We seek to inspire in all children, a curiosity and fascination about the World and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We will promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferrable, throughout their time at Christ Church, from fundamental perceptions of the World in EYFS, to understanding the wider World in Key Stages 1 and 2, and in preparing pupils for further education and beyond. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the World, and their place in the World. They are supported in applying their geographical skills and knowledge to their role as responsible citizens.
The Christ Church Curriculum Safari enables children to develop and apply geographical knowledge and skills in a cross-curricular way, which introduces the multi-subject links that are key in geography, and to the subject’s contribution to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Our aim is that fieldwork will be an integral part of geography teaching, and the application of geographical skills will be used to support geographical enquires about places.
What have we been learning about recently?
During the Autumn 2020 term, all classes have been learning about geography through a range of themes and locality studies. Some of the topics were: Tourism in the Italian Alps, the Scottish Highlands, farming in the East Anglian Fens and The American Great Plains. Some of the older children have been looking at world maps and learning about lines of latitude and The Tropics. They have also been learning about time zones and how to calculate the time in different localities across the world. The younger children have been outside, looking at the geography of the school grounds, drawing their own maps and designing and using symbols to show where things are located. Geograpy is also linked with lessons in other areas of the curriculum.
The wonderful work produced across the school has shown how the children are developing their geographical knowledge as well as improving their observation and map skills.
Can you locate any of the places we have been studying on the World map?
Cross-curricular links and geography
In our Christ Church Skills Safari curriculum, we learn about the links between subjects. For example, Art and Design and bridges in North America, Vikings, settlements and trade links, global issues and PESHR. Also, when we study different religions, we find out where the religion originated and where most of the religion's followers are located today.
World Culture Day
For World Culture Day, many children and adults dressed in the National Costume of the country with which they have links. On the day, everyone talked and asked questions about the different cultures.