Intent of the Geography Curriculum at Lakeside
Geography is a fascinating, exciting subject. We want children to learn all about the world around them through the study of engaging, creative topics that build upon children's knowledge and skills as they progress through our school. Our intent is that children will:
- have a good understanding of where they are in the world and what is available in their local area.
- gain a good knowledge of the location of globally significant places and their physical and human characteristics.
- understand process that cause changes to different places in the world, explore why these changes happen and how they can contribute to creating a sustainable planet.
- develop competent geographical skills to be able to collect, analyse and communication geographical data collected through fieldwork.
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs.
Implementation of the Geography Curriculum at Lakeside
At Lakeside we have developed our Geography curriculum to ensure learning builds upon the knowledge children learnt in previous year groups and topics.
Geography in the Early Years
In EYFS, activities are planned in relation to the “Understanding the World” area of the foundation stage curriculum. This is delivered through direct teaching or children accessing activities and resources in continuous provision. Children’s progress and achievements are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of reception. To see how their learning progresses throughout the Early Years click here.
Geography in Years 1-6
We adopt a topic based approach to our curriculum. Each year the children study five different topics and Geography knowledge is linked to these topics. There will not be Geography learning in every topic but full coverage of the Geography National Curriculum is achieved over the course of the year and the children's journey through school. Each topic begins with an engaging ' topic launch day,' where children's interests are captured straight away and they take part in a variety of activities to introduce the topic. After this, children are really keen to get stuck into their new learning and the sequence of lessons that follows develops their understanding with each lesson building upon the previous. You can find our Geography Progression Map here.
Examples of Geography learning at Lakeside.
KS1 children studied the topic Coastlines. As part of the topic they had a visit from RNLI who spoke to them all about being safe on the coast.
Year 3 made exploding volcanoes as part of their Rocks, Relics and Rumbles topic launch.
Year 4 studied Blue Abyss and looked at the effect of plastic polution on the oceans. Year 4 also made their own rivers to understand the effects of erosion and deposition and launch their topic of Misty Mountain, Winding Rivers.
At Lakeside, we are keen to work with the local community and do our bit to improve our local area. We encourage parents to be involved in the life of the school and welcome them into school for various events throughout the year. Here is our community litter pick. We also have walks which encourage families to access the local area.