Geography

Geography is a branch of science devoted to the study of the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena of the Earth and planets.

We run a major humanities project each year, alternating between a history and geography focus. This means that children undertake two major geography projects during their time with us.

Lower Phase

In the lower phase children will study river systems, using our very own River Wensum as a local reference point for understanding the geographical, historical and social importance of rivers.

Upper Phase

In the upper phase children explore our story with the stars.  They find out all about the Solar System, the structure of the planet, the rock cycle and plate tectonics.  They then turn their attention to the race into space....

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REAL curriculum 2021 - 2025

Taking a global perspective in geography

The Global Citizenship strand of our Values curriculum allows us to explore important strands of geography within a wider, global context, often drawing as well on important science.  We cross reference these to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These blended opportunities point to powerful learning.  The themes covered in our Global Citizenship programme include:

  • Biodiversity
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Life on land and in the oceans
  • Plastic pollution
  • Climate Action

A time and a place - integrating history

Both of these geography projects provide plenty of rich opportunities for historical study - local, national and international.   The upper phase project on space, for example, draws on the amazing book Look Up - Our story with the stars, by Sarah Cruddas, which beautifully captures the incredible history of our relationship with space.

Working as geographers skills

In order to ensure that our children get the opportunity to think and do as geographers we have set out the following skills to underpin their work:

  • I can gather geographic data from field observations, maps, photographs, satellite imagery
  • I can gather qualitative research through surveys, questionnaires and interviews
  • I can gather quantitative research by analysing graphs, charts, tables
  • I can create and modify maps graphs, diagrams and other visual representations of geographical data
  • I can identify geographical features and explain their distribution
  • I can write reports and present my findings

Adding the R to REAL in geography

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Click the link to see our REAL curriculum mapped against the National Curriculum for geography:  Geography across REAL