Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. Geography is, in the broadest sense, an education for life and for living. Learning through geography, whether gained through formal learning or experientially through fieldwork and educational visits, helps us all to be more socially and environmentally sensitive, informed and responsible citizens and employees. At Queen’s Park Primary School our whole school values and our 21st Century Skills ensure that our children develop in to socially and environmentally sensitive, informed and responsible children.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Year 6|
|The United Kingdom||United Kingdom and of a contrasting non-European country.||The United Kingdom||European Country of Choice||North and South America||Comparison of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region within North or South America|
|Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns||Local Study
(School Trip – Outside of London)
When planning lessons teachers focus on developing the children’s enquiry skills using the framework below. Where possible we aim for our children to carry out fieldwork investigation as well, either within the locality of the school or at specialised Fieldwork Centres as often as is appropriate.
An Enquiry Process in Fieldwork
|Awareness / acclimatisation
|Awareness raising||Acclimatisation activities to heighten awareness based on personal experience of an environment. Observing and experiencing at a deeper level.|
|Generate and formulate questions||Brainstorming: what are the issues here? What would we like to solve / discover / find out about?
Identify a focus
Who is involved in this issue?
How can we best find out their views?
How can we best find out about the issue?
Devising ways to collect information
|Collecting and recording information||Methods (e.g. questionnaires, tape recordings, photos, surveys, field sketches, measurement)
Which ones are we going to use?
What equipment do we need?
|Processing the information||e.g. Use of ICT e.g. database, package to annotate photos|
|Concern / action||Drawing conclusions||What have we found out?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of alternative solutions?
Who or what would benefit and who or what would lose?
Make decisions, take action if appropriate
|Sharing, learning and action||Presentations, with variety of media, or written, implementation, putting theory into practice|
Geographical Skills and Fieldwork
|Autumn / Spring / Summer|