Geography develops children’s knowledge and understanding of people and places. At Sennen, we learn about the wider world as well as local areas, looking at the physical, social and economic issues surrounding each case study. Use of maps, atlases, photos and the internet ensures a well-balanced and interactive method of learning for all pupils. There are many cross-curricular links with subjects such as literacy, numeracy and history. In the Foundation Stage, children learn about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects and materials. They are able to discuss their own immediate environment and understand how environments may vary from one to another. During Key Stage 1 and 2, pupils explore physical and human differences in the world around them. Children learn about the skills needed to ask geographical questions about a locality in the UK compared to a locality in a less economically developed country. Children are taught how settlements differ and change and they understand environmental issues linked to these. Children also learn about water and its effect on landscapes such as rivers and coasts. They are taught differences in weather and the effect of climate change.
Our Geography curriculum aims to ensure children develop:
- Research and recording skills;
- Connections between human and physical geography;
- Use of sources of evidence to create argument;
- Hypothesis skills;
- Investigative skills.
Below is a breakdown of objectives by year group and a long term plan.
Supporting children with SEND in Geography
We believe that everyone has the right to an ambitious curriculum and that no child has a 'fixed' ability. We aim to ensure that any barriers that they have are addressed as much as possible so as not to limit their opportunities.
How do we do this?
Our curriculum gives opportunities to revisit and revise concepts. Within lessons, children will be revisiting the vocabulary and keys facts they have learnt in previous sessions to help to secure the knowledge in their long term memory. This will give children with SEN more time and opportunities to understand the concepts and vital knowledge they need to access the learning.
- Where appropriate we create a visual word mat for your children with SEN. These can be used to pre-teach new vocabulary prior to the lesson, to help children visualise the concepts they are using in class and to help with spelling and writing activities.
- Is your child colour blind? This is essential for our school to know. Map reading is a critical part of the geography curriculum. We are able to use tools to make amendments to the maps children work with based upon what colours they can perceive. Click here to learn more