Why do we learn geography?
Here at Little Ridge we believe that Geography should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.
Our Geography Curriculum allows pupils to understand and explore the ‘what’, the ‘where’ and the ‘how’ of our diverse world. By gaining this knowledge they can understand where, how and why events occur and importantly their impact on natural and human environments in the past, present and potential future. Pupils will learn that human and physical geography are intertwined through a concept known as environmental geography. We feel so fortunate to live in and enjoy this wonderful part of East Sussex with its vast range of human, physical which can be explored locally but also at all scales, from localised regions to the wider world.
In Year 1 pupils begin their journey in geography with a study of what is the familiar to them – the local area. They then move outwards to study the United Kingdom. Then in Year 2 outwards again to gain an overview of the world and the continents and oceans within it. Pupils then finish the year by studying a contrasting location to their own within Kenya, Africa.
Through Key Stage 2, pupils develop their understanding of locations, places, processes and people.
In Lower Key Stage 2, they use their knowledge of the UK to understand settlements and land use before exploring Europe, North and South America. Which includes the location and characteristics of a range of the most significant human and physical environments in the world; pupils learn about mountains, climate zones, biomes, rivers and rainforests. As well as gaining this knowledge there is the opportunity to explore three places in more depth and compare them to their own locality.
In Upper Key Stage 2, pupils explore the human and physical characteristics of Asia and learn about natural disasters such as volcanoes and earthquakes. A case study of a natural disaster allows pupils to see the impact on both a place and the people within it. When looking at the world, pupils consider the global challenges faced in the movement of people, growing populations, the distribution of natural resources, fair trade and the impact of climate change. They will also discover what they can learn from different maps of the world, question how and why maps of the world are often distorted and the impact this can have on our own knowledge and perceptions.