At West Wycombe School our Geography curriculum equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and environments, along with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress through our school, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
Pupil’s early experiences of Geographical knowledge is achieved by visiting places in their local community and reading about different places in the U.K. At our school, pupils within KS1 will develop knowledge about the world and also their local area. They will develop an understanding of location and place knowledge of hot and cold countries as well as seasonal and daily weather patterns within Britain.
KS2 pupils will be able to locate countries and cities of the UK and other geographical regions such as in Europe, North and South America. They will confidently identify human and physical characteristics, key topographical features and land-use patterns; and show knowledge and understanding of how some of these aspects have changed over time. Pupils will show an understanding of the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Southern and Northern Hemisphere, the Tropics or Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle and the Prime/Greenwich Meridian time zones.
At West Wycombe School, Geography is taught for an hour each week, with this alternating each term with History. The current scheme in use is PlanBee, however teachers have autonomy with how lessons are taught.
Pupils will develop contextual knowledge and understanding of places in the world, ocean and seas, including their defining human physical characteristics. Children will understand other cultures and, in doing so, will have opportunities to show what it means to be a positive citizen in our multi-cultural society because we at West Wycombe are a multi-cultural school. Pupils will be encouraged to express their commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of ‘global citizenship’.
West Wycombe’s Geographers will interpret a range of sources of Geographical information, including globes, maps, diagrams and aerial-photographs. Throughout each Key Stage, children will use maps, atlases, compasses and globes. They will be given the opportunity to use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present human and physical features in our local area. During lessons, pupils will develop a wide range Geographical vocabulary. They will be taught how to use new vocabulary in the correct context to broaden their knowledge and understanding of Geography. Children are taught and encouraged to use subject specific language and terminology when discussing their learning.
What does Geography look like at West Wycombe School?
Reception, Year 1 and 2 visited the West Wycombe Park as part of their Geography topic, "Seasons and plants." The surroundings were incredible and we are at West Wycombe are incredibly lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world.