IntentAt Castle Cary School, the Geography curriculum will inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We want children to develop geographical skills: collecting and analysing data; using maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans; and communicating information in a variety of ways. We aim for the children to enjoy and love learning about geography by gaining knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
In the Early Years, we teach start to explore our world through the “Understanding the World” strand of the EYFS framework. We start looking at our own grounds and local area through our welly walks and local studies. We then go further afield to look at local cities and another country. Children are encouraged to use geographical vocabulary and develop early fieldwork skills such as mapping and making comparisons.
We follow the National Curriculum in KS1 and KS2 and we follow units of work based on geographical themes. Children develop both vocabulary and skills progressively as they travel through the school and cross curricular links are made wherever possible.
In KS1, we look at the UK as well as well as the wider world and environment. The children are encouraged to use different sources of information to explore the units studied. Vocabulary is developed progressively and we encourage the children to develop a curiosity about the world around them.
In KS2, the children build on their previous learning, using more complex map skills and becoming more confident in their knowledge of the UK and wider world. They look in more detail at the world around them by using the local environment and beyond. Their vocabulary becomes richer and they are encouraged to think critically about local and global issues.
Children at Castle Cary will:
- Be equipped with the geographical skills and knowledge for life as an adult in the wider world and to enable them to be ready for the secondary curriculum.
- Be able to discuss their learning and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through a range of activities. Through their studies in geography
- Learn about the features, diversity, wonder and importance of our world and how it should be treated, setting them up to be responsible global citizens.