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.
Objectives are mapped in our Learning Challenge curriculum planning. In each year group, at least one of the questions is driven by Geography. Topics are also linked with our whole school values which change each half term. Our whole school values in no particular order are:
Here is what Geography looks like across Westglade this year:
F1 and F2- Why do animals have different habitats? What different ways can we travel? What might you find in space?
Year 1- Why do seasons change? Where does our food come from? Is it acceptable to steal from the rich if you give it to the poor? Can a penguin be friends with a polar bear?
Year 2- Where would you prefer to live: England or Africa? Why were Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong brave? How can we look after our local area?
Year 3 –How can we help refugees today? Can we save the Amazon rainforest? Was Ancient Egypt a civilisation?
Year 4- Would you dare to live near a volcano? Are you brave enough to be an explorer? Where do rivers take us?
Year 5- North vs South: Who would win? Why Notts?
Year 6- Is it too late to save the planet?