Geography at Mobberley CE Primary School
We believe that all children deserve an education rich in wonder and memorable experience. One that allows children’s natural creativity and curiosity to flourish, alongside the purposeful acquisition of skills and knowledge. We believe that an education that does all of this gives children the best chance to become well-rounded, happy individuals, ready to succeed in an ever-changing world.
Our Geography curriculum aims to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We want to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, and a variety of environments, together with an understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. We will teach children how to collect, analyse and communicate a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork, helping them to make sense of their own locality and place in the world.
Geography is taught through the ‘Cornerstones Education’ scheme of work which allows children to engage their curiosity and demonstrate their learning. Geography topics are based on children’s interests and therefore change year on year. Geography topics can last anywhere from 6 to 16 weeks to ensure a good level of development in skills and understanding.
Geography topics follow four stages, starting with Engage and moving on to Develop and Innovate and ending with Express.
- Hook learners in with a memorable experience.
- Set the scene and provide the context for learning.
- Ask questions to find out children’s interests.
- Spark children’s curiosity using interesting starting points.
- Teach facts and information for deeper understanding and knowledge.
- Demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation. learning
- Provide creative opportunities for making and doing.
- Deliver reading, writing and talking across the curriculum.
- Provide imaginative scenarios that encourage creative thinking.
- Enable children to apply previously learned skills.
- Encourage enterprise and independent thinking.
- Provide opportunities for collaborative working and problem solving.
- Provide environments for reflective talk.
- Create opportunities for shared evaluation.
- Celebrate and share children’s success.
- Identify next steps for learning.
Visual displays in classrooms provide opportunities to explore key vocabulary related to the Geography topic and showcase children’s work. Geography topic homework is set to further home learning and allows parents to get involved with their children’s work. Resources are provided by the Library Service, ensuring children have access to Geography-related books and artefacts. Cross-curricular activities are planned in to make connections with Maths, English, Science and Computing. Children are given the opportunity to develop their learning outside the classroom through class trips and fieldwork. Past visits have included Colwyn Bay, Delamere Forest, river explorers and pond dippers. We are very lucky to have our own wooded area where children can carry out fieldwork such as map skills or collect data about the weather. This allows us to use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of our school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment. Our link to a school in Nepal allows the children to understand geographical similarities and differences between Mobberley and a contrasting non-European country.
Geography topics are designed to progress children’s knowledge and understanding of key concepts throughout each year. We have chosen 6 ‘Big Ideas’ that children will explore every year as well as building on their content and sequencing.
- Globally significant places
- Define physical and human characteristics
- Spatial variation and change over time
- Collect, analyse and communicate data
- Gather evidence through fieldwork
- Interpret and communicate geographical information
CONTENT AND SEQUENCING
- Locational knowledge – villages, towns, countries and continents
- Map skills
- Similarities and differences between the UK and elsewhere
- Physical and human features
Past Geography topics have included:
EYFS Can we explore it? Why do leaves go crispy?
Year 1 Bright Lights, Big City, Enchanted Woodland, Rio De Vida, Splendid Skies
Year 2 Beachcombers, Land Ahoy, Street Detectives
Year 3 Flow, Tremors, Urban Pioneers, Scrumdiddlyumptious
Year 4 Misty Mountain Sierra, Blue Abyss, Road Trip USA
Year 5 Allotment, Stargazers, Frozen Kingdom
Year 6 Hola Mexico and South America
Please click here to view our skills progression.