Geography

Geography

Geography Curriculum Statement

We aim to provide a broad and rich Geography curriculum that encompasses both building a secure knowledge base alongside field skills. We wish to inspire a curiosity and fascination with this ever-changing planet that we live in. We track progress from Foundation through to Year Six to ensure that the correct progression steps are in place so that children can deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Our children should confidently use Geographical terms from words such as ‘coast, ocean, valley’ in Year One through to ‘biomes, vegetation and hemisphere’ in Year Six. We have a broad range of Geographical topics which act as an inspiring vehicle for our children to apply their skills and deepen their knowledge. Some of our current topics include; ‘On Safari’, ‘The Titanic’, ‘Ice Kingdoms’, ‘Clean up Coxley’ and ‘The Amazon’. We believe that it is important that many of our topics are relevant and contextual to our children and so we explore the local area and make links with our community wherever possible, this includes the village of Middlestown, Coxley Woods and extending to Wakefield.

 

Knowledge Organisers

Topics Covered in Geography

EYFS

In Foundation we primarily teach Geography through the area of learning ‘Understanding the World’. We provide our children with opportunities to develop a range of highly transferable skills values and attributes, including: problem-solving, observation, collaboration, open-mindedness, courage, resilience and curiosity. These combine to allow out children to explore, interpret and ‘experience’ the world around them, as well as providing the foundations on which all future learning can be built.

Children are guided to make sense of their physical world and community through a range of personal experiences. They go on a walk round the village, looking at landmarks and human and physical features. They explore the school grounds looking at evidence of different seasons over the year. The children draw maps and routes, relating this to their own local Geography. The construction area, both indoor and outdoor, provide a host of opportunities for children to explore Geography through play as they consider place and time within their imagination, allowing them to construct their own individual and collaborative learning stories.

Key Stage 1

Year 1

  • Weather and Climate

  • Local Area

  • United Kingdom

Year 2

  • Continents and Oceans

  • Mugumareno Village – Zambia

  • Hot and Cold Places

Key Stage 2

Year 3

  • Climate Zones

  • North America

  • Rio and South Brazil

Year 4

  • Rivers

  • Rainforests

  • Local Area Study

Year 5

  • Mountains

  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes

  • European Region- The Mediterranean

Year 6

  • United Kingdom

  • Local Area and Region

Our Geography Learning

Discovering Middlestown!

Upper Foundation enjoyed their walk around the village, where they looked at different Geographical features and talked about their own experiences of living in the village with their friends!

Eco Warriors

The ‘Eco Warriors’ of Middlestown Primary Academy hosted an assembly to showcase the fantastic work they have been doing over the last academic year.

They confidently and enthusiastically shared some of their successes, such as fundraising events, litter picks and competitions, all in the name of looking after the local environment. They invited Wakefield Councillor, Samantha Harvey, to attend, along with two school governors, Sunil Nannar and Kath Turner.

They were blown away by the enthusiasm of the children and their efforts over the last year.

We at Middlestown are incredibly proud of them!

Year 5 Volcanoes

Year 5 have been making volcanoes!

They used newspaper and a glue solution to create the volcanoes, and took them outside to make them explode! Look at them go!

 

 

 

 

 

Year 1 Explore Middlestown!

Year 1 enjoyed their walk around the village, finding human and physical features of the local area!

Chinese New Year!

The Upper Foundation children have really enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year!

We read the book, ‘Dragons in the City’, wrote about the story, decorated the home corner and tried different Chinese foods.

Yummy!

 

 

 

 

 

National Fieldwork Fortnight

National Fieldwork Fortnight: Year 4

Year 4 created sketch maps of their local area!

They walked around their local area and identified amenities, streets and roads they could place on their sketch map.

They then created their sketch map which showed the important parts of the area and created a key. 

National Fieldwork Fortnight: Year 3

Year 3 located different types of habitats in the school grounds.

They used a map to label the different habitats and suggested ideas of how we could promote biodiversity on our site.

National Fieldwork Fortnight: Year 1

Year 1 went in search of physical and human Geographical features around the school grounds.

They sketched pictures of what they found!

 

 

 

 

 

"I love Geography because you learn different things like continents and also cities in that continent and the seas. - Year 2"
"I love Geography because you get to learn about the world and different climates. - Year 5"
"I loved learning about volcanoes in Geography in Year 5. When we learned about two plates colliding to make a mountain or a canyon. - Year 6"
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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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