"The study of Geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exist across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together."
Photos in our slideshow:
Year 1: A walk to look at their local environment.
Children exploring maps and atlases.
Year 2: Comparing physical and human features of a continent.
Developing an understanding of where we are in the world.
Finding out how the River Zambezi is used in the village of Mugurameno.
Year 6: Carrying out their own fieldwork research on what environmental issues our school environment has.
Geography : Statement of Intent
Geographical Skills and Fieldwork
Human and Physical Geography
Purpose of Study:
At Lexden Primary, we aim for a high-quality geography curriculum which should inspire in a pupil's curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We want all our children to develop a sense of community and belonging in the world, encouraging them to make positive contributions and thoughtful choices as citizens of one planet. Children should gain a deep insight into the Earth’s processes and the formation and use of landscapes and environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills help children understand how the Earth’s features are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Who is a Lexden Geographer?
At Lexden Primary, our geographers develop a sense of curiosity about the world and its people. Being a geographer equips children 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. As geographers, children deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Through enquiries, our geographers explore how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
We want our children to develop an understanding which is more than, where they live is a collection of buildings unconnected from one another. We want them to understand how their community is part of the wider community of their town, their county, their country, and their world and how they play a part in that.
By the time they leave our school, we also want the children to be able to observe the physical world and understand the huge forces that are constantly changing the landscape around them. Our Geographers will also be skilful: using maps and images of people and places, numerical data, and graphical modes of communication to better understand locations around the world. They will compare this new information to better understand their own location and community.
Key Elements to our Geography Curriculum:
- Purposeful, hands on and engaging learning opportunities to encourage the development of Geographical understanding.
- A combination of local, national and international learning to ensure a breadth of understanding.
- Objectives across all strands revisited and embedded within and across all year groups and key stages to ensure cumulative fluency.
- Develop contextual knowledge of their immediate location and beyond, including their defining physical and human characteristics.
- Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world. Exposure to a range of topical geographical issues (e.g., pollution) provides children with a deeper understanding of the interaction between humans and geography.
- Become confident in a range of geographical skills, including fieldwork, to enable them to ask and answer questions, interpret different sources and analyse a range of geographical data.
- Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways.