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GEOGRAPHY

At our school, we follow the National Curriculum for Geography.

We cover the following topics:

Year 1

The United Kingdom and our local area of Easton in Bristol.

Year 2

Uganda, Africa.

Year 3 / 4

Bristol, Europe and Refugees.

Year 4 / 5

North and South America - El Salvador.

Year 5 / 6

Climate Action or Food and Fair Trade.

 

Throughout KS1 and KS2, children will go on an exciting learning journey in Geography.

 

In Year 1, children will learn about the United Kingdom – the four countries that make up the United Kingdom and their capital cities, and will have the opportunity to explore the geographical features our local area.

Children will learn how to create a simple map with a key.

Children will learn about the location of hot and cold places in the world – the Equator and North and South Poles.  They will learn about the weather in the United Kingdom – its seasons and daily weather patterns and will learn how to keep a simple record of the weather.

 

In Year 2, children will learn about continents and oceans and will take an imaginary flight to Uganda, in the continent of Africa, where they will learn about the geographical features of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, and Kisoro – the town in S.W. Uganda where our partner school is located.  They will learn about the daily life of children in Kisoro.  They will identify similarities and differences between Bristol and Kisoro.

 

Click on our ‘International Links’ page to find out more about our partner school in Uganda.

Children will learn to use world maps, globes and atlases.

Children will learn how to use simple grid references (A2, B3) to locate features on a map, and to give directions using the four points of a compass – north, south, east and west.

 

 

In Year 3 /4, children will learn more about the United Kingdom – its key geographical features, including mountains, lakes, rivers and cities, and will focus on the city of Bristol.

 

Children will learn to identify the key geographical features of Bristol on Google Earth and on an O.S. map of Bristol, how to use 4 and 6 figure grid references to locate features and how to give directions using the 8 points of a compass.

Our school is a ‘School of Sanctuary’ - a place of welcome for all – and children will have the opportunity to learn about refugees.  What are refugees and where do they come from?  Children will learn about Ahmet, an imaginary refugee boy from Syria (based on the book ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Q. Rauf) who comes to Bristol.  They will look at the route that Ahmet takes from Syria to the U.K, learning about the countries in Europe that he passes through on his journey, focusing on France.  Children will have the opportunity to learn some words and phrases in French in our Modern Languages lessons.  Children will think about how we can make refugees welcome in our community. 

There will be an opportunity for children to learn more about their own journey to Bristol.

 

In Years 4 /5, children will learn about the key geographical features of North and South America - mountains, rivers, rainforests, countries and cities before taking an imaginary flight to El Salvador, where they will learn about the key geographical features of El Salvador, including earthquakes and volcanoes.

Children will learn about the significance of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, lines of latitude, including the Equator, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and Arctic and Antarctic circles, and longitude including the Greenwich (Prime) Meridian.  They will learn about time zones.

 

In Years 5 / 6, children will either learn about Climate Change or about Food and Fair Trade – more information coming soon!

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