Geography learning at Ben Jonson Primary School provides a rigorous, knowledge-rich grounding in all aspects of the subject, enabling children to understand the world in which they live, with its complexity, beauty and challenges. Children will not only develop an excellent understanding of the discipline of geography but will also be equipped with key vocabulary and ideas to support their learning in other subjects (such as English and mathematics) and to develop the cultural capital needed for life and work.
Over the year, geography is taught across the school in half termly blocks. These alternate with history and where possible interconnect with other aspects of the curriculum to make learning as meaningful as possible.
Our curriculum is underpinned by key concepts in geography that enable children to understand the particular concerns and questions of the discipline. We focus on recognising and describing diversity between and within different places and environments in KS1, then we add understanding the nature and processes of change and the interactions within and between the human and physical aspects of the world in KS2.
Geographical enquiry skills, including graphicacy (use of maps and images), are integrated throughout all key stages so that they can be introduced and practised repeatedly in a range of geographical learning contexts.
Case studies are selected to balance breadth and depth of understanding about the world. In KS1 these are mostly at a local scale, while in KS2 case studies are at a range of scales (local, regional, national and international). The curriculum aims to develop children’s locational framework for the UK (KS1) and the world; Europe, North and South America (KS2).
At the end of each geography topic, our children enjoy expressing what they have learnt in a variety of creative ways including; presentations, DT, writing, art, drama and computing.
By the time our geographers leave Ben Jonson, they will have been inspired by a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. They will be equipped with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Our children will use the correct geographical terms and vocabulary to communicate geographical ideas effectively. As they progress, their growing knowledge about the world will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Our children will understand how humans’ continue to impact and influence the physical geography of the world that they live in, which in turn will help influence their life choices in making it a better place for all of Earth’s inhabitants.
|Y1 Jobs in Our Local Area|
|Y2 Rainforest Encounter|
|Y3 Water Resources|
|Y4 Food Production|
|Y5 Coastal Enviroments in the UK|
|Y6 North America|