Geographical learning at Alfred Salter is based on investigating and answering key ‘enquiry questions’ which help to focus children’s learning in such a way that they conclude each unit able to talk in depth about key aspects of the subjects studied.
In Key Stage One, pupils develop their understanding both of their capital city, the United Kingdom and the wider world. By studying our local area and comparing it with the contrasting environment of the Seaside, Year One pupils develop their vocabulary to describe human and physical features. The ‘Explorers’ topic lends itself to an exploration of the wider world, with a focus on reading and interpreting maps and globes. In Year Two, pupils visit and learn the significance of the most important landmarks in our capital city (their home!) and also venture abroad with a study of the Rainforests around the world.
In Lower Key Stage Two, we begin in Year Three with a depth study of the local area. Pupils have the opportunity to draw and read detailed maps of the local area. Our ‘United Kingdom’ topic enables pupils to develop their understanding of the key cities and physical features of our home islands. In Year Four, the focus is on rivers and the water cycle, with pupils tracing the journey of the River Thames.
As pupils progress to Year Five, children study the ever-changing topic of Climate Change, looking at the impact of Global Warming on the Polar ice caps. Our African Heroes topic includes a study of two contrasting areas of Africa. In Year Six, Geography learning is linked to our study of ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ as pupils trace Michael’s epic journey through a wide range of contrasting international locations.
Over the course of their time in school, pupils’ fieldwork skills are developed through opportunities for mapping, technical drawing and exploring their environment. We also build in opportunities for pupils to use digital resources, globes and atlases to explore different regions. Key vocabulary is carefully mapped, allowing children to gradually develop a rich geographical vocabulary.