The geography curriculum helps children to provoke questions and provide answers about the natural and human aspects of the world and their relationship with one another. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Moston Lane Community Primary School enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas. Moreover, by learning about different places and cultures, children will further appreciate and celebrate the differences between people around the world and indeed one another. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops and understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We aim to inspire and maintain in children a fascination about the world and to promote their understanding of natural and human environments and the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
This will be implemented through a series of knowledge and skill-based lessons with appropriate challenge and progression between each year group. We ensure that lessons are relevant by allowing children to express what they already know at the start of each topic. This also ensures that we are aware of the different starting points for each child. Cultural capital is built both through the planning of lessons around experiences of the local area and the use of online resources for further fieldwork opportunities. Cross curricular outcomes in geography are planned for, especially within writing. In Reception geographical knowledge is taught through ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in reception to have an ‘Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’ by the end of the academic year. In years 1-6, the curriculum is taught through geographical skills and fieldwork, locational knowledge, human and physical geography and place knowledge. ‘What if…?’ questions within lessons deepen and embed geographical learning through the use of hypothetical scenarios upon which children debate and apply the knowledge they have learnt.
Throughout the school, children are encouraged to understand and appreciate their local area and its similarities and differences with other places in the world. Fieldwork within the local area and the use of a wide range of sources will allow children to develop their geographical skills and provoke a wide range of child-led, inquiry-based questions. Attitude towards and attainment in geographical learning will be reported annually to parents. The impact of the curriculum will also be demonstrated through termly pupil voices, learning walks and displays.
Please click on the link below to view the geography policy:
Below is the ‘Curriculum Map’ and 'Progression of Skills & Knowledge', which outlines the activities and skills that will be taught throughout the year:
Here you can find the 'Age Related Expectations' for each year group, which outlines what skills a child should be able to do at the end of each year. Children will be assessed against these expectations to see what they have achieved, and what they need to work on next.
Please follow the links to find out more about the expectations for your child:
Please find the 'Knowledge Organiser' for your child's year group and topic below. They contain key words and information that the children will be learning throughout their topic this half term.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Year 6|
|Autumn 1 - Weather and Seasons||Autumn 1 - Rivers|
|Autumn 2 - Hot and Cold Places||Autumn 2 - Climate Zones||Autumn 2 - Volcanoes and Earthquakes||Autumn 2 - United Kingdom|
|Spring `1 - Continents and Oceans|
|Spring 2 - United Kingdom||Spring 2 - North America||Spring 2 - Rainforests||Spring 2 - Mountains|
|Summer 1 - South America||Summer 1 - European Region||Summer 1 - Local Area|
|Summer 2 - Local Area||Summer 2 - Mugumareno Village||Summer 2 - Rio|
There is an amazing 37 languages spoken in our school, which means we get to find
out so much about other countries all over the globe. We are very lucky!
Geography around our school
Christmas around the world project
Each team across the school focused on a different country, found it on a map and learned about the different Christmas traditions and culture. Have a look at their amazing work!
EYFS - Australia Team 3 - Kenya
Team 4 - Japan Team 5 - France
Team 6 - China Team 7 - Germany
Team 8 - Spain Team 9 - Croatia
Team 10 - Portugal Team 11 - The Netherlands
Team 12 - Iceland Team 13 - Catalonia (Spain)
Team 14 - Ukraine Team 15 - Jamaica
Team 16 - Mexico
Moston Lane held a very special and important week in school during the summer term. Each class learnt about the 2016 Rio Olympics. Alongside learning about Brazil, each class did lots of research into a country of their choice. It was a fun-filled week, which included a variety of creative activities such as food tasting, art, music and dance.