Through the teaching of Geography at St Catharine’s we aim to inspire, in all pupils, an enduring sense of curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Our geography curriculum is designed to equip pupils with knowledge and understanding about diverse places and people and resources within natural and human environments. Building on existing knowledge throughout school the children will have opportunities to recognise the interconnected nature of human and physical processes and their impact on Earth over time. Each year, we aim to build on the pupils’ existing geographical skills and enhance them further through a range of fieldwork and classroom opportunities.
Geography Is Fun
Geography is taught through half-termly topics throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. In EYFS the children explore the world around them through ‘Understanding the World’. Pupils are given the opportunity to take part in local fieldwork such as walks in the local area and develop their mapping and locational skills, regularly using atlases, globes and maps to develop their knowledge. Children are encouraged to be curious about the world around them and through their enquiries find out more about other countries and cultures in comparison to the UK. In Key Stage 1, children begin to develop their understanding of the world, the UK and their locality whilst using basic subject-specific vocabulary to enhance their awareness of their location. In Key Stage 2, children should extend their knowledge beyond the UK to include countries in other continents. This includes developing their knowledge of the location and characteristics of the world’s most significant human and physical processes and enhancing their understanding of how they are all interconnected.