GEOGRAPHY AT ORLEANS PRIMARY SCHOOL
Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human world. It is our aim that through the study of Geography pupils at Orleans will develop knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem-solving skills through their work both inside and outside the classroom.
Geography is taught using a variety of ways to ensure children gain a curiosity and fascination about places and the world. Children learn about how physical and human features can affect the environment in different ways. Fieldwork is an important part of Geography and where possible, children are given opportunities to take part in ‘hands on’ activities.
In the Foundation Stage, Geographical understanding begins where children discover about their immediate locality of the school grounds.
In KS1 and KS2, children are provided with a key enquiry question for each topic. They are presented with resources/experiences in each session to find the answer to the key question. The children are acting as ‘explorers’ throughout the topic, collecting information to arrive at a final conclusion to the key enquiry question.
We are always developing our use of the surrounding area for fieldwork, with a concentration on the improvement of map skills. In addition, we are endeavouring to supply children with opportunities to develop their own questioning skills about geographical issues and the wider world. We facilitate this with a link to a school in another country for information sharing with a focus on the similarities and differences that we have.