The curriculum content may appear daunting, but don’t panic — you are already an accomplished geographer! Your daily life constantly provides you with rich geographical experiences, information and understanding. You think and act geographically, often without realising it. It comes naturally … as you navigate your way around your home and neighbourhood; as you make sense of local and world news; as you respond to the weather forecast, as you decide on a holiday location and how to get there.
When out and about in your local area, you can help your child geographically by chatting about local physical features, attractions and activities. You might even like to develop this idea by asking them to provide a tourist guide for their local area for visiting relatives.
On a journey, you can share the road map or map phone app with your son or daughter so they can follow the route while you talk about where you are going. Alternatively, ask them to draw a map of their journey to school or the local shop, including any natural or man-made features along the way.
Holidays are an ideal opportunity to compare the location with their home area — you might ask your child to talk through five similarities and differences, for example. Holidays also provide an opportunity for a museum visit or a trip to a tourist attraction.
Closer to home, use anything at your disposal! Magazines, TV, films and even some computer games can provide your child with a view of distant places. They enable your child to be transported instantly to another place. Prompt their thinking with questions, such as: What might the weather be like in this place? Why might the road have been built where it is? The list of questions is endless and will lead to all sorts of discussions which will really help to develop curiosity about, and understanding of, the world.
Geography at Westglade
Geography at Westglade can be seen from F1 all the way up to year 6. See each individual class curriculum planners for more information.
Here is what Geography looks like across Westglade this year:
F1 - Why do animals have different habitats?
F2- How can we look after our World?
Year 1- Where does our food come from?
Year 2 - Is there anything left in the world to discover?
year 3- Dare you explore the Amazon?
Can a lynx/wolf survive eating only chocolate?
Year 4- How far can you dive before you implode?
There’s an earth quake. What do you do first?
How far should you go to save someone you don’t know?
Year 5- Whatever happened to Percy Fawcett?
Could you build a bridge out of spaghetti?
What if there were no plants?
Year 6- ‘The Boy Who Biked the World’ Could you bike the World?