Mereside CE

Geography

Intent

At Mereside we recognise that Geographical knowledge and skills can help drive feelings of self-worth, an idea about where we fit in this world, a fascination in the world in which we live and a strong desire to protect and improve it. 

Geography at Mereside has been planned considering the children first.  We want to choose topics that not only cover the national curriculum but also inspire, inform and draw on experiences of the children.  We have a curriculum that deliberately celebrates the diversity of natural landscapes, climates and cultures of plant Earth.  We believe strongly that knowledge and skills embedded through foundation subjects such as Geography can help increase a child’s ability to improve literacy and maths skills.  With this in mind there are regular links with key English texts studied and opportunities to use mathematical skills and use these to draw conclusions about places we study thus making learning a personal and real experience.  There are links with other areas of the curriculum including History, Science and RE.  The purpose of this is once again to provide opportunities to build knowledge, ease working memory and free up the brain to be making connections and asking questions.  

We endeavour to build in opportunities to steadily make manageable steps into the next stage of learning.  Harder concepts and skills from the National Curriculum are returned to throughout the child’s experiences and carefully planned right through from Reception to Year Six this is so that we can be deliberately ambitious in the questions and learning opportunities we provide the children.  As a subject we want to use field work and real life experiences as much as possible and in order to do this local area Geography is returned to in each Key stage. 

Finally as a church school we believe that love is at the heart of all that we do and in terms of Geography we hope this love is expressed through how we want to become, caring citizen who consider human’s impact on our natural world and do whatever we can to be knowledgeable enough to make decisions that impact our world positively.

 

Implementation

In order to achieve our Intent for Geography we have chosen these units specifically to address these areas of our school curriculum. 

 

Where we fit in this world 

EYFS

Y1

What are my school grounds like? Local area On site

How is Shrewsbury similar to London? 

Y2

Ongoing observational Geography Local area Around our school

Year 3 and 4

Is Berlin like Shrewsbury?

Why do people go to the Reabrook?

How Does England compare to Brazil?

How does the River Severn compare to other rivers in the world?

Year 5 and 6

Would you Like to Live in California?   

Would I rather live in Paris or London?        

Why visit Shrewsbury?

 

 

Fascination in our world

EYFS

Year 1

Seasonal change and weather patterns recording daily.  Note impact of flooding and any other natural disasters and discuss world weather events.

Continents and oceans / United Kingdom Opportunities through Child initiated learning

Year 2

Why do people want to move to Australia?

Year 3 and 4

How does the River Severn compare to other rivers in the world?

How Does England compare to Brazil?

What’s the Earth we live on actually like? Physical Geography

Year 5 and 6

Would you Like to Live in California?   

Shackleton’s Endurance: Where did he go? What did he find?

How do volcanoes affect the lives of people in Hiemaey?

 

 

Units that link to other subject areas providing opportunities to interleave key facts and create links across and embed learning across the whole learning journey

EYFS

Year 1

Year 2 Are all deserts hot? English

 

Year 3 and 4

Why do people go to the Reabrook? Maths

Is Berlin like Shrewsbury? History

How does the River Severn compare to other rivers in the world? RE

 

Year 5 and 6

What is Global Trade? Maths and History

Would I rather live in Paris or London? English

Shackleton’s Endurance: Where did he go? What did he find?  English

 

Key Geographical learning that is returned to and build upon.

 Where the units fit into the National Curriculum and how key themes link to each other colour matched.

Key Local area and field work and geographical enquiry

Comparison

Human and Physical Features

 

Year Group

Locational Geography

Place knowledge

Human and Physical Geography

Geographical skills and fieldwork

EYFS

 

 

 

 

Year 1

What are my school grounds like?

How is Shrewsbury similar to London?

 

What are my school grounds like?

How is Shrewsbury similar to London?

 

What are my school grounds like?

How is Shrewsbury similar to London?

Seasonal change and weather patterns recording daily. 

What are my school grounds like?

How is Shrewsbury similar to London?

Year 2

Why do people want to move to Australia?

Are all deserts hot?

What’s a British seaside holiday like?

 

 

Why do people want to move to Australia?

Are all deserts hot?

What’s a British seaside holiday like?

 

Why do people want to move to Australia?

Are all deserts hot?

What’s a British seaside holiday like?

 

Why do people want to move to Australia?

Are all deserts hot?

What’s a British seaside holiday like?

 

Year 3 and 4

Cycle A

How Does England compare to Brazil?

How does the River Severn compare to other rivers in the world?

What does the Rainforest do for us?

 

How Does England compare to Brazil?

How does the River Severn compare to other rivers in the world?

What does the Rainforest do for us?

 

How Does England compare to Brazil?

How does the River Severn compare to other rivers in the world?

What does the Rainforest do for us?

 

How Does England compare to Brazil?

How does the River Severn compare to other rivers in the world?

What does the Rainforest do for us?

 

Year 3and 4 Cycle B

Why do people go to the Reabrook?

Is Berlin like Shrewsbury?

What’s the Earth we live on actually like?

 

Why do people go to the Reabrook?

Is Berlin like Shrewsbury?

What’s the Earth we live on actually like?

Why do people go to the Reabrook?

Is Berlin like Shrewsbury?

What’s the Earth we live on actually like?

Why do people go to the Reabrook?

Is Berlin like Shrewsbury?

What’s the Earth we live on actually like?

Year 5 and 6 cycle A

Would I rather live in Paris or London?

What is Global Trade?

Shackleton’s Endurance: Where did he go? What did he find?

 

Would I rather live in Paris or London?

What is Global Trade?

Shackleton’s Endurance: Where did he go? What did he find?

 

Would I rather live in Paris or London?

What is Global Trade?

Shackleton’s Endurance: Where did he go? What did he find?

 

Would I rather live in Paris or London?

What is Global Trade?

Shackleton’s Endurance: Where did he go? What did he find?

 

Year 5 and 6 cycle B

How do volcanoes affect the lives of people in Hiemaey?

Would you Like to Live in California?

Why visit Shrewsbury?

 

How do volcanoes affect the lives of people in Hiemaey?

Would you Like to Live in California?

Why visit Shrewsbury?

 

How do volcanoes affect the lives of people in Hiemaey?

Would you Like to Live in California?

Why visit Shrewsbury?

 

How do volcanoes affect the lives of people in Hiemaey?

Would you Like to Live in California?

Why visit Shrewsbury?

 

 

Love

Year 1

What are my school grounds like? Love where we live

Seasons- Awe and wonder at our changing year

Year 2

Are all deserts hot?  Take care of our world and protect environments for the sake of natural beauty and the animals that live in those biomes.

What’s a British seaside holiday like? Loving Great Britain and appreciate island life as a landlocked county.

Walk around the Mere at the start of each term. Take photos of water level, vegetation, animals Take care and love and appreciate our local area.

Year 3 and 4

How Does England compare to Brazil? Loving variety and in people and places

How does the River Severn compare to other rivers in the world?  Visit to Carding Mill Valley for Field study skills Love the beauty and wonder of This Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty right on our doorstep

What does the Rainforest do for us? Protection of natural environments and valuing existing biomes

Why do people go to the Reabrook? Appreciating or local area and seeing how we can show it love by looking after it and improving it.

What’s the world we live on actually like? Wonder at and love the physical features of our world

 

Year 5 and 6

How do volcanoes affect the lives of people in Hiemaey? Appreciate and consider the conflict between the natural and manmade world, showing empathy and love.

Global trade (fair trade focus) Appreciate what is good, fair and how we have an impact on people and places around the world by trading.

Why visit Shewsbury? Love our local town and it’s human and physical features and compare to other places in our Academy.  Share practise with others.



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