At HA geography is taught through cross curricular topics, for example Rainforests, Let’s go on Holiday and Buildings.

The new National Curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to: collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length

Geography units are planned using the International Primary Curriculum to ensure a progressive build up of skills across the school and a broad and rich range of topics.
For more detail on geography topics taught, please see our Year Group Curriculum maps.

Community Links
At HA we take children into their community or invite members of the community into school in order to bring their learning alive and allow experts to be involved in their learning. In geography the children have visited a rainforest at London zoo, the seaside in Brighton and been on a buildings walk in the local area.  Examples of geography experts who have visited the children include a conservationist who has worked in the rainforest and an architect. Many parents have come in to talk about their home countries, sharing photos, artefacts and food to enrichen the children’s experiences and to celebrate the differences between people and cultures.

Outdoor Learning
Outdoor learning plays a vital role in all areas of our curriculum. In geography, the outdoors may be used for a local walk and survey regarding the physical and human geographical features of the local area or to measure and record the weather.

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