Geography at The Bay
At the Bay, we aim to provide high-quality geography education which inspires pupils’ inquisitiveness. We endeavour to equip pupils 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 pupils progress through key stage 1 and 2, 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.
Geography is a study of how the world works. Through our Geography curriculum, we hope to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We aim to develop children’s Geography skills, enabling them to become collaborative and critical thinkers who challenge themselves to follow lines of enquiry, whilst building resilience. Our curriculum inspires a love of life-long learning, looking at both Geography skills and knowledge, to begin and encourage pupils to strive to excel in everything they do
At the Bay, our Geography curriculum is implemented through our Learning Experience units, which are taught two afternoons per week. This allows for links to be made to other subjects where possible. Our children will explore their own locality, the United Kingdom and its capital cities, identify seasonal weather patterns and look at hot and cold areas of the globe, all before they end Key Stage 1.
As they move on to Key Stage 2, children will extend their knowledge to a wider area of the globe and develop an enquiry led investigation into their topic. They will look at human and physical features of our planet, including weather patterns and a variety of habitat and extreme environments. They will explore the impact of time zones, understand the significance of latitude and longitude as well as being able to locate different countries and their borders. Children will study physical changes in and on the Earth as well as economic activity (including the distribution of food, energy and water.) Children will explore the world through more abstract maps and coordinates and research the impact/need for responsible tourism around the world
The impact of our Geography curriculum will be shown through pupil achievement and pupil enjoyment. Our pupils will be assessed through teacher assessment, recorded in our learning experience assessment overview document. We believe that good outcomes are measured in how well equipped pupils are with the knowledge and understanding of a variety of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. Alongside this, we want pupils to have a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
What pupils say about Geography at The Bay
“I had lots of fun finding all the different places on the map like the Irish Sea and the North Sea”
“It was so much fun exploring the different places on the island where we live.”
“I learnt more about the continents and we had to find the names of many different countries.”
“It was exciting exploring where Morse code was invented.”
Click here for Geography Unit Plans
Click here for EYFS Geography Knowledge Organiser
Click here for Geography National Curriculum