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Geography Intent Statement

At Alderbrook Primary School, our geography curriculum aspires to develop a progressive understanding and knowledge of local and global environments, to foster a fascination of places, people and natural and physical environments. Within our curriculum, we have embedded five big ideas; migration, geology, scale, sustainability and culture. Our curriculum has been carefully written to include diverse and inclusive content, that gives children the opportunity to explore subjects that are relevant and interesting to them. By the time children leave Alderbrook, they will have learnt about a range of countries from across the world. Through the teaching of our curriculum, children will become confident geographers, equipped with a rich and diverse knowledge of human and physical environments through the teaching of ‘sticky knowledge’. As children progress through the school, children will acquire geographical skills that enable them to interpret a range of geographical information. Children will also gain a self-awareness that will empower them to become respectful and responsible citizens, who promote sustainability and know their part in it.

Geography Long Term Plan and Knowledge and Skills Progression
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In year 1, children spend time learning about their local area and exploring Great Britain, naming the countries that make up the United Kingdom and their capital cities. In year 2 the children start to go on a journey around the globe and learn about the continents and oceans, comparing geographical differences between an area of the UK and an area of Australia, identifying the key physical and human features in these places.  

 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. For example, in year 3 the children learn about 8 European countries as well as locating and naming six cities across England. In year 3 we learn about ‘what makes the earth angry’ studying what causes earthquakes and understanding the different parts of a volcano. Year 4 learn about the mountain regions in the UK as well as studying rivers and locating a number of the world’s longest rivers. Year 5 compare living in the UK to Brazil looking as physical and human geography as well as a study of rainforests. In year 6 children start to use ordnance survey maps as well as Google Earth to locate countries and rivers alongside understanding key aspects of human geography, including settlement, land use, economic activity and natural resources.

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Autumn Geography Knowledge Organisers

Year 1 - Autumn 1 -  Where do I live?

Spring Geography Knowledge Organisers

Year 1 - Spring 2 - Exploring Great Britain

Year 2 - Spring 2 - A Journey round the World

Year 3 - Spring 1 - Counties and a Continent

Year 3 - Spring 2 - Where would you rather live?

Year 4 - Spring 1 - Capital Cities across the World and the Tropics

Year 4 - Spring 2 - Rivers and Mountains

Year 5 - Spring 2 - The Americas

Year 6 - Spring 2 - World Deserts and Time Zones

Summer Geography Knowledge Organisers

Year 2 - Summer 1 - Let's Visit Australia

Year 5 - Summer 1 - Life in Brazil

Year 6 - Summer 1 - The Long and Winding Nile