Our youngest pupils in Reception study Geography with the Knowledge and
Understanding strand of the Foundation Stage curriculum. Geographical skills are developed as they begin to understand about people, places and cultures, beginning with their own immediate locality. The weather and local environment is studied and differences, similarities, patterns and changes are identified. The skills learned and developed during Foundation Stage continue to progress in Key Stage One (Infants) and in Key Stage Two ( Juniors). A ‘travelling bear’ goes home with each pupil in the Reception, Year One and Two classes sharing a range of experiences of family life and outings. There are four broad areas of geographical skill namely knowledge and understanding
of places, geographical enquiry and skills, also understanding of environmental change and sustainable development. The skills are taught through a range of topics involving the study of places in the U.K. (both physical and human features) and contrasting areas in the developing world. We investigate climate and environments, their impact and how we manage them. Pupils study water and how it affects landscapes and people.
The use of differentiation by outcome allows children to respond to work presented to them at an appropriate level.