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What is Geography?
Geography is an understanding of our planet and the world we live in.
Why do we need to learn about Geography?
To learn about people, places, environments and features of the world near and far.
The National Curriculum focuses on locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork.
Our vision for Geography at Freegrounds Infant School is to provide opportunities and experiences which allow children to explore and explain the world we live in. Geography is taught as part of an exciting project led curriculum where we use real places and real experiences as far as practically possible to make geography come alive for our children.
At Freegrounds, KS1 Geography is taught through enquiry based learning, which includes open-ended activities where the children are independently discovering and more structured activities led by teachers. Geography at Freegrounds enables children to develop an understanding of people, places and environments as well as weather and season changes.
Opportunities for fieldwork are provided through the exploration of the school grounds and the local area of Hedge End. Children are also given first hand experiences with trips to The New Forest, the local area walk including a trip to the Church and a visit to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.
Topic and themed days enable children to gain experiences that foster curiosity and allow children to make links to places they know and explore those that are new. Through these days children can explore some of the similarities and differences by exploring traditions linked to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. By making comparisons, exploring human and physical features the children can learn about places further away. Children learn to use maps and other resources to support their fieldwork.
Geography in EYFS is taught through (UtW) Understanding the world which involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. Children learn to describe their environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories and maps; through these children learn about similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries. Opportunities to explore the natural world around them are given through experiences outside in the school environment and using the school grounds.
Children learn about the natural world around them, including the seasons and change through the child-led opportunities provided during Discovery Time and also through the provision led curriculum.
Geography at Freegrounds encourages children to be inquisitive about the world they live in.