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Geography is taught at St. Barnabas and St. Paul’s through a topic based approach allowing it to be linked to other areas of the curriculum where appropriate. Each year group learns a different aspect of the geography curriculum linked to a set topic each half term ; all strands of the curriculum are met throughout the topic based approach. Geography at our school gives children the opportunity to look at the diverse world in which they live and explore the relationships between the earth, its resources and its people. The teachers at St Barnabas and St Pauls provide opportunities for children to develop a greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of everything that is around them from the immediate local environment to the wider world. Through the teaching of geography, children are presented with a balanced perspective on issues affecting the world. Geography encourages and enhances the enquiring nature of children’s minds, to promote questioning, observation, investigation, problem solving and critical evaluation skills. We provide opportunities for children to learn from their environment and to develop field work skills outside of the classroom, where this can be achieved safely.

We are now taking the topics and the objectives from the new curriculum.  The topics are as follows;

 

KEY STAGE ONE-Year 1

There’s no place like home.

Name and locate the 4 countries and capitals of the UK using atlases and globes. Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage.

Compare a local area to a non-European country.

Fairy tales.

Use aerial images and other models to create simple pans and maps using symbols. Use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key.

It’s a Spring thing.

Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the immediate environment. Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK and location of hot and cold areas of the world.

 

 

 

 

 

KEY STAGE ONE-Year 2

Food for thought

Location of hot and cold areas of the world.

Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage.

Winter wonderland.

Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK and location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles . Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage.

The Great outdoors

Use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map. Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment. Compare a local area to a non-European country.

 Use basic vocab to refer to local features. Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to:

key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather

key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop.

Carnival of the animals.

Identify location of hot and cold places in relation to the Equator and North and South Poles. Use geographical vocabulary referring to key physical and human features. Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage.

 

KEY STAGE TWO-Year 3

Changes in Britain the stone age to the iron age

Describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Space/The world

Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities. Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied

Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

Describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

France

Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities. Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region in a European country. Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

Viking and Anglo -Saxons

Describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

The Americas

Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities. Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of North or South America.

Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

 

KEY STAGE TWO-Year 4

Extreme Weather

Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: volcanoes and earthquakes.

Anglo Saxons and the Scots

Describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Countryside/The Lake District

Name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time. Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom. Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: rivers, mountains. Use the 8 points of a compass, 4 and 6-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world. Use fieldwork to record and explain areas.

 

Asia/China

Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and Asia concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities. Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied. Locate world countries, focusing on the Asia’s key physical and human features.

 

KEY STAGE TWO-Year 5

Africa

Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus Africa concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities. Describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water. Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

Ancient Egypt

Describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

The Mediterranean – Jolly Holidays

Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities. Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region a region in a European country.

Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

Geography fieldwork

Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies. Use the 8 points of a compass, 4 and 6-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world. Use fieldwork to record and explain areas.

Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

 

KEY STAGE TWO-Year 6

Great Britain and the World

Name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time.  Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom. Identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night). Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: biomes and vegetation belts.

Mayan Civilisation

Describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Rainforests

Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones and the water cycle.

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