“Oh, the Places You’ll Go…..
You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day!
Your Mountain is waiting. So….get on your way!” - Dr Seuss
Geography at Ivy Bank enables pupils to have a curiosity about the world – all places and spaces have a history behind them, shaped by humans, earth and climate and pupils will develop a meaning and awareness to places and spaces, including spatial awareness of the globe and it's future.
Geography helps to develop problem solving skills and enables pupils to explore their own world. It seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there and how they develop and change over time. Pupils have opportunities to use and reflect on their prior knowledge and personal experiences and “be inspired in curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives” (National Curriculum).
All pupils at Ivy Bank School are taught Geography. The whole school plan begins with the immediate world around them, building out into world wide Geography, using a sequence of lessons to develop understanding of a Geographical enquiry or topic. Pupils have regular opportunity to use prior knowledge in their Geography lessons during each school year and across their whole school experiences, develoing their locational and place knowledge, human and physical geography and fieldwork skills in each year group, with a wide range of topics to include local, national and global geography.
In EYFS, ‘Development Matters’ will be used as a guide to help pupils to develop their knowledge and skills of Geography, primarily within ‘Understanding the World’ as well as many other areas of the EYFS curriculum. Using a wide range of sources including stories, photographs, video clips, first hand experiences (past, present and future), small world play, the outdoor environment and discussions, pupils in EYFS will learn about the world around them, exploring nature, living things, different countries, making simple maps, positional language, recognising and naming features, including the seasons and finding similarities and differences in all of these.
In KS1 and KS2, pupils will follow the National Curriculum.
Within KS1, pupils will develop their knowledge beginning in Year 1 with their immediate locality of the school and moving onto learning about the UK, naming countries and places in the UK and the features of weather and coasts. Year 2 will develop this further by finding Geographical features of their home town of Macclesfield, learning about the continents and oceans of the world and exploring the Arctic. All pupils in KS1 will develop their Geographical vocabulary, relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observations and map skills.
Within KS2, pupils will extend their place and location knowledge beyond the local area, within the UK, Europe and Worldwide, including North and South America. Pupils will have opportunity to explore Cheshire, Counties in the UK and Countries of the World. Pupils will continue to learn new Geographical vocabulary, develop their knowledge of human and physical features (including Volcanoes, The Water Cycle, Rivers and Biomes) around the world and learn new fieldwork skills, including reading and using maps.