At Oak Farm Junior School, we believe that geography is best taught discretely as a part of the curriculum. This allows us to provide deep and wide-ranging knowledge whilst developing key skills and concepts in geography.
The learning journeys in geography are constructed through a set of learning statements that cover:
- Knowledge, understanding and concepts
- Skills (working as geographers / historians)
Our Geography learning journey inspires pupils to have a curiosity and fascination about the world and its peoples, societies and environments that will remain with them for the rest of their life. Pupils will develop knowledge of a diverse range of places, people, resources, and natural and human environments. Pupils will also develop a deep understanding of the earth’s key physical, human, and environmental geography processes and how they interact and change over time. Geography skills include fieldwork, enquiry projects use of globes and atlases, graph work and interpretation of aerial photos.
- Oak Farm School serves a diverse community of many cultures and languages. We want all our children to gain knowledge and understanding of the geography of this country and its relationships with the wider world.
- We recognise that children at Oak Farm School are on the outskirts of a global city and should have the opportunity to learn about the geography and history of London. Using this understanding, children as they grow older, will have access to all the wonderful opportunities that the city has to offer.
- We study France in order to give children an insight into this country’s nearest neighbour and as background information when children are learning French as a modern foreign language. Children have the opportunity to visit France as part of our school exchange and to meet our partner school from Paris when they visit Oak Farm.
- In Year 4, children have the opportunity to spend time at a working farm as part of their School Journey. This supports them in their study of food and farming.
Curriculum Overview - Humanities
By the end of Year 6, we want pupils to:
- Understand how maps, atlases and other sources of information are used to record and provide information about the planet on which they live.
- Use fieldwork and data collection to gather evidence to deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- Develop knowledge of local, national and international places understanding their human and physical characteristics
- Understand how weather and climate can affect their lives and the planet on which they live.
- Investigate and gain knowledge about the water cycle and rivers
- Learn about the physical characteristics of planet earth