Geography at Christ the King
Geography consists of many different elements, in Christ the King we aim to maximise opportunity for children to learn and understand the elements of geography. Geography is skill focused; teachers use the national curriculum alongside milestones for each year group to ensure all skills are taught and developed throughout the year which ensures progression across year groups. Using our core text approach, teachers then find a way in to teach the set of skills. We believe that teaching Geography in this way gives the children a purpose and enables them to link it to their learning as opposed to stand alone lessons which has no link to what they are learning in other areas of the curriculum. In addition, teaching in such way encourages the children to apply their learning elsewhere and use what they have been taught which results in greater understanding and develops their independent learning. Children are encouraged to identify pre-existing links between geography and other areas of the curriculum as well as forging their own links, for example the relationship between Geography and Maths.
The opportunity that children now have for regular forest school and empty classroom days enable them to study their local area in greater depth; as well as enhance map skills including reading maps and creating their own maps. As a result children are in good stead to further develop geographical skills especially when beginning to use grid references.
Geography should create awe and wonder among children so that they take autonomy of their learning by developing their own ideas and questions.
Children should be provided with the opportunities which enable them to use and develop their knowledge and skills. We encourage children to 'get outside' and use a range of mapping including OS maps and digital maps to support this. Being outside also provides many benefits for mental health and well being. Below are some useful links to support if you would like more information or conduct some fieldwork as a family.
What questions come to your mind when you look at these images?
What are the human and physical features?
Where in the world could this be?
What makes you think that?
Around the World Day
So much fun was had by all on around the world day. Every year group studied a different country for the entire day. We learnt about the geography of the country and the culture. We then performed and explained what we had learnt to the rest of the school; there was a range of dances, songs and facts. We cant wait to share our knew knowledge with people.