In EYFS children begin to explore, observe and find out, developing an understanding of the world around them through child- initiated as well as adult-led activities. In KS1 and KS2 Geography is taught through topics. Where possible educational visits are used to enhance the curriculum and give children hands on experiences.
In KS1 children are taught to use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage; use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map; use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key; use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of our school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.
In KS2 children are taught to use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied; use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world; use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.
Our curriculum map shows the progression of skills and knowledge from Reception through to Year 6.
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