At Guiseley Primary school we teach our children to be inquisitive about the world around them. They learn about the Geography of their local area, as well as exploring the Geographical features of countries further afield. They learn what is in the world, where it is and try to find out why it is there.
The children develop their knowledge and understanding of maps from Year 1 onwards. They learn about map keys and use positional language to give directions. They learn compass points and learn to use 4 and 6 figure grid references to locate places. They also use interactive mapping technology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to annotate their own OS maps and aerial photographs.
From weather, mountains and volcanoes to earthquakes, coasts and rivers, the children learn about physical phenomenon around the world. They learn key vocabulary to name physical features. They start to question how they are formed, what causes them and why they are in particular places in the world.
The children explore how the distribution of the earth’s natural resources affects where and how people live. They consider the location of towns and villages and explore why they are in the location they are. The children also learn about how resources are moved around the world and the impact that has upon the human and physical geography of the world.
Brief curriculum overview…
- In Reception the children explore the Arctic. They learn what the weather is like there, about what clothes they might need to wear and what animals they might meet.
- In Year 1, the children learn about their local area, study small islands and create a map of a treasure island!
- In Year 2 the children explore the Geographical features of Saltaire and compare them to Guiseley, learn about a small area of Africa, study the seaside and take part in some exciting orienteering at Nell Bank!
- In Year 3 the children learn about mountainous regions of the world and explore volcanoes. They study rivers and learn how the world’s climate affects what grows in the vegetation belts around the world.
- In Year 4 the children learn about Rainforests, study the physical and human geography of Greece and carry out an in-depth study of the local area and its geographical history.
- In Year 5 the children learn about earthquakes, global migration patterns and learn about food air miles.
- In Year 6 the children learn about Global trade routes, the distribution of water around the world and its impact upon life, sustainability and what it means to be a Global Citizen in the 21st
Geographical skills and fieldwork
- In Year 1 the children go on a walk around their local area to Parkinson’s Park. They discuss land use and learn key vocabulary such as farm, factory, village and town.
- In Year 2 the children visit Saltaire, the River Wharfe at Ilkley and Nell Bank outdoor learning centre.
- In Year 3 the children visit Swincar nurseries, using mapwork skill to plot the route and annotate with local landmarks and land use.
- In Year 4 the children go on a local walk to explore the historical geography of Guiseley.
- In Year 5… TBC
- In Year 6… TBC
Each year during the Autumn term, the children from Reception to Year 6 spend a week studying a particular country of the world. Each class chooses a different country to study. The final outcome is a fantastic display of work by the children, which they are proud to show their parents and other children from around the school during the final open afternoon. This annual week of learning helps to drive the children’s awareness of different countries around the world, prompts them to explore the similarities and differences between themselves and others, and develops their inquisitive nature.