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Geography

Subject Leader – Mrs Lowe

 

At St. Mary’s and St. Benedict’s Primary School, our high-quality Geography curriculum aims to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum in an exciting, inclusive and challenging way. We follow the National Curriculum objectives for Geography and have adapted the curriculum to suit our needs as a school.

 

Geography teaching should equip children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

 

We aim to inspire children to think about the wonderfully diverse world in which we live in. The Geography education at our school should inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

 

Our Geography Curriculum

In Key Stage 1 children develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They learn basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.

 

In Key Stage 2 children extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom, Europe, North and South America. This includes the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.

 

In our Reception class our children work within the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework so Geography is taught through Understanding the World (People and Communities/ The World). Throughout the year, we cover these areas through our topics as children work towards achieving their Early Learning Goals. Children learn about our local neighbourhood, people and places of the world and changes in the seasons.

ECO Club 

Our Eco club consists of two representatives from each class, including our Reception class. The club meet once a week to drive initiatives throughout our school such as, recycling, litter picking, waste and reducing our electrical and water waste. Our Eco Club develops pupils’ skills, raises environmental awareness and improves the school environment.

 

Our ECO Club recently represented our school at Brockholes and took part in lots of upcycling projects, learning all about how to be sustainable and green.

Topic Week

Each year we hold a Topic week to inspire children’s curiosity about the world. We encourage visitors to come into the school and inspire children to think of current topics such as climate change, plastic pollution and deforestation.

 

Last year we had a ‘Sustainability Week’ where classes could focus on a topic of their choice:

 

  • Life under water – plastic pollution in our oceans
  • Life on land – rubbish pollution
  • Water consumption
  • Palm oil
  • Deforestation
  • Carbon pollution
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

 

We started the week with an assembly delivered by ‘Green up your act’ to tell us all about being green and reusing plastic and waste in our homes. We also had workshops all day and up cycled notebooks out of old maps and cardboard.

 

The children were also set a homework ‘Upcycle challenge’ where the children had to upcycle a product using recyclable materials. The response to the homework challenge was fantastic and we saw lots of different materials being reused to make things like footstools, flower pots, wind chimes and toys.

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SEND Pupils

For further information on how we cater for the needs of SEND pupils, please visit our SEND page and refer to our SEND policy.

 

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