Geography

Geography is the exploration and understanding of the World in which we live. The subject is part and parcel of our personal survival kit. It is a way of looking at the World that focuses our learning on what the environment and places are like, the human and physical processes that shape them, the people who live in them and why these places are important to us.  (Scoffham, 2004)

Our Aims
Throughout our Geography Curriculum at Norwood, all pupils will:
·   enjoy studying the World around them
·   develop their knowledge and understanding of places in local, regional, national, international and global                 contexts
·   develop knowledge and understanding of the physical elements of geography, including weather and climate,         water forms (oceans, rivers, lakes), landforms (valleys, mountains, plains, hills), animal and plant life
·   develop their knowledge and understanding of human geography by looking at populations, settlements                   (Romans, Vikings) and communications (transport, telecommunications)
·   understand the World and the part that natural resources play (rocks, soil, minerals, plants, animals, weather)         and the possibilities of protecting and managing environments
·   develop an awareness of the environment and the environmental issues within it (Eco and Forest Schools)
·   develop practical skills in the use of resources (maps, atlases, compasses) and will be able to apply these skills     when applicable with confidence and understanding
·   be given the opportunity to stimulate their enquiring, curious minds
    (Halocha, 2005)

Programme of Study for Geography
Geography is a foundation subject of the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 National Curriculum, whereby the programme of study is divided into geographical enquiry and skills; knowledge and understanding about places; knowledge and understanding about patterns and processes (physical and human features); the study of environmental change and sustainable development/fieldwork. In Key Stage 1 the above must be taught within the study of two localities (the school’s locality and another locality in the UK.) In Key Stage 2 the above areas must also be taught through the study of two localities (another locality in the UK and a locality in another country that is less developed) and through the three themes of water, settlements and an environmental issue.
(National Curriculum, 1999)

If you have any queries, or concerns, about the teaching and learning of Geography at Norwood, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Murray (Geography Co-ordinator)

Look what we've been doing during the Autumn term
Year R have been learning that they live in a town called Southport on the North West coast of the British Isles. They are able to talk about visits to the beach and describe some of the activities they do there.

In Year 1, the children love discussing the map of the British Isles with each other and answering the questions. They are learning that England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland make up the United Kingdom.

Following on from their research about Ancient Egypt, Year 3 are able to locate both England and Egypt on a world map.



Window to the World
The children in KS2 have the opportunity to discuss the World map and identify places, not only from their geography and history but also from current affairs and news.

Linking their geography to Nepal, Year 4 have been able to compare and contrast Southport to Ambleside and Ambleside to Nepal. They have researched how people adapt to different climates and how landscapes change. They really enjoyed their trip to the Lake District and took lots of pictures to show how different the landscape is to Southport.

Water, water everywhere!  Year 6 have been studying rivers.  If you want to know the longest river, the nearest one to Norwood or the most commercial one, ask someone in Year 6.  They have extended their mapping skills by using ordinance survey maps and aerial photography of the River Mersey from source to mouth. In Science they have been studying different habitats of the world and have located them on the map displayed in the classroom.

 

 

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