At East Tilbury Primary School, teaching of geography is delivered through the central idea in our Units of Enquiry. Opportunities are provided to enable children to acquire fieldwork skills, geographical skills and knowledge.
The lines of enquiry aim to inspire the children and stimulate an interest and curiosity about their immediate surroundings, places in the UK and world, including the communities and people that live within them.
Children also gain knowledge of different environments and the physical and the human processes within them, developing an appreciation and understanding of where places are, what they are like and their inhabitants.
Children in Reception at East Tilbury Primary School, learn about Geography under the umbrella of Understanding of the World through a range of fun play based activities and experiences, based on half termly topics.
Understanding of the world develops as children take notice of everything around them including places and all the things within them such as trees in the natural environment and roads and traffic in the built environment. Finding out about places begins initially when a child learns about their own home and the things nearby, then later as children notice things on journeys to and from home – such as the sequence of the traffic lights or names on street signs. This awareness is extended by visiting places and finding out about different elements of environments in books, on TV and through using other technology. This aspect also focuses on learning about cause and effect and is developed through having conversations with adults and other children about the things they observe.
Key Stage One
In Key Stage One Pupils develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They are taught basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.
Key Stage Two
In Key Stage Two pupils will extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom, Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They will develop their geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge