“Everywhere's been where it is ever since it was first put there. It's called geography.” Terry Pratchett
At Oughtrington, we want to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people as well as their immediate locality. Our Geography curriculum is interwoven into our cross-curricular themed planning. As a school we aim to help children to develop their knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deeper understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. They have opportunities to gain and improve their geographical skills through practical tasks, investigating and Eco school sessions. The children will also use fieldwork to observe, collect, analyse, evaluate and then communicate geographical information.
In the Foundation Stage, the children learn about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects and materials. They are able to discuss their own immediate environment and understand how environments may vary from one to another.
During Key Stage 1 and 2, they will explore a range of the world's most significant physical and human features. We were able to use Google Expeditions in order for children to see the world around them from their classroom. The children will learn about the skills needed to ask geographical questions about a locality in the UK compared to a locality in a less economically developed country. They will look at how places are the same and different while expressing their own views and opinions.
The children will also develop their orienteering skills throughout their time at Oughtrington. Starting in the Foundation Stage where children use positional language, then into Key Stage 1 where photographs of the school are used to locate clues, and finally into Key Stage 2 where maps of the school are used.