Geography

Vision for Geography at RPNS

‘The study of geography...is about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents...and using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together’

Barack Obama

At Ringmer Primary and Nursery School we believe that through Geography our children will be curious to learn about the amazing world that surrounds them, both physical and human. We aim to provide them with the skills and knowledge to engage with and be motivated to take an active role in protecting the world they are growing up in.

As they begin their journey through Ringmer Primary school, our youngest children begin to learn about their immediate environment through exploring their outdoor area, the school grounds and their village. Through stories, visits and real-life experiences they learn to notice and name features and to identify similarities and differences. They develop an understanding of how to look after their environment and why this matters.

In Key Stage 1 children begin to look at our local area through first-hand observation. They name and locate human and physical features using basic, but technical, geographical vocabulary. They compare our village to contrasting areas such as the seaside or the town. Children build their knowledge of the wider world for example studying Africa, noticing similarities and differences They learn to name and locate places, countries and oceans on maps. They learn to describe seasonal weather patterns.

In Key Stage 2 the children deepen their contextual knowledge of globally significant places both terrestrial and marine through enquiry-based projects to inspire pupils’ curiosity and fascination. They learn about the diversity of the UK and compare it with Europe and the USA. They look at human geography in greater depth questioning why settlements developed in the places the did and how our needs have changed over time. Study of North and South America encourages pupils to explore and evaluate the impact the humans have had on the physical world and vice versa. Pupils will have the chance to collect and analyse data to engage with various geographical processes. Place knowledge studies encourage pupils to explore and evaluate the impact humans have had on the physical world and explore global challenges such as climate change and sustainable living. Interesting field work will help children set their understanding of physical geography and map skills in a real-life context.

Through our high quality, motivational geography curriculum, children at RPNS will be fascinated by their world, equipped with knowledge about its diversity in both the natural and human environments. They will understand how their world is shaped, interconnected and varies over time. They will be inspired to protect it.

‘Cherish the natural world, because you are part of it and you depend on it’

David Attenborough

Curriculum Overview

Geography Curriculum Overview.pdf