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Geography at London Fields Primary
Geography is a rich and diverse subject that gives children the opportunity to learn about diverse places, people, resources, environments and the effect of mankind. It inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world from an early age and fosters enthusiasm and a passion for learning. By studying the beauty of Earth and the awesome power of Earth-shaping forces we can fascinate, inspire and create globally-aware pupils. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.
Whilst the importance of geographical knowledge is recognised, we also wish to enable children to become lifelong geographers who have the skills and attitudes to continue to appreciate the world around them Throughout the Geography curriculum at London Fields, children will learn the Earth’s key physical and human processes. They will deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and how this affects landscapes and environments. Many contemporary challenges – climate change, food security, energy choices – cannot be understood without a geographical perspective.We ensure that each lesson develops our pupils thinking and decision making as this will help them to live their lives as knowledgeable citizens, aware of their own local communities in a global setting.
We also understand that Geography has many links with language. Pupils are taught to communicate and decipher information by using maps, images of people and place, numerical data and graphical modes of communication, and getting to grips with the geographic information systems (GIS) that underpin our lives.
How Geography is taught across Key Stages?
Within each academic year, children will study a number of Geography 'topics.' Each Geography topic is carefully planned to allow pupils to accumulate knowledge, building on their Geography learning from previous topics and years so that pupils develop a deep understanding of the 'big ideas' in Geography. These are:
- Investigate Places
- Investigate Patterns
- Communicate Geographically
This allows children to build up their geographical knowledge and understanding through continuous day-to-day learning. We are able to make links between outdoor fieldwork skills and tasks in class and draw links between different areas of Geography.
We strongly believe that geographical skills need to be put into practice and high-quality learning opportunities can be developed through practical fieldwork. Our staff are always looking at how to incorporate these trips into the curriculum. Previous Geography trips have included visits to the coastlines of Lyme Regis and the Isle of Wight, local fieldwork and visits to wetlands centres across London.
In 2017 we also secured funding to take a small group of pupils to our partner school in Zaragoza, Spain. Pupils attended lessons in Spanish, visited Geographical features such as waterfalls and tried local delicacies such as squid at the food markets.
Understanding the world through current affairs is hugely beneficial for developing Geography knowledge and we encourage children to stay up-to-date with what is going on in the world by having a copy of the children’s newspaper ‘First News’ delivered weekly to each class. Ask your child about current issues and see what they know.
Helping at Home
Having access to an atlas is a fantastic way for children to ask questions and become curious about the various countries around the world. Spending ten minutes a week investigating a new country within the world is a great way to ignite children’s fascination with our planet. For example, you could look at a country’s location in comparison to the UK or investigate food that might be eaten there. Google Earth is another great tool for doing this. The websites below may also be useful: