Vision for Geography at RPNS

‘The study of 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 geographical vocabulary such as The Downs, the wind turbine. 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 knowledge and skills progressively. They learn about the diversity of the UK and compare it with Europe. They look at human geography in greater depth questioning why settlements developed near for example rivers or volcanoes. 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. Learning about extreme weather builds an understanding of natural phenomena and the effect on humans. Interesting field work for example visiting local rivers 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 it’s diversity in both the natural and human environments. They will understand how their world is shaped, interconnected and changes 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

Progression of Skills