We are delighted to announce that, in September 2019, our geography curriculum was awarded the Silver Primary Geography Quality Mark. Here are some of the key comments from the assessors:
‘The units of work are well planned with clear progression, coverage and expectations.’
‘The school makes good use of local events’ ‘Geography takes a lead in whole school events ‘
‘Fieldwork is well embedded’ ‘Geography helps contextualise learning within English’
‘There is regular and rigorous monitoring ‘
At Smithdown Primary School we believe that Geography enables children to make sense of the complex and dynamically changing world that they live in. Our aim is for children to develop a natural curiosity about their immediate surroundings and the wider world, becoming more aware of people, places and environments. Children will be confident using their taught geographical skills to collect and communicate information, including drawing and interpreting maps. They will be taught through engaging, fun Geography lessons and given the opportunity for meaningful learning opportunities and field work.
In Key Stage 1 children will develop their knowledge about the United Kingdom and their own locality. They’ll learn how to use maps, atlases and globes as well as learn simple compass directions. The children will also study seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and look at the hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the equator and the North and South Poles.
In Key Stage 2 the children will look to extend their knowledge to beyond their local area and will study Europe as well as North and South America. They will begin to look at similarities and differences of human geography such as types of settlement and land use. They will also study physical geography elements such as climate zones, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes. Children will continue to use maps, atlases and globes and will use the 8 points of the compass in their work. They will start to consider the use of four and six figure grid references and ordinance survey maps.
Progression will be assessed through evaluation of your child’s written work and consideration of their responses and contributions to discussions.