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Additionally, you can find the National Curriculum at https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum/overview or ask for a copy from the school office.
The starting point is excellent quality literature to link the English learning with a specific geography focus. For example, ‘Lila and the secret of rain’ helps us focus on ‘a non-European country and compare it with our town or village’
Focus Geography is designed in such a way to ensure that the integrity of English and geography remain whilst providing natural links between them. The knowledge, skills and understanding of both English and geography are therefore of paramount importance as is the pedagogy that underpins the suggested activities. The resource is also set up in such a way that you could just use the geography component without the English section.
One of the main aims is to improve pupils’ writing through geography as well as improving pupils’ knowledge of geography.
The resource comes as a series of 18 (three per year group) schemes of work. These schemes provide suggested activities, including links to the internet. One of the benefits is undoubtedly lessening teacher workload. The resources will arrive electronically, allowing teachers to print out parts as well as make any amendment they wish.
Each scheme is effectively broken into approximately six units. This covers half a term’s learning in both English and history/geography. Each of these units spells out what needs to be covered and provides learning activities that teachers could use as they stand or could modify as they required.
In KS1, children begin to use maps and recognise physical and human features to do with the local area, building to using maps to explore the continents and oceans of the world in year 2. Further, in year 2, children will begin to compare where they live to places outside of Europe and ask and answer geographical questions.
In KS2, map skills are developed further using digital maps, more keys and symbols and children begin to use more fieldwork skills. Through revisiting and consolidating skills, our lesson plans and resources help children build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills and challenge.
All children expand on their skills in local knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork. Across both key stages, children have a range of opportunities to experience geography through practical engaging tasks beyond the classroom.