Geography at Bentinck Primary & Nursery School
At Bentinck, we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.
The geography curriculum at Bentinck enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas; which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
We want children to develop geographical skills. Including; collecting and analysing data; using maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans; and communicating information in a variety of ways. We also want children to be able to make comparisons between their local environment and other places around the world, including making links to their home countries.
We use a wide variety of teaching methods to engage pupils. We encourage children to participate fully in geographical topics by gaining knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of practical fieldwork and educational visits.
EYFS Geography – ELG – People, Culture & Communities
In the Early Years at Bentinck we follow the Development Matters document to support our curriculum. We use a pre-planned progression map to ensure full coverage of the statements which lead us to the Early Learning Goal (ELG). This progression map supports staff to know when to teach geography during the year which is linked to our topics. We decide as a team the best way to teach our children to support them in meeting the ELG. We use a lot of visual resources to support children with the basic geography knowledge. We use google maps and globes to show children the world. We choose specific story books to support children’s understanding about their local environment compared to a contrasting one. These books, as well as others, are in the environment for the children to access to enhance their understanding. We provide opportunities for children to talk about their own experiences when travelling to other countries as well as learning through stories about different countries.
At the end of each term we assess the children deciding whether they are ‘below’, ‘working towards’ or ‘on track’ within this area of learning. We use our practitioner knowledge, observation sheets from taught sessions and observational notes from continuous provision to inform our assessment judgements.
KS1 and KS2 Geography