At Alderbrook, we aim to provide a geography curriculum that will inspire the children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and the people in it. We hope to enable each child to reach their full potential through a variety of learning activities, trips and projects.
In both KS1 and KS2, geography is taught in a cross-curricular way throughout the academic year. It focuses on a termly topic which incorporates geography, English, art and history, to name a few. Some examples of these include ‘London Calling’ and ‘Explorers’ in Year 1, ‘Africa Alive!’ in Year 2, ‘Geology Rocks!’ in Year 3, ‘It All Sounds Greek to Me’ in Year 4 and ‘Rivers of Change’ in Year 5. Children are taught different key skills as they progress through the school.
In KS1, children spend time learning the continents and oceans, naming the countries that make up the United Kingdom and their capital cities, comparing geographical differences between an area of the UK and mainland Europe using maps and photographs, identifying weather patterns, developing their basic geographical vocabulary, using compasses and describing the human and physical features of the local area.
In KS2, children practise and consolidate the above skills as well as: locating specific countries across the world and identifying their human and physical features; naming and describing the features of towns and cities in the United Kingdom; using land-patterns to investigate how areas have changed over time; identifying latitude, longitude, the Equator, the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, the Arctic and Antarctic Circle and time zones and comparing the UK, Europe and America. KS2 children are also given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of climate zones, rivers, mountains, volcanoes, types of settlement, economic activity and the distribution of natural resources.