Geography is taught through exciting topics that include: our wonderful world, all around us (local area), polar regions and our city. We learn about different countries including a village in Zambia. Geography is cross curricular, ensuring that it is taught through other subjects.
We aim to inspire childrens’ curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. The online resource Oddizzi is used in school and children can also access it at home using their unique log-in details. Oddizzi helps to deepen knowledge and develop understanding about diverse places and people as well as natural and human environments.
In 2018 our work in partnership with the Liverpool Confucius Institute allowed a teacher to visit China to find out more about the culture and education system. Following this, children in Reception classes were taught about the country and produced some Chinese art work.
Links have been made with a school in Malaysia. We compare and contrast what life is like there compared to Liverpool. The children enjoy looking at photographs and hearing about their school day.
Children have the opportunity to take Barnaby Bear away with them on holiday. They then share what Barnaby has been up to with their class. Barnaby has even been as far as Japan!
Children have visited the local area to look at the different buildings around our school. We looked at the different types of houses and if there are any buildings for other uses.
It is our intent at Sudley Infant School, that the Geography curriculum develops children’s curiosity and interest about the world and its people. We want to embed this so it remains with the children for their lifetime. Children will gain knowledge and understanding about different places, people, environments as well as a deep understanding of physical and human processes. We follow an exciting Geography curriculum that develops learning and the retention of knowledge about the world around them, so that they know more, remember more and understand more.
We have designed the curriculum so children develop an interest in their school, the surrounding area, and the wider world they live in by providing many learning opportunities. We provide a fun and varied approach to teaching Geography, ensuring that wherever possible it is through first hand experiences, this increasing their desire to learn and remember.
The Geography curriculum has been carefully planned to ensure that there is progression of skills, understanding and knowledge in each year group. Geography is taught through exciting topics that focus on skills and knowledge from the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Teachers use the planning provided, which ensures that the curriculum is covered and that the skills and knowledge is progressive from each year group. Children from EYFS through to Year 2 will develop an excellent locational knowledge that uses fieldwork to develop their understanding of the human and physical features in our local area and beyond. The schools subscription to Oddizzi helps to provide wonderful photographs, videos and information about geographical topics. All children are able to log on to this resource to further their knowledge and understanding.
At Sudley Infant School we provide a variety of opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom, to develop geographical skills. Every year we have a ‘Wider World Week’ where each class chooses a country and they take part in many different activities including cooking, craft, history, DT etc. Parents are also welcome to come and read a story, teach a game or sing a song in another language.
School trips provide opportunities to plan for additional geography outside the classroom. At Sudley Infant School the children have had many opportunities to explore geography, from canoeing in the River Mersey, visiting farms in the countryside and planting bulbs in the local area.
Our curriculum is high quality, well planned and shows clear progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills, as well as vocabulary progression within topics.
We measure the impact of our curriculum by:
-Book scrutiny – The outcomes of the teaching of Geography across the school can be viewed in the children’s topic books
– Images and videos of the children’s practical learning
– Discussions are made through the year with the children about geographical topics. (pupils voice)
– Assessing children knowledge and understanding of a topic before and after.
– Discussions with staff about Geography teaching
– Ongoing assessment, topic sheets completed after each topic
– Lesson observations / learning walks
We aim for all children to achieve age related expectations in Geography at the end of Key Stage 1 and that they will have a good understanding about the world around them, and to grow up as respectful adults.