Geography at Queen Mary Avenue Infants
What is Geography?
Geography is the study of the earth’s surface, its physical features, climate and population. Geography is important because it helps pupils develop a sense of identity through learning about their place in the world. It fosters an interest in and understanding of other cultures and encourages awareness of the vulnerability of the environment as a resource. It enriches other areas of the curriculum such as: English (communication skills), Maths (interpreting data), ICT (direct a programmable toy) and PSHCE (empathy with others).
Geography is taught within ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’ aspect of the Foundation Stage. Geography is related to the topics and interests taught throughout the year. The children start from pupil’s own experiences and by looking at their immediate surroundings e.g. their home and the school environment. They will develop a sense of place, become interested in the natural world, find out about their local area and identify what they like and dislike. Using lots of exploration and investigation our children learn to respect and value the world in which we live.
Key Stage 1
At Queen Mary Infants and Nursery School children will develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They are taught to understand basic subject – specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.
Our main areas of focus are:
~ Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans.
~ Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas.
~ Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country.
Human and Physical Geography
~ Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of the hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.