The geography curriculum is to ‘inspire pupils curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives’ (DfE, 2013, p184).
Early Years and Foundation Stage Geography Curriculum
EYFS children will be looking at the topic ‘Understanding the World’. Within this topic children explore our local area, study items closely using magnifying glasses and photographs, explore play maps and small world equipment. Children have the opportunity to do attend local walks and explore their local area and environment. Children are encouraged to create their own maps of the world and their local area.
Keystage 1 and Keystage 2 Geography Curriculum
Our geography KS 1 and 2 curriculum is in line with the national curriculum, where children are required to learn about the United Kingdom, Europe and North and South America. At Bonner we also include parts of Asia and Australasia.
The four geography subjects we focus on throughout KS1 and KS2 are:
- Locational knowledge
- Place knowledge
- Human and physical features
- Geographical skills and fieldwork.
At KS1 children learn about the United Kingdom and a contrasting non-European country. Children will develop their knowledge on major geographical features, seasonal and daily weather patterns and key geographical vocabulary.
During KS2, children will study the human and physical features of regions within the UK, a European country and regions within North and South America. Year 3 have a great topic Mexico and Year 4 focus on the British Isles.
All children will enhance their geographical skills by using digital mapping using Digimap, atlases, globes, Ordnance Survey maps and observation. Fieldwork is statutory and at Bonner, we have several fieldtrips across year groups like Flatford, the River Thames and Southend.
Our children are all very enthusiastic when learning to read maps, explore countries around the world, look closely at their own local area and learning about mountains and rivers and other natural phenomena.
Our geography lessons stimulate creative thinking, influence children’s understanding of our world and issues which affect our world and their responsibility within this.
RE – Religious Education
Our children learn about and learn from many religions. In particular, we believe that RE helps children to understand each other’s faiths and encourages tolerance. We follow the Tower Hamlets agreed syllabus for RE, which teaches about the six main world faiths (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism). It also encourages the consideration of non-religious world views.
Children will also have the opportunity to visit various places of worship throughout their time at Bonner. These will include visits to a church, Hindu temple, mosque etc. This will enable the children to further enhance their understanding of world religions and their practices.
We use the SEAL and Circle Time resources to explore emotions and relationships, teaching children how to deal with difficult situations and how to support and care for each other. The children also learn about the agencies and democratic structures in place in the UK and how they can contribute to society.