At Bishop’s Primary School, the Geography curriculum prepares our children with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world and to face the challenges that will shape our societies and environments at the local, national and global scales.
Geography deepens understanding: many contemporary challenges – climate change, food security, energy choices cannot be understood without a geographical perspective. Projects and enquiry based learning allows our young people to connect information and ideas, and to work with increasingly abstract ideas.
Where possible we work from first-hand experience of our own locality as well as further afield. Geography starts early, when a young child encounters and begins to discover the world. Geographical curiosity is nourished through investigation and Bishop’s Primary brings a practical element to teaching geography. Geography is taught through projects and themes, with educational visits allowing our young people to move outwards from the familiar to the less familiar.
Our young geographers are taught to be skilful. Maps, images and numerical data are used to develop ways of looking and investigating geographically. Geographical vocabulary is developed to allow our young people opportunities to become more precise in their language, ideas and skills.
In KS1, Geography is organised through topics bringing context and real world enquiry to the curriculum. Pupils are taught the four components of Geography; locational knowledge, human and physical geography, place knowledge and geographical skills and fieldwork. A range of educational visits within and beyond the locality, allow our children opportunities to learn and use the vocabulary of key physical features.
As the children move into KS2, the curriculum becomes more thematic, focussing on the impact of physical geography such as volcanoes, extreme weather, land use and the water cycle.