“The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.” Barack Obama.
At the forefront of their geography learning children will develop geographer skills such as use of maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping. Children will also learn to use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world. Fieldwork is also integral to the geography curriculum and children will regularly carry out studies to observe, measure, record and present human and physical features of our local area. Children continue to develop locational knowledge, progressing from knowledge of counties and cities within the UK through to the continents, countries, capitals, lines and hemispheres of the world as they travel through school. They will understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human geography and physical geography including climate zones, mountains, land use and trade links.