At St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Geography is an exciting and dynamic subject. It incorporates local to global aspects of Geography to help children better understand people, places and environments, and the interactions between them. Geography at St Paul’s also helps us understand how and why places are changing, and to better imagine, predict and work towards, likely and preferred futures.
The building blocks of our Geography curriculum are first observed, recognised, and ‘played with’ in the EYFS curriculum. In particular the area entitled ‘Understanding the World’ presents the opportunity for children to reflect on the events and routines that they and their peers experience. They learn about how the seasons change, different people and their roles in the local community, and are able to make comparisons between life and customs in this country compared to others.
In Key Stage 1 children investigate human and physical geography by exploring and observing their school setting and local area, where they are introduced to mapping and directional skills, including digital mapping and aerial photography. They compare and contrast their local area to Antarctica and start to think about what places are like, why people choose to live there and why places are changing. Accurate understanding and application of vocabulary encourages children to already be talking ‘like geographers’, before they even leave Year 2.
In Key Stage 2 there is a large emphasis on fieldwork and enquiry, making memorable moments come from first-hand and hands-on experiences of being a geographer. We encourage current affairs to be discussed and debated, with a strong emphasis on environmental and humanitarian concerns and questions, which run through the curriculum. Core knowledge, how places are interconnected, and why patterns of inequality exist help prepare children for global conversations and ready for Key Stage 3.