The overarching vision for our geography curriculum is that children will have an understanding of the world around us. They need to be aware of the human impact on the planet, not just on a small scale such as our school or Canterbury, but on a large scale, such as the countries of focus. This understanding will be linked in every topic throughout the year. By the end of Year 6, children will have an understanding of both local and world geography and how it affects people’s lives, including environmental issues and features of each country. They will know key facts, including the difference between continents and countries and be able to name and place the continents on a map. They will also be able to use a map confidently to find information about each country. They will understand how the world is changing, how people are affected by these changes, and how people are trying to reduce their environmental impact.
Children will study local areas as well as building a global picture by learning about a variety of countries around the world. Children will build an understanding of places and where countries are, whilst also understanding the environment they are surrounded by. Local studies are planned for there to be a progression of fieldwork skills as children progress through the school. The school will hold an environmental impact week, coinciding with World Environment Day, during which the children will study the effects that humans are having on the planet. They will study global issues as well as local issues and will find out about how we can play our part in looking after the planet. They will also be challenged to suggest ways in which our school can lower its environmental footprint.
The teaching of the geography curriculum will be assessed throughout the progression of lessons, ensuring that knowledge and skills are built on and readdressed as needed. At the end of each unit children are assessed against an overarching question based on their learning, using a variety of supported strategies to review their understanding and application of skill. This will enable accurate assessments to be made throughout the course of the year.
- National Geographic Kids: http://www.ngkids.co.uk
- ScienceKids: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz
- BBC Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbkw2hv
- What is weather: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/whatisweather/home.shtml
- Weather Forecast: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk
- Recycling: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/recycling.html
- Environment: http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335&np=288&id=2651