Geography curriculum statement
What is Geography?
Geography is concerned with pupils learning about their own locality, whilst becoming aware of and developing knowledge and understanding of the world beyond their own environment.
At St Augustine’s we follow the National Curriculum for the teaching of Geography. We believe that a high-quality Geography education will inspire in children, a love and curiosity of the fascinating places in the world and how the people, who live there, make these places their homes. They will learn how the diversity of natural resources and physical environments have an impact on human development and develop a clear understanding of the physical forces of nature that shape our world.
Early Years Foundation Stage
In Foundation Stage, Geography is about the children having the opportunities to find out and learn about the world they live in.
In FS1, Geography is incorporated within Communities (Local, Wider, and Global).
In FS2, Geography is taught as an integral part of topic work covered during the year. The Geography side of the children’s work is related to the Knowledge and Understanding of the World objectives set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. (Area of development 14)
Key Stages 1 and 2
In both Key Stages 1 and 2, the teaching of Geography encompasses the acquisition of four key areas of learning:
- Locational knowledge
- Place knowledge
- Human and physical geography
- Geographical skills and field work
At Key Stage 1, Geography is about developing knowledge, skills and understanding relating to the children’s own environment and the people who live there and developing an awareness of the wider world.
At Key Stage 2, Geography is about developing knowledge, skills and understanding relating to people, places and environments at different scales in the United Kingdom and overseas and an appreciation of how places relate to each other and the wider world.