- Children learn place knowledge about different locations around the world, we aim to broaden children's geographical schema by challenge children’s perceptions of different geographical featuresg. the white cliffs of Dover are a
coastline. Children learn the locations of places in relation to the continents and oceans of the world or the countries and seas of the UK. This knowledge is designed to build as children move though the school.
- Children should learn to use Geographical positioning language to compare places. This includes using equator, north and south poles.
- Geographical skills are important and there is a clear progression throughout the school e.g. in map work children will make maps using toys and equipment in EYFS, before moving on to imaginary maps in Year 1 and Creating Maps of places with a key in Year 2.
- We teach children about the geographical features in the local area, this is built up over children’s time at PINS e.g.
children go for a walk in the local area in Reception before discussing the geographical features in Year 1 and comparing these features with other localities in Year 2 (link to drivers).
- Children learn about places and locations connected to them or the cultures represented in the school e.g. children learn about a region of Pakistan as a contrasting locality as a significant number of families come from Pakistan.
- We avoid teaching children's cultural stereotypes about locations or places.
- We use events in the world as an opportunity for teaching geographical knowledge e.g. When flooding happened in the UK we used this as an opportunity to show children the different river basins in the UK.
- We ensure that children have secure geographical knowledge, so that they are ready for their next stage of education.