At St John Fisher Geography teaching is about developing an understanding of our world, primarily through experience, investigation and learning from primary and secondary sources. We use fieldwork to study the local area by collecting, analysing and communicating a range of data. To study further afield, we use a range of sources including: maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
High quality geography education should inspire pupils’ curiosity about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with the knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
In Key Stage 1, pupils develop knowledge about their school and local area through field work, they also study the United Kingdom and learn about the countries and capital cities within it. Moving to the wider world they will look at the world's seven continents and five oceans being able to locate them on a map or globe.
In Key Stage 2, pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding of the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. As pupil progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between human and physical processes, and the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different time scales have shaped, interconnected and changed over time.
We use the ‘Challenge Curriculum’ to promote geographical enquiry, allowing our pupils to investigate, consider, reflect and review. The children’s geographical learning in a mixture of finding out about our local area and the wider world. We have also tried to make links with the English curriculum and the book they use in the Pathways to Write Programme wherever possible.
Each unit is supported by a knowledge mat which details the key vocab, interesting books and the key knowledge required. These are given to children at the start of each new topic.