At Holy Trinity we aim to provide the pupils with the opportunities to develop a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We aim to provide the children with opportunities to learn about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments as well as developing their understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes (in order to foster their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes) and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant countries
understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world
are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
a) collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
b) interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
c) communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length
Key Stage 1
At Holy Trinity, Key Stage 1 pupils will, over the two year cycle, investigate their local area (the school and its surroundings), a contrasting area in the United Kingdom and abroad. They will find out about the environment in chosen areas relevant to the year groups PYP focus. They will also begin to learn about the wider world (looking at hot and cold places in the world, the continents and seas) and the UK (its four countries, capital cities, surrounding seas and weather patterns). They will carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. Through such exploration, they will ask geographical questions about people, places and environments, and use geographical skills and resources such as maps, compasses and photographs.
Key Stage 2
During Lower Key Stage 2, over the two year cycle, our pupils will investigate a variety of people, places and environments both in the United Kingdom and abroad which may link to their PYP focus. The pupils will find out how people affect the environment and how they are affected by it. They will carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. Through such exploration, children will ask geographical questions and use geographical skills and resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and technology. There will be a specific focus on developing geographical skills and field work each year building on the work done at Key Stage 1.
During Upper Key Stage 2, over the three year cycle, pupils will have the opportunity to investigate people, places and environments, focusing specifically on the physical geography and the impact of deforestation and tourism (human geography), Mountains and Water and Rivers. The pupils will find out how people affect their environment and how they are affected by it. They will carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. From such exploration, children will ask geographical questions, and use geographical skills and resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and technology. Each year there will be a specific focus on developing geographical skills and field work, building on the work done at Lower Key Stage 2.
Cross Curricular Links
Geography provides a number of opportunities for cross curricular links with Math, English, Art and Computing. Computing provides a different medium for research and presentation of the topics covered and also allows mathematical skills to be developed. All aspects of English are used within the Geography curriculum, especially building a rich vocabulary, deeming it a source of a wide variety of opportunities to enhance the English curriculum.