Geography

At Parklands we teach geography to inspire children to become curious and fascinated about the world. Pupils learn about the world’s diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments.

We believe that our geography curriculum develops pupils’ knowledge of people, places and environments around the world. It makes a connection between human, physical and environmental geography, encouraging the use of cross curricular skills and knowledge, requiring a range of investigating skills.

Our lessons make the pupils aware of the issues facing our world and to think of global and not just local consequences. Geography helps to prepare pupils to be aware of their own responsibilities in looking after the world around them, being aware of the natural world that sustains us.

The geography curriculum is taught through cross-curricular themes. Our creative curriculum allows pupils to fully immerse themselves in geography, making links and connections to other subjects. For example: The Topic of Rivers involves: art work based on perspective as the river moves into the distance, writing stories from the river bank in Literacy, creating 3D models of a river’s journey in Geography, creating bridges that will span a river in DT, and much, much more!

We use a variety of teaching styles in our geography lessons to appeal to all our children. We provide stimulating, fun and creative lessons that match the varying abilities of the children. All the learning recognises that there are differing abilities in geography and we provide stimulating learning that matches and recognises these differing abilities. Exciting and practical tasks (such as making models and creating presentations) are often set for homework which allows the whole family to get involved in the topic!

Pupils are given many opportunities to develop their own geographical skills including map reading, using aerial photos, satellite images, globes, diagrams, the Internet, and first hand field work and observations. With the introduction of the new curriculum for 2014, these skills have a much greater focus. Due to being situated in such a beautiful part of the country with a wealth of geographical locations on our doorstep, including the South Downs and Chichester Harbour, we are able to offer a variety of trips and visit which really make geography come to life.

Not only do we have wonderful surroundings but we have diverse environments within our superb school grounds including a wooded area, class planters/beds and a pond area.   Pupils are encouraged to think about sustainability and biodiversity, and participate in gardening (we were highly commended in the local Chichester in Bloom Competition), forest schools and pond dipping within their lessons. Parklands have been awarded the Bronze Eco School Award and are very close to being awarded the Silver Award too!

To view the National Curriculum (2014) for Geography, please use the below link:

Geography National Curriculum

Long Term Curriculum Map 2016-17 GEOGRAPHY

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