At Knights Enham Nursery and Infant School we believe Geography should inspire the children to explore the world and experience different cultures. The curiosity and fascination developed during the Early Years and Key Stage One Curriculum will remain with the children for the rest of their lives. Our well planned Geography Curriculum equips children with the knowledge, skills and concepts they will need in order to take advantage of life opportunities and fulfil their responsibilities as adults. The skills developed through the Geography curriculum are transferable to other curriculum areas and used to promote Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.
Geography in the Foundation Stage is taught through both Discovery and adult led sessions. Objectives are taken from Development Matters and assessments are made using Tapestry. Objectives are taken from the following areas of learning: The World, People and Communities, Shape, Space and Measure and Speaking and the Characteristics of Effective Learning. Geography is delivered through our themes, the children’s interests and changes we are aware of in the local environment. The outside area is used daily and is seen as a fantastic resource to deliver much of the Geography curriculum. A key area focussed on during the Early Years is the development of vocabulary.
Key Stage One
The National Curriculum Geography Curriculum in Key Stage One is is taught through learning journeys. Geography is taught half termly so that by the end of the year, three Geography based themes are studied. Some of the themes are Geography based and therefore the Geography is embedded in other areas of the Curriculum. The children are able to demonstrate the knowledge they have learnt in other areas. Each theme will include key knowledge to learn, skills and concepts to remember. Over the two years the Geography Curriculum is revisited to help children remember more so that they know more and therefore understand more. However consideration has been given to ensure progression across the two years.
By the end of Key Stage One we hope that the children will have an understanding of the interaction between physical and human aspects of the world and an awareness of topical geographical issues. Teachers use effective assessment for learning across the school to ensure knowledge is gained and skills and concepts are developed. Attainment in Geography is measured using the statutory assessments at the end of the Foundation Stage (The World, People and Communities and Shape, Space and Measure and Speaking). We want the children at Knights Enham Nursery and Infant School to be equipped with the knowledge, skills and concepts that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 2.
We believe that all our children have the right to
Powerful learning experiences – Feel safe and be happy – Be treated as individuals
We work together to respect
Everyone in our community regardless of difference
We realise that we all have a responsiblity to
Make the best contribution we can