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Lowton West Primary School

Geography at Lowton West

Geography is a study of people and places. During their time at school, pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of natural, physical features and man-made, human features, in both their own local area and within the wider world. Children will use their own personal observations on field trips, video and photographic materials as well as atlases, books, maps and globes. By the time children leave Lowton West, we aim for them to have an increased ability to describe and explain the world in which we live.

 

By linking geography learning to our termly topics, pupils will develop a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Pupils will investigate a range of places, both in Britain and abroad, to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human process. We also help develop the children’s ability to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding to arrange of audiences.

Through inspirational teaching we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:

  • An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world.
  • An excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected.
  • An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary
  • Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills, as well as effective presentational techniques.
  • The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings.
  • Develop originality, imagination and creativity.
  • Develop field work skills as well as other geographical skills and techniques.
  • A passion for the subject, and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live there.
  • The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current issues in society and the environment.

Geography Key Stage 1

During Key Stage 1 pupils investigate their local area and a contrasting area in the United Kingdom or abroad, finding out about the environment in both areas and the people who live there. They also begin to learn about the wider world. They carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. In doing this they ask geographical questions about people, places and environments, and use geographical skills and resources such as maps and photographs.

Geography Key Stage 2

During Key Stage 2 pupils investigate a variety of people, places and environments at different scales in the United Kingdom and abroad, and start to make links between different places in the world. They find out how people affect the environment and how they are affected by it. They carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. In doing this they ask geographical questions, and use geographical skills and resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT.

 

Year Group

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year One

 

 

Locational knowledge: using world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries.

 

Local area study – Lowton, journey to school.

Human geography: using geographical vocabulary to refer to human features of the environment

The Weather: identify seasonal and daily weather patterns

 

Location: use simple compass directions, locational and directional language

Year Two

 

 

Locational knowledge: using world maps, atlases and globes to identify the USA and the United Kingdom

Place knowledge; Geographical skills and fieldwork: study of Wigan and Leigh locality

 

Locational knowledge: using maps of the United Kingdom and local area

 

Human and physical geography: Features of Seaside Resorts

Year Three

 

 

Geographical skills: using maps, atlases and globes to locate Africa, Egypt and the River Nile and the Nile Valley

 

Human and Physical geography: describing aspects of the human and physical geography of the Nile Valley

Place knowledge: Study of Chester to compare the human and physical geography of the region and compare to our local area.

 

Geographical skills and fieldwork: study of maps of Chester and fieldwork to record and present human and physical features

 

Locational knowledge: studying land-use patterns (and roads) and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time.

 

Exploring the influence of the Roman and Saxon invasion upon land use/ names in the locality

Year Four

 

 

Locational knowledge: locating the world’s countries using maps to focus on Europe, America, Asia and major cities

Human & Physical Geography; Place knowledge: Contrasting Locality – Chembakolli, India

 

Geographical Skills and Fieldwork: Local area - Pennington Flash fieldwork

Human & Physical Geography; Place knowledge: Rainforests in South America

 

Year Five

 

 

Industrial Revolution – researching and identifying key geographical features of the UK and understanding how some of these aspects have changed over time.

 

Human geography: economic activity in the UK, including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food minerals and waters.

Changing Landscapes-

Physical geography: rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes.

 

Geographical skills and Locational knowledge: Locate world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe; Identify the position ad significance of latitude and longitude, Equator, Northern hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Prime/ Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night) (Cross–curricular links with Science, Earth and Space topic.)

 

Geographical skills and Locational knowledge: Locate world’s countries – focusing in on North and South America.

 

Place knowledge: Understand geographical similarities of a region in the UK and compare to South America through the study of human and physical geography.

Year Six

 

 

Geographical skills and Locational knowledge:

Continue developing familiarity with world maps, key physical and human characteristics

 

Explore how the boundaries of countries have changed

Geographical skills and Locational knowledge: Continued familiarisation with world maps – links to places visited, countries and continents

- Creating own maps

- Reading and using key on maps

- Grid references

- Around the world in eighty days

- Planning a GAP year – dream journey around the world – homework project

Place knowledge and Human and Physical geography:

Study of an island – geographical features, life on an island, economic activity, land use, types of settlement

Revisit & extend:

  • Creating own maps
  • Reading and using key on maps
  • Grid references

 

 

Slag Lane, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 2ED

01942 724865

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