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Geography at Paddocks  

Why is Geography important?

Geography education enables children to gain knowledge of their world, exposing them to places, people and situations they otherwise might not experience. In developing an awareness of the wider world, a zest for living, a curiosity and an enthusiasm to explore, understand and investigate further is stimulated. By experiencing a variety of other cultures, children develop an understanding of similarities and a respect and tolerance for differences in how people live and think. An appreciation of diversity facilitates positive relationships and collaboration. Learning Geography enables children to understand how people and places have been changed by evolving situations. This provides a mechanism for ‘walking in another’s shoes’ and opportunities for ‘what if?’ questions, reflection and developing self-awareness. Learning Geography enables children to consider their place in the world, to establish the extent of their responsibilities towards important issues and to assess the impact of their everyday actions. Through the study of local issues and fieldwork, they understand their power as decision-makers and how these decisions can be influenced. Apart from subject knowledge, learning Geography utilises and develops skills, for example, map reading, critical thinking and questioning, which can be called upon throughout their life.

Our Vision

At Paddocks we aim to inspire pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. We help develop children's curiosity in both their immediate surroundings and in places and environments in the wider world. by instilling an interest and desire to investigate a variety of both human and physical characteristics through meaningful research and careful questioning. We provide children with many opportunities to use a range of geographical skills to help them understand, present, analyse and communicate and to put these skills into practice both inside and outside the classroom through local fieldwork and trips.

What does Geography look like at Paddocks?

Throughout their time at Paddocks Primary, children learn a variety of skills to deepen their understanding of their own environment. To begin with, children in EYFS use their area and the school grounds to observe, explore and investigate their immediate environment. These vital skills are then built upon and enhanced by comparing and explaining their own experiences. As children progress through the school, they are able to use their understanding to investigate the wider world as they take part in exploration of our local area. Our pupils gain an awareness of our responsibilities with regards to looking after and maintaining our environment. Alongside their learning, children develop the subject -specific vocabulary relating to the human and physical aspects of geography. They are also able to use a variety of maps and plans to aid their understanding.  Through the subject the children gain a valuable insight into the lives and environments of others living in different countries and continents.

                      

 

What do the children say

 'I like learning about where I live and other countries in the world.'

'I didn't know that there are lots of different countries in Africa, but I do now!'

'The maps are so big, we had great fun trying to find different places using grid references.'

 

Geography Progression at Paddocks

 

A Geographer in EYFS

A Geographer in Year 1

A Geographer in Year 2

·          I know about similarities and differences between myself and others, and among families, communities and traditions

·          I know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things

·          I can talk about the features of my own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.

·        I can keep a weather chart and answer questions about the weather.

·        I can explain where I live and tell someone my address.

·        I can undertake fieldwork in the local area

·        I can explain some of the main things that are in hot and cold places.

·        I can explain the clothes that I would wear in hot and cold place

·        I can explain how the weather changes throughout the year and name the seasons.

·       I can say what I like and do not like about the place I live in.

·       I can say what I like and do not like about a different place.

·       I can describe a place outside Europe using geographical words.

·       I can describe some of the features of an island.

·       I can describe the key features of a place from a picture using words like beach, coast, forest, hill, mountain, ocean, and valley.

·       I can explain how jobs may be different in other locations.

·       I can explain the facilities that a village, town and city may need and give reasons.

·       I can undertake fieldwork in the local area

·       I can name the continents of the world and locate them on a map.

·       I can name the world oceans and locate them on a map.

·       I can name the capital cities of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

·       I can find where I live on a map of the United Kingdom.

·       I can name the four countries in the United Kingdom and locate them on a map.

·       I can name some of the main towns and cities in the United Kingdom

 

A Geographer in Year 3

A Geographer in Year 4

A Geographer in Year 5

A Geographer in Year 6

·         I can use an atlas by using the index to find places.

·         Using an atlas I can name some countries in the northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere. I can name and locate the seven continents on a map – (this will be reinforced every year in LKS2.)

·         I can name and locate some countries in South America.

·         I can explain why many cities are situated on or close to rivers.

·         I can explain what the source and mouth of the river means.

·         I can name and locate some of the world’s most famous rivers in an atlas. I can describe human and physical features of China.

·         I can compare life in Britain to life of a tribe in the Amazon Rainforest.

·         I can explain the consequences of deforestation

·         I can undertake fieldwork in the local area

·         I can accurately measure rainfall and discuss my findings.

·         I can use grid references on a map.

·         I can explain why people may choose to live in one place rather than another. I can describe how some places are similar and dissimilar in relation to their human and physical features.

·         I can describe the water cycle – covered in science.  I can name and locate the seven continents on a map – (this will be reinforced every year in LKS2.)

·         I can describe how volcanoes are created.

·         I can locate and name some of the world’s most famous volcanoes.

·         I can describe how earthquakes are created

·         I can undertake fieldwork in the local area

·         I can undertake fieldwork in the local area

·         I can plan a journey to a place in another part of the world, taking account of distance and time.

·         I can name and locate the world’s most famous mountainous regions in an atlas.

·         I can describe climate and physical features of the USA.

·         I can describe the human features of the USA.

·         I understand the US is split into states.

·         I can research States in North America and present my finding to an audience.

·         I can describe trade links with the US and economic activity.

·         I understand the UK is split into counties and I can name some of them.

·         I can use some basic Ordnance Survey map symbols.

·         I can understand and use 6 figure grid references.

·         I can use Ordnance Survey symbols, 6 figure grid references and compass points.

·         I can answer questions by using a map.

·         I can use maps, aerial photographs, plans and e-resources to describe what a locality might be like.

·         I can explain how time zones work and calculate time differences around the world.

·         I can name and locate some of the main islands that surround the United Kingdom.

·         I can use fieldwork to carry out surveys.

·         I can present my findings in graphs, plans and use digital technology.

·         I can collect and accurately measure information and present it in a graph (e.g. rainfall, temperature, wind speed, noise levels etc).

A Geographer in EYFS

A Geographer in Year 1

A Geographer in Year 2

·          I know about similarities and differences between myself and others, and among families, communities and traditions

·          I know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things

·          I can talk about the features of my own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.

·        I can keep a weather chart and answer questions about the weather.

·        I can explain where I live and tell someone my address.

·        I can undertake fieldwork in the local area

·        I can explain some of the main things that are in hot and cold places.

·        I can explain the clothes that I would wear in hot and cold place

·        I can explain how the weather changes throughout the year and name the seasons.

·       I can say what I like and do not like about the place I live in.

·       I can say what I like and do not like about a different place.

·       I can describe a place outside Europe using geographical words.

·       I can describe some of the features of an island.

·       I can describe the key features of a place from a picture using words like beach, coast, forest, hill, mountain, ocean, and valley.

·       I can explain how jobs may be different in other locations.

·       I can explain the facilities that a village, town and city may need and give reasons.

·       I can undertake fieldwork in the local area

·       I can name the continents of the world and locate them on a map.

·       I can name the world oceans and locate them on a map.

·       I can name the capital cities of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

·       I can find where I live on a map of the United Kingdom.

·       I can name the four countries in the United Kingdom and locate them on a map.

·       I can name some of the main towns and cities in the United Kingdom

 

A Geographer in Year 3

A Geographer in Year 4

A Geographer in Year 5

A Geographer in Year 6

·         I can use an atlas by using the index to find places.

·         Using an atlas I can name some countries in the northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere. I can name and locate the seven continents on a map – (this will be reinforced every year in LKS2.)

·         I can name and locate some countries in South America.

·         I can explain why many cities are situated on or close to rivers.

·         I can explain what the source and mouth of the river means.

·         I can name and locate some of the world’s most famous rivers in an atlas. I can describe human and physical features of China.

·         I can compare life in Britain to life of a tribe in the Amazon Rainforest.

·         I can explain the consequences of deforestation

·         I can undertake fieldwork in the local area

·         I can accurately measure rainfall and discuss my findings.

·         I can use grid references on a map.

·         I can explain why people may choose to live in one place rather than another. I can describe how some places are similar and dissimilar in relation to their human and physical features.

·         I can describe the water cycle – covered in science.  I can name and locate the seven continents on a map – (this will be reinforced every year in LKS2.)

·         I can describe how volcanoes are created.

·         I can locate and name some of the world’s most famous volcanoes.

·         I can describe how earthquakes are created

·         I can undertake fieldwork in the local area

·         I can undertake fieldwork in the local area

·         I can plan a journey to a place in another part of the world, taking account of distance and time.

·         I can name and locate the world’s most famous mountainous regions in an atlas.

·         I can describe climate and physical features of the USA.

·         I can describe the human features of the USA.

·         I understand the US is split into states.

·         I can research States in North America and present my finding to an audience.

·         I can describe trade links with the US and economic activity.

·         I understand the UK is split into counties and I can name some of them.

·         I can use some basic Ordnance Survey map symbols.

·         I can understand and use 6 figure grid references.

·         I can use Ordnance Survey symbols, 6 figure grid references and compass points.

·         I can answer questions by using a map.

·         I can use maps, aerial photographs, plans and e-resources to describe what a locality might be like.

·         I can explain how time zones work and calculate time differences around the world.

·         I can name and locate some of the main islands that surround the United Kingdom.

·         I can use fieldwork to carry out surveys.

·         I can present my findings in graphs, plans and use digital technology.

·         I can collect and accurately measure information and present it in a graph (e.g. rainfall, temperature, wind speed, noise levels etc).