At The Southwater Infant Academy, the teaching of geography is an important part of developing our children’s sense of themselves and their place in the world. We aim to develop the children’s appreciation and respect for diversity through many opportunities within the geography curriculum. We consider the crucial links between geography and an understanding of place, developing our children as responsible global citizens within the community of Southwater. The curriculum is planned to be developmental, with each year group’s focus building on skills and concepts previously introduced and explored.
In the EYFS the children begin by exploring and discussing the features of their immediate environment, the natural world, their school, home and community. Their natural curiosity to discover the world around them is developed alongside the beginnings of map work and use of geographical language.
Moving into Key Stage One children build on their skills and knowledge by beginning to look at the wider world using maps, plans, atlases and technology such as Google Earth. The children develop their locational knowledge investigating places within our locality and across our wider world. They learn about people and communities exploring aspects of human and physical geography by investigating patterns and change. Most importantly, they learn to communicate geographically, carrying out fieldwork and developing a growing geographical vocabulary.
In Year One, children develop skills in mapping and identifying local landmarks as well as those in London of national significance. They look at seasonal changes and weather patterns across the UK. Children begin to explore maps of the wider world, looking at atlases and globes and identifying continents and oceans. They learn about the animals that live in different areas and the adaptations they have made because of the features of their habitats. They develop their geographical knowledge of the United Kingdom, learning to identify countries, cities and flags.
In Year Two these geographical skills and vocabulary continue to develop. Children learn more about places further afield, contrasting areas of the UK with areas of the rainforest and Polar Regions. They look at weather patterns on a global scale.
Across the academy special events and practical, exciting activities are used to inspire children and foster an enthusiasm for learning about the world around them. Learning takes place both indoors and out. Carefully planned off-site-visits and fieldwork ignite children’s passion for the subject and they begin to see themselves as geographers.
A variety of special events and celebrations also raise the profile of geography within the curriculum. Each year the whole school takes part in the ‘European Day of Languages’. Children dress up, sing and taste food from different countries across the continent. Fairtrade fortnight is another annual event during which children learn about the concept of Fairtrade including a focus on products and farming around the world and on how we are all responsible as global citizens to ensure our behaviours have a positive effect on people’s lives far away. A series of orienteering sessions take place in each year group and supports the development of children’s mapwork skills. Children love the opportunity to link their learning in geography to PE using the outdoor environment and real maps to navigate their way around the grounds.
Children enjoy geography at The Southwater Infant Academy. They are enthusiastic about finding out about the world around them enjoying the opportunities provided for learning outdoors and through curriculum links to other areas.
Our learners have an understanding of their place in the world. They know about the similarities and differences between places and communities and have respect for different cultures. They make good progress, and at the end of Key Stage One are equipped with a set of skills and knowledge that they can use across the curriculum in the next stage of their learning.
View our Curriculum Statement