Irlam Endowed Primary School

At Irlam Endowed our geography curriculum is designed to develop pupils’ curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them throughout their lives.

Learners will investigate a range of places, both in Britain and abroad to help develop knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes.  We provide opportunities to investigate and enquire about our local area, this will support children to develop an understanding of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area so unique and special.

We aim to give our learners strong geographical knowledge, good enquiry skills, the ability to use a range of maps, the skills to collect and analyse data and the ability to communicate information in a variety of ways. All pupils will be encouraged to ask questions, think critically and develop their own perspective of the world. By deepening our children’s knowledge of geography, we will help them to understand how the world has grown and changed over time, the diversity of people’s lives.

We want the children to have a love of geographical learning, gaining knowledge and skills through high quality teaching both inside and outside the classroom. Wherever possible, our geography curriculum is enhanced by trips and visitors, as these opportunities bring the curriculum alive and create lifelong memorable experiences. 

As the future generation responsible for our planet, we want our children to have a sense of respect for the world and the possibility for us to live sustainably for the future.

  

Planning

At Irlam Endowed we plan using the National Curriculum. We enhance the curriculum using knowledge planners this means we implement a progressive geography curriculum that builds on prior knowledge and skills year on year. 

Our topic approach has links to our curriculum policy and cultural capital policy. Learners will revisit geographical skills and knowledge in order to embed and deepen understanding.

The lessons are carefully planned to ensure that all children are well supported and the opportunity for depth is planned for. We ensure that trips and visiting experts enhance the learning for the children.

The impact of our geography curriculum is that our learners are equipped with the geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the secondary school curriculum and for life as an adult in the wider world.

EYFS

Our Early Years Foundation stage plan using the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. There are seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.

  

Prime areas of learning

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

  

The specific areas of learning

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

  

Understanding the world is the area which links to the Geography Curriculum

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains. Enriching and widening children’s vocabulary will support later reading comprehension.

   

  

People, culture and communities                                        

By the end of their nursery experience children may be:

  • Showing interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them;
  • Remembering and talking about significant events in their own experience;
  • Recognising and describing special times or events for family or friends;
  • Showing interest in different occupations and ways of life;
  • Knowing some of the things that make them unique, and talking about some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends or family

By the end of reception children working at the expected level will:

  • Describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts and maps;
  • Know some similarities and differences between different religious and cultural communities in this country, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class;
  • Explain some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries, drawing on knowledge from stories, non-fiction texts and –when appropriate –maps

   

   

The natural world

By the end of their nursery experience children may be:

  • Able to comment and ask questions about aspects of their familiar world, such as the place where they live or the natural world;
  • Talking about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects;
  • Talking about why things happen and how things work;
  • Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time;
  • Showing care and concern for living things and the environment

 

By the end of Reception children working at the expected level will:

  • Explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants;
  • Know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class;
  • Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter

  

  

Geography Overview for year groups EYFS & KS1

  

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Locational

Know about different countries in the World

UK countries

UK sea

UK cities x 4

Continents

Oceans

Place

Study of Irlam Study of Kampong Ayer

Human

Occupations Life in this country compared to other countries Features cities, towns and villages

Physical

Seasonal

Weather

Hot and Cold Places

Poles
key physical features

Scale

Begin to use language of relative size

use relative language

(bigger, smaller)
Spatially match places (eg: UK on different scaled maps)

Skills:

Using, drawing, following,

adding detail, locating, comparing, selecting appropriate maps

Simple Map of immediate environment

maps of UK and seas

N,S,E,W work

devise a simple map

using own symbols

Computer mapping

world maps

globes

atlases

directional work

aerial photos

symbols in a key

Computer mapping

Fieldwork

observe and study school and its grounds observe and study local area: Glazebury

  

  

  

Geography Overview for year groups 1 - 6

  

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Locational

UK countries

UK sea

UK cities x 4

Continents

Oceans

European Cities

Longitude, latitude, Hemispheres, Tropics  Equator

Artic and Antarctic circles

Counties and cities of UK

Europe region: Netherlands and Rotterdam

South America

North America

Time Zones

Prime Meridian

Equator

Place

Study of Irlam

Study of Kampong Ayer

 

Rainforests

UK study

Rotterdam Port

South America

Human

 

 

Features cities, towns and villages

Types of settlement and land use

Types of settlement and land use

Trade links with Liverpool, including distribution of natural resources eg: energy, food, minerals and water

Types of settlement and land use

Physical

Seasonal

Weather

Hot and Cold Places

Poles

key physical features

Volcanoes

Earthquakes

Biomes

(science work on water cycles)

Rivers

Mountains

Climate zones

Biomes

Scale

Use relative language

(bigger, smaller)

Spatially match places

(eg: UK on different scaled maps)

Draw a simple map to scale.

Match places and boundaries spatially (on different scaled maps)

Draw a scaled map.

Match places and boundaries spatially (on different scaled maps)

Measure straight line distances on different scaled maps.

Match places and boundaries spatially (on different scaled maps)

Draw/follow maps on different scales.

Measure distances using the scales.

Skills:

Using, drawing, following,

adding detail, locating, comparing, selecting appropriate maps

maps of UK and seas

N,S,E,W work

devise a simple map

Computer mapping

world maps

globes

atlases

directional work

aerial photos

symbols in a key

Computer mapping

Maps

Atlases

Globes

Computer mapping

Locate

Describe

Maps: recognise some symbols

Atlases

Globes

Computer mapping

Locate

Describe

Maps: draw maps using symbols and a key.

Atlases, Globes, aerial maps

Computer mapping

Locate

Describe

Maps

Atlases, use atlas symbols, Globes

Computer mapping

Locate  Describe

8 point compass

4/6 figure grid reference

symbols/keys

Ordnance Survey

Fieldwork

observe and study school and its grounds

observe and study local area: Glazebury

 

Observe, measure, record human and physical features in local area:

Manchester

Observe, measure, record human and physical features in local area:

Old River

Observe, measure, record human and physical features in local area:

Orienteering

 

 

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 IEPS Knowledge Planner Geography LRP Kampong Ayer.docxDownload
 IEPS Knowledge Planner Geography LRP Village, town, city.docxDownload
 IEPS Knowledge Planner Geography LRP World.docxDownload
 IEPS Knowledge Planner Geography Y1 Hot and Cold places.docxDownload
 IEPS Knowledge Planner Geography Y1 Irlam Study.docxDownload
 IEPS Knowledge Planner Geography Y1 UK.docxDownload
 IEPS Knowledge Planner Geography Y2 Kampong Ayer.docxDownload
 IEPS Knowledge Planner Geography Y2 Village, town.docxDownload
 IEPS Knowledge Planner Geography Y2 World.docxDownload
 IEPS Knowledge Planner Geography Y3 Hemispheres.docxDownload
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Please find our school policy as a link below. This will show you our philosophy on learning and our planning methods.

 Irlam Endowed Primary School Geography Policy 2020.docx

 

Useful Geography Websites

 

BBC Teach - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcvEcrsF_9zKxYSbFe_DMWK_VO2phjBjL

 

Topmarks KS1 - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=12&AgeGroup=2

 

KS1 Geography BBC Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zcdqxnb

 

KS2 Geography BBC Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zbkw2hv

 

BBC-Geography - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/geography.shtml

 

National Geographic - https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/teacher-category/geography/

 

The Biomes of the World - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X9fTPSbQ0U

 

Newsround current events - https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

 

Mapping - https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/ 

 

Environmental - https://ecofriendlykids.co.uk/