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Geography

Geography

Welcome to our geography page!  This subject is hugely important in supporting your child on their journey to becoming a responsible, considerate and knowledgeable member of our diverse society.  In this section, you will find a breakdown of the curriculum expectations and ideas to support learning at home including links to other websites.  Our world is a wonderful, exciting and challenging place to explore!

 

Aim:

Our aim is for every child at Amesbury Primary School to develop a secure understanding of God’s world. This includes their local area, countries and continents beyond the United Kingdom, and an appreciation of the natural world. Our vision is achieved through a curriculum that promotes curiosity and fascination. We support and encourage our children to become responsible members of society, with the skills to navigate and explore the world around them.

 

The Curriculum:

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

  • Location and place knowledge – To name and locate the seven continents and five oceans; to name and locate the four countries and capital cities of the UK; to understand the similarities and differences between a small area of the UK and a small area of a non-European country

 

  • Human and physical geography – To identify seasonal weather patterns in the UK; to locate hot and cold areas of the world; to develop a basic understanding of the Equator and the North and South Poles; to identify physical features of a place (eg hill, mountain, river, ocean, forest); to identify human features of a place (eg city, town, village, house, shop, farm, factory)

 

  • Geographical and fieldwork skills – To use maps, atlases and globes; to use simple compass directions (North, South, East, West); to use simple directional language (near, far, left, right); to use photographs to recognise landmarks and key features; to create a simple map with a basic key; to study their school, its grounds and the surrounding area

 

Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)

  • Location and place knowledge – To name and locate the countries with a focus on Europe, North America and South America; to explore environmental regions, key human and physical features and major cities; to name and locate counties and cities of the UK; to explore key features and land use patterns, and to explain how these have changed over time; to learn about latitude, longitude, the Equator, Northern and Southern Hemispheres, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circles, Greenwich Meridian and time zones; to understand similarities and differences between a region of the UK, a region of a European country and a region within North or South America

 

  • Human and physical geography – To describe physical geography (eg climate zones, vegetation belts, mountain, volcanoes and the water cycles); to describe human geography (eg settlements, land use, economic activity and trade links)

 

  • Geographical skills and fieldwork – To use maps, atlases, globes and digital mapping; to use the eight compass points; to use four and six figure grid references; to use symbols and keys (including Ordnance Survey maps); to observe, measure, record and present findings on the human and physical geography in the local area; to use a range of methods to collect data including sketch maps, plans, graphs and digital technology

 

Home Learning:

Below are some ideas and website links to encourage and support your keen young geographers outside of school!

  • Explore the local area with your children… how does it change throughout the year?  Talk about the different seasons and is happening in the natural world during spring, summer, autumn and winter
  • Talk to your children about the environment and how to care for it
  • Talk to your children about places they have been and places they would like to visit – including countries and cities around the world… can you find these on Google Earth to do some virtual exploring?
  • If possible, walk to and from school… is there a different route you can take?
  • Play I Spy
  • Visit Amesbury Library and find non-fiction books about other countries or a story that happens in another part of the world
  • Create a scrapbook of photos, postcards and leaflets of places you have been
  • Look at labels on food or clothing – where were things made?  How far have they travelled?
  • If you travel to visit friends or relatives, explore their local area – how is it the same or different to Amesbury?
  • Watch the weather forecast
  • Talk about issues featured in the news, eg caring for the environment, global warming and extreme weather
  • Watch programmes narrated by Sir David Attenborough that explore different habitats around the world and the animals that live there
  • Websites:

BBC Bitesize Geography Key Stage 1: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zcdqxnb

BBC Bitesize Geography Key Stage 2: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zbkw2hv

Topmarks Geography Key Stage 1: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=90

Topmarks Geography Key Stage 2: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=96