Geography Progression Document
"You can travel the seas, poles and deserts and see nothing. To really understand the world, you need to get under the skin of the people and places. In other words, learn about geography. I can’t imagine a subject more relevant in schools. We’d all be lost without it.’' Michael Palin
At Fremington, we believe our geography curriculum should help provoke and provide answers to questions our children have about the world we live. Our curriculum develops our students' understanding of their place in the world and how the world is constantly changing. The children develop a greater understanding by our lessons investigating how our planet and its people have changed and how it is currently changing. Throughout our students' years at Fremington, they build on prior skills and knowledge to develop a rich and deep understanding of Fremington and the wider world. Geography at Fremington explores engaging topics and is thought-provoking by learning current and relevant topics. The learning teaches problem-solving and critical thinking skills that prepare our students for their steps beyond Fremington and the rest of the 21st Century. We plan to achieve this through a geography curriculum that's taught through 4 key concepts: place and environment (what is a place like?), space and location (where is it?), change (how has it changed and why?) and interconnectedness, interactivity & culture (what is the cause and effect on humans in that location?). We aim for our students to not only make sense of the world today but to think about its possible futures.
"The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together. "Barack Obama
Our Geographical Enquiries...
In Geography, we aim to encourage children’s interest in local and world geography and develop a sense of wonder of the world around them. In the Foundation Stage, this is addressed through topic work and is called ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’. In Key Stage One and Two, work focuses on Geographical questions and covers four main areas:
· Locational knowledge - For example using atlases and maps to name and locate continents and oceans.
· Place Knowledge - The study of local places such as Barnstaple and Fremington Quay and global places such as regions of North America and Brazil.
· Human and physical geography - For example, learning about weather and seasons, mountains and volcanoes, and types of settlement.
· Geographical skills and fieldwork - Using compass directions, aerial photographs and a range of maps and atlases as well as observing, measuring and recording features encountered on fieldtrips.