Geography Curriculum Statement
At Harewood Primary School our intent is to engage children with the world around us, both physical and human. We hope to develop children’s experiences and understanding of Geography, inspiring and igniting their curiosity in the world in which we live.
Our aims in Geography are:
- To give children an understanding of their local environment and to contrast this with other environments they may not be familiar with.
- To promote awe and wonder of the world.
- To promote the human and physical characteristics of places across the world that make our planet unique.
- To enable learners to be confident to understand and ask questions about the world around them.
- To encourage our subject to be learned inside and outside of the classroom.
The new learning challenges have been developed to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum. It follows the programme of study for each year and uses Geography as the main driver but ensures that creative and expressive arts get a fair representation across the curriculum. Pupils should develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.
How to support your child with Geography…
Your child will cover a lot of geography topics during their time at Harewood Primary School and there are many ways that you can support that learning at home. Your daily life constantly provides you with rich geographical experiences, information and understanding. You think and act geographically, often without realising it. It comes naturally as you navigate your way around your home and neighbourhood, as you watch the news or check the weather forecast.
Out and About…
When out and about in your local area, you can help your child geographically by chatting about human and physical features, local attractions and activities.
On a journey, you can share the road map, Satnav or mobile phone app with your child so they can follow the route while you talk about where you are going. Ask them to help give you the directions and encourage the use of geographical vocabulary.
Near or far, holidays are an ideal opportunity to compare the location with your own. Ask your child to talk through similarities and differences and discuss local landmarks or tourist attractions. Discuss the country and continent you are in, the time zone and the local rivers, seas and oceans.
Closer to Home…
Use anything within your home; magazines, TV, films and even some computer games can provide your child with a view of distant lands. They enable your child to be transported instantly to another place. Prompt their thinking with questions, such as: What might the weather be like in this place? How would you travel to this place? The list of questions is endless and will lead to all sorts of discussions which will really help to develop curiosity about, and understanding of, the world.
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