Geography National Curriculum:
We teach Geography with key substantive concepts that children use throughout their learning in each year group, from Nursery-Year 6, to make connections and links with their prior learning and prepare them for what they are learning next. We always compare and link back to 'Where does Swaffham fit into the wider world?' and the place we are exploring.
These concepts are:
The purpose of the geography national curriculum is to 'inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives'.
At Heartwood we care about our beautiful planet and the world that we live in. Through the Geography curriculum, we learn the knowledge and skills to become Geographers who understand how to 'make a difference to', embrace, protect and love our local environment, the UK and beyond whilst being conscious of our foot print on the world.
We have been awarded our Eco-school flag! Our Geography curriculum has heavily influenced this.
Environment and Lifestyle
In addition to the National Curriculum we teach Environment and Lifestyle which is adapted from the Swedish curriculum.
Children are taught:
The whole school learnt about Recycling Week, 20-24th September. Here is some of the work created following this learning.
Year 2 have been working hard to make a difference to our local environment. Through their Science topic they have been exploring the impact of different materials on the environment and the potential dangers. Using their knowledge of our local environment, they went litter picking. The found lots of plastic and brought it back to school, leading onto a discussion about the effect this may have had on the local wildlife and residents.
Look out for the November 2020 edition of the local Swaffham Newsletter magazine for an article that they have written about their community work.
Squirrel Class have been learning about Stonehenge and landmarks in London.
Year 3 planted 2 trees on Earth Day. They have been learning about the importance of trees and how they can help reduce the effects of Carbon Dioxide on the environment and global warming.
Very simply, geography is about understanding the world by: comparing locations; investigating; researching different sources; writing and talking about places; asking and answering questions.
It may seem strange to think about your 3 or 4 year old child as a geographer. However, the years from birth to age five provide a first opportunity to see how your child interacts with their environment — and how the environment influences them. The early learning goals at EYFS aim to guide your child onto make sense of their physical world and their community by exploring, observing, and finding out about people, places, technology and the environment.
3 & 4-year-olds will be learning to:
Children in Reception will be learning to:
Understanding the World
People Culture and Communities
In Years 1 and 2, your child will be asked to begin to develop a geographical vocabulary by learning about where they live, as well as one other small area of the United Kingdom and a small area in a contrasting non-European country. They will learn about seasonal and weather patterns in the United Kingdom and hot and cold areas of the world. They will use ICT, world maps, atlases and globes, simple compass directions, aerial photographs and plans, as well as simple fieldwork and observational skills. Schools have flexibility to choose the areas they teach and there is considerable variation between schools in their approaches.
In Years 3 to 6, the geography curriculum retains some flexibility, and builds and expands on previous knowledge. There are four focus areas: