquiry based and promoting independent learning. Geography is an exciting subject within our school and it is incorporated into our enquiry questions learning approach in order to help our pupils become aware of the world that we live in, not only in terms of our location in the world but also what life is like in different countries. Whilst Geography provides a basis for pupils to understand their role within the world, by exploring locality and how people fit into a global structure, the subject also encourages children to learn through experience, particularly through practical and fieldwork activities.

 

Through the teaching of geography within a project-based curriculum, Ladycross Infant and Nursery school intends to:

 

  • Increase pupils’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of other cultures.
  • Develop pupils’ key skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps.
  • Make pupils aware of environmental problems at a local and global level.
  • Encourage pupils to commit to sustainable development.
  • Develop a variety of skills, including those in relation to problem-solving, computing and presenting conclusions in the most appropriate way.

 

It is intended that teachers are confident in the planning, teaching and assessment of Geography. Teachers will fully understand the ‘key skills’ and topics to be taught within each year group. They will confidently use the National curriculum and ‘progression of skills documents’ to plan engaging and varied geography lessons. Teachers will evidence the key objectives covered within each lesson and will reflect upon the children’s learning after each lesson, to inform a final teacher-based assessment at the end of each half term. Assessment will then be analysed and interpreted in order to inform future planning and lessons.

Implementation:

Teaching of Geography in the Foundation Stage:

 

Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, activities and experiences for pupils are based on the seven areas of learning and development. Provision focuses upon four specific areas:

  1. Literacy
  2. Maths
  3. Understanding the world
  4. Expressive arts and design

In particular, geography-based activities play an important role in developing pupils’ understanding of the world, helping them to comprehend a world beyond their local community.

 

Teaching of Geography in Key Stage 1:

In key stage one, pupils will develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They will be taught to 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.

 

Impact:

Children will develop a clear knowledge all aspects of the Geography National Curriculum, they will understand the location of ‘significant’ British and global places including their physical and human characteristics. They will understand the processes that cause change, over time, to physical and human features. In addition, children will gain competence in key geographical skills. Teachers will feel confident in teaching Geography through relevant CPD/lesson observations/learning walks/feedback/clear routines. Teachers will assess Geography throughout each topic of work and will use assessment to inform planning, which is specific the children’s emerging needs in order to ensure all children receive high quality teaching.

Pupil Voice

"Lessons are fun because the teacher explains it well. We get to eat different foods - like the spicy chicken we had when we learnt about India." - Y2 pupil 

"I liked it when we walked around Sandiacre and looked for buildings. We passed Co-op, Springfield Mill and my house. Then we made maps. We got a big piece of paper and drew what we saw when we walked round." - Y1 pupil

Look at some of our amazing Geography work!

 

Photo Gallery 

 

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