Overview of Geography at Meadow
The National Curriculum forms the core of our teaching in Geography. Aims and objectives have been analysed, broken down and distributed to year groups and ‘topics’. The ‘topic’ of focus is referred to as our ‘Context for Learning’. This ensures that the National Curriculum objectives are covered multiple times from Year 1 to Year 6.
Building on National Curriculum objectives, each ‘Context for Learning’ is introduced by the use of a philosophical, overarching, open question. This provides the children with an understanding of why it is important and relevant to be learning about the subject matters covered. Each session is guided through more focused questions that the children investigate, discuss and research.
Using the knowledge gained during sessions, children then reflect on the session questions and at the end of a ‘Context for Learning’ topic, they use the sum of their knowledge to reflect on and answer the broader philosophical question. By encouraging critical thinking skills, children are able to use and query sources of information, consider different points of view and experiences and develop a deeper understanding of how places are linked through human experiences.
We explored artefacts to infer which continent they were from. There were many similarities between European and African artefacts like the books, school uniforms and images of cities; and there were some differences like the pictures of the rural landscape, the art carvings and some of the animals depicted.
Additional activities to support learning
In order to support learning within Geography, our children have access to a range of other experiences.
Using Virtual Reality equipment, our pupils were able to travel to North and South America, Africa and across the Globe to see many of the seven wonders!
Digimaps for schools
This online mapping tool allows children to explore grid lines, locations, changes over time and distances.
Residential visits give children the opportunity to explore a locality different to their own.