At Hillcross Primary School, we believe that a geography education will 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 strive 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.
Geography teaches an understanding of different places and environments. Through their work in geography, children at Hillcross Primary School learn about their local area, and they compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps, and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world, and enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.
What the children think
Our Geography Curriculum
In Nursery and Reception, planning is implemented using 'Developmental Matters' from the Early Years Foundation Stage Document. This relates to 'Understanding of the World'.
In Years One to Six we use the National Curriculum as the basis of our curriculum planning and deliver Geography lessons within the context of a topic. This enables children to make cross curricular links with their learning and explore British Values and equality within a learning context. It also provides meaningful opportunities for children to apply basic skills, such as maths and writing, to their Geography learning Here are some examples of the exciting topics we cover at Hillcross:
- A Moment in Time - From studying famous portraits such as Mona Lisa and Madame Matisse, Year One use pattern and collage materials to capture themselves in a moment as they create a self-portrait
- Year Two
- Year Three
- Year Four
- Year Five
- Year Six
Through our teaching and learning of Geography we aim:
- to enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of places in the world
- to increase children’s knowledge of other countries and cultures and, in so doing, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural society
- to allow children to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps
- to enable children to discuss, learn about and understand environmental problems at a local, regional and global level
- to encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development, and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means
- to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length
- To develop in children a variety of other skills, including those of enquiry, problem-solving, ICT, investigation, and that of presenting their conclusions in the most appropriate way.
Some websites you might find particularly interesting
Key stage 1
Key stage 2
How can I find out more about the Geography my child is going to learn?
Please visit your child's year group page to look at the Topic Overview Charts. These documents show you what your child will be learning each half term and how the different subjects link together. There are also SMSC (social, moral, spiritual and cultural) Charts and these show how Thinking Skills, British Values, PSHE and Equality learning link directly to each topic.