Teaching and learning of Geography at Woodfield Primary School is designed to help our children understand their place in the world – where they come from and their multi-cultural backgrounds. Children develop a secure understanding of our local area in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) leading into study of the United Kingdom and the continents of the World in Key Stage One. As their journey through Geography continues in Key Stage Two, children learn how to become responsible global citizens and understand how their actions can affect the places we live in. The geographical areas focused on at Woodfield have been carefully chosen to give our children the opportunity to compare the place in which they live with contrasting places around the world which reflect our diverse school community. This allows them to build upon their understanding of different cultures and show respect to different viewpoints.
Our Geography Curriculum at Woodfield builds upon the aims and objectives laid out in the National Curriculum as well as training from the Geographical Association. Our Geography teaching is split into three strands, which run across our units of work and become progressively more difficult from EYFS up to Year 6:
To locate places
To understand places and the geographical patterns and processes
To organise and communicate geographically
This ensure that all children are given opportunities to build on prior knowledge and revisit key concepts so that this Geographical knowledge becomes embedded in their long-term memory. Ongoing assessment of our children’s recall of this knowledge is built in to learning so that all children know and can remember the core geographical knowledge that we expect them to know for their year group.
In EYFS Geography is not taught as a discrete subject but is interwoven across their seven areas of learning. Our Geography lead works closely with Early Years to ensure that children’s learning in the foundation stage equips them with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the Geography curriculum in Year 1.