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Geography

Geography is everywhere at Kew Riverside. We believe that an understanding of the importance of people and place is fundamental in helping our children to develop as future citizens. Space, place and their interdependence form the core of our curriculum which builds on skills and knowledge year by year. Our children love to ask questions, and we aim to equip them with the geographical skills to answer their own questions as part of enquiry based learning. Through local fieldwork projects the children are able to build up a rich and textured understanding of our local area, a springboard from which to explore further afield. Whether we are comparing river use from the banks of the Thames in Year 4 or drawing a map of our local area with a simple key in Year 2, Geography is alive in everything we do.

Curriculum Implementation

At Kew Riverside, we follow the National Curriculum for Geography. KS1 begins with a focus on London and the United Kingdom, growing outwards to consider the concept of continents and oceans, comparing basic physical and human features. We build out again in KS2 to compare the UK to different places across the world, always returning to our local area as a lens through which we can explore and compare other places and people.

 

We teach Geography in a blocked approach as we find that this model enables our children to develop their knowledge and deepen their understanding of the topic. Children learn about our world through a range of experiences, with a focus on questioning and practical enquiry. Each unit is supported by a Knowledge Organiser which details conceptual knowledge, skills, vocabulary and enquiry questions for each topic.

 

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn 1

History

History

History

History

History

History

Autumn 2

Where in the world am I?

(Local fieldwork study)

Around the world - Hot and Cold

 

Orkney Islands (Scotland)

 

Rivers

(Local fieldwork study)

 

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

 

Human impact on the Amazon Rainforest

Spring

History

History

History

History

History

History

Summer 1

We are the UK

 

Geographical comparison:

UK/Kenya

(Local fieldwork study)

France

Geographical comparison: UK/France

(Local fieldwork study)

North America

 

The Andes Mountains

Geographical comparison: UK/Andes

(Local fieldwork study)

UK study

Geographical comparison Coastal/Local

(Local fieldwork study)

Summer 2

History

History

History

History

History

History

Enrichment

  • Geography trips: Kew Gardens (workshop and self-led), London Wetland Centre, Pensford Field, Juniper Hall, Osmington Bay RSPB visit.
  • Local fieldwork opportunities include: river walks, Richmond Park, local walks, local recycling centre (land use), exploring transport locally.
  • Community opportunities: the children tend their allotment throughout the year, with the help of parents, using these experiences to compare our local area to the wider world.