Learning at St George's
Our Vision for Geography is to provide young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world.
- Use positional and directional language in order to aid location.
- Draw and use simple picture maps.
- Use a simple plan or map with the help of a key.
- Explore a map of the world to identify land and sea and to identify their own country or countries of significance.
- Develop recognition and observation skills when out exploring the environment.
- Extract information from a variety of sources.
- Record and present information in a variety of ways.
We aim to stimulate an interest in and sense of wonder about places. To help our children make sense of where places are, how places were formed and how people interact with their environment. We aim to encourage questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives.
We aim to inspire children to become global citizens by exploring their own identity and their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.
Positional language intervention groups and activities.
Practical activities to develop map skills and observational skills.
Literacy and other cross curricular links in order to develop understanding of environments and geographical features.
Geographical skills start as early as the Nursery. At this level children are concentrating on directional and positional language. Children are also encouraged to think about their local environment whilst out exploring the outdoors. These observational skills are then further developed in Reception by being introduced to simple maps and keys and also through encouraging children to make their own simple pictorial maps and plans. In Reception class children also participate in outings, which begin to develop their understanding of locations which are near to Redditch but are still very different from their own town.
Key Stage 1
As children progress in to KS1 they are provided with opportunities to look more specifically at locations and to talk in greater detail about where places are located in the world and how they may differ from their own surroundings. The directional and positional language which has been heavily focussed on in the EYFS now comes into play as they begin to follow simple maps and plans and to make more accurate recordings of their own.
Key Stage 2
As children progress into KS2 their experience of talking about other locations is extended into looking at specific geographical features, such as mountains. Children should now have sufficient skills in order to follow simple maps and plans with more independence and confidence and also to locate key countries on a world map. They will also begin to develop an understanding of scale when dealing with maps.