At St. Nicholas of Tolentine RC Primary School, we follow the National Curriculum for Geography. Geography forms a vibrant and essential part of the school curriculum. Children's understanding of local and global issues are essential for preparing them to be active and responsible citizens in the 21st century. A range of geographical skills, knowledge and values form a key part of the Geography curriculum in order for children to become critical thinkers who understand the world, who challenge stereotypes of people and places and develop a respectful attitude towards caring for the world and its future.
The skills and knowledge covered throughout Key Stages 1 and 2 are outlined in the following progression document:
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 and develop a reciprocal respectful partnership. 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.