Miss Blundell is the Geography manager at All Saints
Why do we teach Geography?
- to enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of places in the world;
- to increase children’s knowledge of other cultures and, in so doing, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be positive citizen in a multi-cultural country
- to allow children to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps
- to enable children to know and understand environmental problems at a local, regional and global level
- to encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means
- to develop a variety of other skills, including those of enquiry, problem solving, ICT, investigation and how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way.
At All Saints, Geography is taught through Cornerstones Curriculum Maestro. Curriculum Maestro offers fantastic, interesting projects intended to engage all children into every subject, particularly Geography! We are currently in Cycle A (2020-2021), meaning Geography is covered through a variety of projects across each year group:
EYFS - Who lives in a rock pool? - Why do ladybirds have spots? - Why do zebras have stripes?
[pupils are also given opportunities within the Early Learning Goals ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’ to
find out more about the world in which they live and the people they encounter.]
Year 1 - Bright Lights, Big City - Paws, Claws and Whiskers - The Enchanted Woodland
Year 2 - Street Detectives - Beachcombers
Year 3 - Rocks, Relics and Rumbles - Through the Ages - Emperors and Empires - Predator! - Urban
Year 4 - Traders and Raiders - Blue Abyss - I am Warrior! - Misty Mountain, Winding River
Year 5 - Beast Creator - Fallen Fields - Alchemy Island - Stargazers - Pharaohs - Scream Machine
Year 6 - A Child's War - Frozen Kingdoms - Hola Mexico! - ID
If your child is in a mixed year group class, each term they share the same topic with one of the straight year group classes.
For example this term (Term One), Year 3/4 mixed class topic is Rocks, Relics and Rumbles. The same topic as the Year 3 straight class.
For more information regarding Cornerstones, please visit https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/curriculum/curriculum-maestro/
There are key areas for the development of Geography throughout the school. Some of the initiatives taking place this year include:
- The engagement in challenge during each Geography lesson to make sure that children’s learning are being extended.
- Geography lessons will help provide more opportunities for extended writing - allowing children to practise their writing for different genres and audiences.
- The provision of geographical books and resources to engage children in new topics.
- The provision of an after school Geography club in Term 2 for pupils from Key Stage 2. * subject to change due to COVID-19.
How can you support your children in Geography?
- Watch current affairs programmes such as Newsround - https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround
- Go and explore the landscapes around you as a family – it doesn’t matter if you live in an urban environment or a rural one.
- A holiday can also turn into a learning experience for children – talk about the weather, the coastline, the differences between coast and the mainland, pick up shells, discuss how fossils might have formed there.
- How fossils are formed - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID7qhn1ipmw&ab_channel=FuseSchool-GlobalEducation
- If your child is older, they could keep a journal of their holidays or conduct their own experiments.
- If you are able to, buy a globe or atlas of the world. Alternatively, download Google Maps and allow your child to explore new locations with you.
- Talk to your child about the world, tell them about different countries you would like to visit / have visited and discuss capital cities.
- Look at travel magazines or TV programmes about other countries.