Geography at Macaulay Primary Academy helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Pupils are encouraged to develop a greater understanding of diverse places, people and current issues that affect the ecology of the planet. The geography curriculum enables pupils to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in order to become a citizen of the world.
We aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. In order to promote the pupil's interest and understanding, we encourage the pupils to explore their knowledge through our oracy framework and debating opportunities.
Within EYFS, pupils begin to gain an understanding of their world around them and their place within it. Pupils learn through first-hand experience to explore and observe the world comparing their own environment to that of another. They are encouraged to find similarities and differences between places and the importance of looking after their environment.
In Key Stage 1, the geography curriculum focuses on pupils developing an understanding of the human and physical features of their local environment, knowledge of their town, village and city within the United Kingdom before gradually increasing their understanding of the wider world. Pupils are encouraged to use their geographical vocabulary to compare and contrast their environment to another in the ‘developing’ world. They are taught how to use and collect basic geographical data by using maps, atlases and globes to support their understanding of their position and location within the world.
In Key Stage 2, the geography curriculum further develops pupil's knowledge, skills and understanding while providing opportunities to communicate information in a variety of ways. They study the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features, providing a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes. Pupils build on their mapping skills by studying the features of the world in regards to humans and physical geography.