We alternate our Geography and History topics ensuring that our children receive a well-rounded teaching of the humanities subjects throughout the year. Geography teaching focuses on enabling children to think as geographers.
In addition, the key themes that run throughout our Geography units are:
Impact – Investigating how our world has changed and the effect that humans are having on the environment.
Connections - Ensuring children have a sound place knowledge of our country and our relationship with the rest of the world.
At Helmdon Primary School the children are confident and able to talk about what they have learnt in Geography using subject specific vocabulary. They are able to share their enjoyment of Geography and are able to recall their learning over time. Children’s work demonstrates that Geography is taught at an age appropriate standard across each year group. Their work demonstrates that they are acquiring knowledge, skills and vocabulary in an appropriate sequence. The progression in learning for Key Stage 1 and 2 is outlined in our Geography Progression document. Learning is regularly revisited in class - each lesson starts with a 'flashback' session, with reference made to learning in previous weeks, terms, years and key stages. When teachers start new units, they recap on prior learning and use our threads to deepen children’s understanding and knowledge of Geography.
Through discussion and feedback, children talk enthusiastically about their geography lessons and show a genuine curiosity and interest in the areas they have explored. Children use acquired vocabulary to interpret and convey their understanding of the world. They can analyse and interpret information in order to question and reflect on the world and its inhabitants.