At Ravensworth Terrace Primary School we hope that geography will stimulate an interest and fascination about the world and will provide children with a lasting awareness of the local area and the wider world.
Each term the children investigate new places; locally, nationally and globally. The children will learn to use maps to locate cities, countries, continents, mountain ranges, rivers, seas and oceans. They will use atlases, photos and the internet to explore the environment, recognise landmarks and economics of those countries which they study.
In Key Stage 1 the children will learn to identify the United Kingdom, its countries and surrounding seas, any countries in which they study, as well as the world’s continents and oceans. The children will use a range of maps, atlases, globes and the internet to identify human and physical features of an area of study.
In Lower Key Stage 2 the children will learn to identify the countries of Europe, identifying their main human and physical characteristics. The children will describe features, such as; hills, mountains, rivers and cities, look at land-use patterns and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time. The children will begin to look at the Equator, Northern and Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and the Arctic and Antarctic Circles.
In Upper Key Stage 2 the children will learn to analyse statistics about a place of study, using information to draw clear conclusions about locations. They will write detailed descriptions of the characteristics and features of a location and will study how human and physical features affect the human activity within a location. The children will learn to identify countries of North and South America, as well as any other locations in which they study. Children will develop their knowledge from Lower Key Stage 2 and will identify and describe the importance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and the Arctic and Antarctic Circles.
Throughout their work in geography all children will learn how to draw and interpret maps and develop their skills of research investigation and problem solving. We encourage children to learn by experience and we believe fieldwork is a key aspect of the geography curriculum which encourages them to observe, question and investigate. Educational visits throughout the year provide the children with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills further.