The new National Curriculum: Geography
Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human interaction and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them.
“A high quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.” NC 2014
Children will begin to name and locate the seven continents and five oceans. They will learn to name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the UK and its surrounding seas. The children will look at similarities and differences between contrasting localities, using key vocabulary when discussing human and physical geographical features and processes. They will also use a variety of geographical equipment to develop their skills as ‘Geography Detectives’.
Geography at Petersfield Infant School
At Petersfield Infant School we work closely with the community to explore the features of our local area and compare our town with contrasting places such as Portsmouth and Southsea as well as non-European countries. ‘World Week’ is a key opportunity to explore different countries and their cultures and compare them with our own. Thus developing children’s understanding of the wider world.
We carry out fieldwork both in the town centre and further afield. In Year R the children take a train journey to Gosport, in Year 1 they visit Porchester Castle and in Year 2 The Victory. As an Eco-School the children learn to look after their local environment and investigate any local environmental issues e.g. littering and traffic. These practical experiences are vital in developing children’s skills, understanding and life-long love of geography.
|As part of our year 1 Geography Curriculum we investigate where our food comes from.
We went to Waitrose where Mr Mundy explained that some food is grown very near to Petersfield.
|Mr Mundy also explained that some food can’t grow in this country.
This pomelo had to be grown in a warmer country. It was then brought here by aeroplane!
Town and Country
Badgers class enjoyed looking at photographs of towns and the countryside. They talked about the features in the pictures and then sorted them.