Geography

Subject leader: Mrs Shami 

Contact email: lks2@pennoweth.cornwall.sch.uk

 

Our geography curriculum intent

 

‘The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map.
It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents.’

— Barack Obama —

 

At Pennoweth, we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are supported and encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world and their place in it. Our curriculum, taken from Cornerstones, enables children to progressively develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary, which are transferable to other areas of the curriculum and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Through a well-planned and well-resourced curriculum, we develop children’s curiosity about the world and its people, and promote children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.


Geography at Pennoweth is taught in blocks across a two-year cycle in order that children achieve depth in their learning. Key knowledge, skills and associated vocabulary have been identified and these have been mapped across the school to ensure progression. At the start of each unit, teachers establish the starting point for each child and ensure that all lessons taught are relevant and developmental, and consideration is given to how greater depth will be reached within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.

Cross curricular outcomes in Geography are specifically planned for, with strong links between the subject and English lessons identified, planned for and utilised. During the unit, the chosen class text also links to the aspects being taught. Emphasis on learning outside the classroom is of great importance in our teaching of Geography, with the local area used wherever appropriate to support teaching and learning.
 

DNA

The culture of our DNA at Pennoweth also aids and supports the teaching of geography.

Always starting our geography lessons with a recap of our local geography ensures children feel safe before embarking on adventures around the world in profound and purposeful learning. Mistakes are seen as stepping stones to deeper learning. There is a sense of awe and wonder about the world which includes them as people which shows how much they are loved. They are able to be responsible for their learning in geography through using a wide range of resources such as atlases, globes, technology and books to aid their understanding of the world. The children are engaged and motivated in their learning due to immersive, stimulating projects which leave children in amazement of the world we live in, eager to find out more processes, skills and knowledge. Finally, our children are ready. Ready to face the wider world armed with geographical knowledge, skills and vocabulary which will help them succeed as they discover for themselves the magnitude of our amazing planet.

What will my child experience through geography at Pennoweth?
 
Geography is taught as part of a project approach where over their time at Pennoweth, children will cover every aspect of the geography National Curriculum. Children will encounter this in a meaningful way through immersive projects such as 'Land Ahoy', 'Tremors' and 'Allotment'. During these projects, children will have their reading and writing based upon geography too. This might look like a report on farming, a diary entry in the middle of a tsunami or a letter to Captain Cook. 
What geography  skills and knowledge will my child learn at Pennoweth?
What sort of geographical language will my child learn at Pennoweth?
What do Pennoweth's children think about geography?
From our recent project 'Misty Mountain Sierra'
 
Peggy, Year 3, 'I liked finding the mountains and rivers on a map. I also liked learning about Mount Everest.'
 
Brandon, Year 4, 'I liked learning about where unfamiliar places were on a map as they had mountains there. I learnt that Mount Everest is in Nepal in Asia, which I didn't know before. I knew it was part of the Himalayas but I didn't know exactly where it was.
 
Ethan, Year 4, 'I have liked learning about mountains. I also liked looking at the maps and learning about grid references. 
 
Henry, Year 4 - I liked learning about the different types of mountains and locating mountains around the world. I also liked using the ordnance survey maps to locate contour lines.'
 
Daisy, Year 4 - 'I liked the Misty Mountain Sierra project because I got to find out about lots of new mountains!'
 
Mikolaj, Year 4 - 'I enjoyed discovering all about new mountains like the Andes, Himalayas, Everest and the Rockies.'
Mikolaj in Year 4 said 'I love being a geography ambassador and learning about geography around the world.'
 
Harley in Year 3 said the following:

Sam in Year 6 said:
 
'If you want to go somewhere with a specific climate and you have learnt geography, you will know where you can go. It is important to learn about our planet so that we know what we are doing to the world and how we can help.'
 
Sonny in year 4 said 'I liked learning about volcanoes because they're really fascinating and it looks amazing when they explode!'
Austeja in Year 3 says 'I like linking my geography to writing sentences like when I do it about tsunamis.'
Peggy in Year 3 said the following about geography:

James in Year 2 said, 'I've loved learning about the oceans. I
didn't know that the Arctic Ocean even existed and it's been so
interesting learning about the Challenger Deep!'
Kai in Year 4 said, 'I enjoyed making our volcanoes and couldn't wait to make them explode!'
What does geography look like at Pennoweth? 
Foundation Stage
Year 1 & 2
'Land Ahoy!'
Year 1 and 2
Splendid Skies
Year 3 & 4
'Tremors'
Year 3 and 4
'Misty Mountain Sierra'
Year 5 & 6
'Allotment'
Year 5 and 6
Hola Mexico!
Useful geography websites and links
 
BBC Bitesize (Reception under 'Understanding the World')
 
BBC Bitesize (Year 1 - 2)
 
BBC Bitesize (Year 3- 6) 
 
The Seven Continent Song (the kids LOVE this in school!)
 
The Five Oceans Song (It's pretty catchy!)
 
Google Earth
Children can spend hours zooming into different places on this world map. Can they name the continents and oceans? Where would their dream destination be? Why? Can they find Redruth? Which county, country and continent is it in? 
 
Google Maps
Let children explore anywhere in the world or their neighbourhood by using Google maps. Turn to street view for a camera view of where they are. 
 
Go Jetters
Children love this programme and they will be learning about somewhere in the world without really realising! 
 
My World Kitchen
This programme shows you the food cooked and eaten from different parts of the world. Maybe your children could have a go at a recipe? 
 
Blue Planet
What more could you want than amazing scenes and David Attenborough's wisdom? This is aimed more at older children in KS2 but some fascinating facts and information about everything to do with how the world works and is impacted by us humans. 
 
From our recent year 1 and 2 project Splendid Skies
 

‘I enjoyed Splendid Skies because we got to learn about the weather and we wrote our own weather forecast which was great fun!’    Zach

 

‘I liked learning how clouds are formed and about each type of cloud in our VIPERS.’ Freddie

 

'It was absolutely brilliant when we wrote the weather reports because it was so realistic!'   Thomas

 

'I liked investigating shadows and how they moved during the day because they reminded me of a clock.’  Jack

 

‘I liked using the maps and globes to find the countries on the equator because it was interesting finding out how many there were and learning to read the names of the different countries.’   Izzy