Church of England School of the Resurrection

Belong, Believe, Achieve

Geography

C of E School of the Resurrection believe that, 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. At C of E of the Resurrection School, our philosophy is that Geography is an essential part of the curriculum and teachers ensure that the children develop their knowlesdge of Geographical enquiry, Physical Geography, Human Geography and Geographical Knowledge. These areas will cover the physical and the human processess, which shape them and the people who live in them. Skills developed through Geography help pupils make sense of their surroundings and the wider world and prepare them for living in a multicultiral & diverse world.

The school's educational aims and objectives follow the expectations required by The National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2. Also, links with our very youngest pupils learning, through the EYFS' knowledge and Understanding of the World objectives.

The Geography co-ordinator ensures that this is followed and monitors the delivery of the quality of lessons and pupils progress on a regular basis.

APPROACH

Our school teaches geography through a creative learning and cross-curricular approach, over a two year cylce of topics. It uses enquiry questions  at the start of each topic to focus curiosity and genuine interest.  It is then assessed through addressing a key question, which is based around achieving National Curriculum age related skills.

This year we have reassessed our topics to ensure delivery takes into account our Christian ethos and therefore we have incorporated the 'HEARTSMART' project as key to our pupils' learning of the world and their role within it.  The 'HEARTSMART' approach to our creative curriculum is based on five Christian principles that aim to build strength in a child's mind, and importantly, their heart.  

Christian values and our ethos is at the 'Heart' of all our learning and our topics embed, those principles.

 Creative Curriculum Topics for the  academic year 2017/ 2018:-

      EYFS

Through the Early Learning Goals our Nursery and Reception children learn about their own home environment and the 'big wide world' in which they are part of , through Knowledge and Curiosity of the World.

Autumn Term 2017

Focused on the season of Autumn and the changes that it brings to the world with it. Harvest time and the weather. Much of the learning is through first hand experiences, such as walks and through focused 'play' activities.

 

     Key Stage 1(years 1&2)

  Autumn Term 2017:-

 A1:-What has changed since our grandparents were young? Geography focus:- How our landscape changed since our grandparents were young. Pupils' to look at maps of their local environment approximately 50 years ago and compare with local maps today. Looking at physical and human geography features and mapping skills at N.C  age related expectations. Use of atefacts, old and new maps, first hand expereience knowledge through having a 'Grandparents Day', whereby the children invite their own grandparents in to talk about what it was like for them growing up, especially in this locality of Manchester.

A2:- Geography Focus:- Where do the leaves go in Winter? Pupils' to look at changes of the season from Autumn to Winter. Children to study weather forcasts, make weather charts and how itvaries from one part of the country to another. Watch the weather news. Use ICT.

  Spring Term 2018:- 

Spr 1:- Geography Focus:- Where shall we go? Why was Christopher Columbus and other explorers brave? Geography focus:- Looking at fantastic voyages and where shall we go? What would 'The Minnions' find exciting about the places they go to? Around the world with The Minnions Mapping skills of the world, use maps, atlases and globes,to locate countries and oceans.   Consider what is needed for a country to be habitable both for animals and humans. 

Spr 2:- Why did the Titanic sink? Geography focus:- Focus on Transport and its impact on travel to near and far places. Look at journeys over land and sea; road & rail networks onto canals, boats and planes.

  Summer Term 2018:-

Sum 1 :- Where would you like to live in England or the rest of the world? Look at landscape both physical and human features. Locating places the children would like to live on the world map and map of Great Britain. Looking at passports and why they are needed. Comparing home and away advantages and disadvantages. Children to make travel brochures, create an advertising campagin.

SUM 2 :- Why do we love to be beside the seaside? Look at how Great Britain is an island. Discuss what a coastline is and features of coastal regions. Discuss how they are different to inland cities and towns. Map coastal areas in Great Britain. Compare and contrast a seaside /coastal town with their own locality of Manchester, considering human and physical features. Look at seaside places the children have been abroad and pinpoint them on a world map. Pupils will visit a seaside town in the North West of England. 

     Lower Key Stage 2 (years 3&4

  Autumn Term 2017:-

 A1:-Why were the Romans so powerful? Geography focus:- on land use and where the Roman sites are located. 

 A2:-Why were the Norman castles not bouncy? Geography focus:- on location of castles and why the location was chosen.

   Spring Term 2018:- 

A1:- Who were the early law makers? Geography focus:- use of land and how impacted on determining power.

A2:- Where would you choose to build a city? Geography focus:- use of land both physical and human features.

  Summer Term 2018:-

A1:- Why is Manchester such a cool place to live? Geography focus:- locality, physical and human features. How would you attract people to Manchester?

A2:-  What would you have done after school 100 years ago?  Geography focus:- outdoor recreation.

 

       Upper Key Stage 2 (years 5&6)

  Autumn Term 2017:-

  Who were The Mayans and what have we learnt from them? Geography focus:- A1:-What did the Mayans use their hameland for and what impact    did it have on the environment?  A2:-How did the Mayan environment sustain 'life', human and the natural world?

  ( Whole term Cross-curricular, creative learning project, based on developing individual research skills to achieve end of key stage 2 specified         skills.)

  Spring Term 2018:- 

Were the Vikings always victorious and vicious? Geography focus:- Routes the Vikings took and how their understanding of the seas and land terrain contributed to their success in conquest. Developing pupils' knowledge and understanding of human and physical geography, including mapping skills. Pupils' to develop orienteering skills.

( Whole term cross-curricular, creative learning project, based on developing individual research skills to achieve end of key stage 2 specified skills.)

  Summer Term 2018:-

How could Hitler have convinced a nation like Germany to be lead by him? Geography focus:- Mapping the countries of Europe during the early 20th Century, looking at the borders of the time and how did positions of the borders gave some countries dominance over others.

( Whole term Cross-curricular, creative learning project, based on developing individual research skills to achieve end of key stage 2 specified         skills.)

Geography and History is very much linked in the topics to ensure a 'holistic' approach to learning is achieved, enabling pupils to have a thorough understanding of the diverse world we live in. Topics also provide lots of opportunity for links with other subject areas, such as:- English, Mathematics, ICT, Science, Religious Education, Music and Art. 

J.A Hall. 

 Geography Co-ordinator