Our Geography curriculum aims to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and the people in it.
SMSP equips the children with knowledge and skills to enable them to gain a deeper geographical understanding of the world, the key physical and human processes within it and to understand the important role we play in caring for the planet.
In Year 1, the children identify the United Kingdom and the countries within it. They study different types of maps, develop their understanding of map symbols and learn why maps are useful. The children explore the human and physical features of the seaside using maps to discover where the seasides are.
In Year 2, the children use maps and globes to find out about the continents and oceans of the world. The children learn the different compass directions and study explorers and their adventures. They also look at the similarities and differences between life in Kenya and their life. They explore the different foods eaten, types of homes the Kenyans live in, a variety of animals and find out about school life in Kenya.
In Year 3, the children find out about where rainforests can be found, what rainforests are like, what can be found in a rainforest and the damage being done to the world’s rainforests. They also understand geographical similarities and differences by comparing the Amazon Rainforest and Sherwood Forest. The children used an online programme called ‘Digimaps’ where they explore the local area and compare it to what it looked like in the past.
In Year 4, the children develop their understanding about weather conditions around the world. They learn about the locations of the different climate zones and identify the human and physical features within them. They also learn about the different cloud formations and measure wind using the Beaufort Scale. The children study OS maps and identify different features on the maps using their knowledge of the map symbols.
In Year 5, the children locate the major locations around the world and explore whether they are extinct, dormant or active. They identify the structure of the volcano, how they are formed and learn about the three main volcano shapes. The children’s second main topic is Water and Rivers. They explore the cause and effects of flooding, locate the world’s major rivers, learn about the stages of the water cycle and look into the journey of a river. The children use ‘Digimaps’ to identify water related places in the local area. They also know and understand how to locate points on a map using a 4 figure grid reference
In Year 6, the children learn about the topic ‘Coasts and Seas’ particularly exploring the Isle of Wight which they visit on their residential trip. Within this topic the children know about the key topographical features, changes in land usage of time, coasts and coastal erosion.