Why is Geography part of the RFA curriculum?
Through our geography curriculum, children develop a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, which we hope will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We believe it is important that the children look closely at the world around them and are able to interpret what they see.
How do we teach Geography at RFA?
Pupils at RFA receive consistently high quality, captivating and engaging geography lessons; these are linked to a variety of different topics across the year. During geography lessons, children have the opportunity to explore a wide range of equipment as well as high-quality images and videos.
Teaching is split into two strands, knowledge and understanding and practical geography. During practical lessons, children use fieldwork skills to collect, organise and analyse data as well as produce maps and use web and satellite mapping tools.
What is taught as part of the Geography curriculum?
In EYFS, children explore geography as part of ‘Understanding the World’. Children have space to explore in the learning garden. They are encouraged to talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. Children begin to explore map work, looking closely at what they can see and drawing it accurately.
In Key Stage 1, children develop their knowledge and understanding of the United Kingdom and the world and begin to correctly use a range of geographical vocabulary. Using atlases, maps and globes, children are taught the world’s seven continents and five oceans. They also name, locate and identify the characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its seas. Children take part in an in- depth study of the human and physical features of our local area and a small area in Lusaka as part of their topic ‘Bright Lights Big City’. Children take local walks and use their fieldwork and observational skills to study the key human and physical features of our surrounding environments and create maps of our local area with simple symbols in a key. They will be taught to use simple compass directions and directional language to describe routes and locations.
In Key Stage 2, children will be taught to use maps, atlases, globes and digital computer mapping to locate the world’s countries and name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, describing their features. Children take part in an in- depth study of the human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region within North or South America. Children continue to explore human and physical geography and begin to describe how human activity has impacted upon and changed the physical and human characteristics of a place in the world. As critical thinkers, children provide reasons for their observations, understand that others may hold different views and comment on the views of others.