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Geography

Intent

Through the Barry Primary curriculum, Geography encourages pupils to think more about the world around them to nurture a passion, curiosity and respect for the natural world and its residents; both human and animal. Using a mixture of fieldwork, technology and research skills to enrich their understanding, children from Reception to Year 6 are given the opportunity to understand their place within our own community and the wider world.

From EYFS through to KS2, our children progressively develop their skills and knowledge, leaving Barry Primary having experienced field studies and a variety of topics that ensure they are ready to continue their learning at secondary school. In a world where human impact is increasingly influencing its future, our children enjoy lessons that inspire a positive, proactive attitude to caring for our planet as well as a desire to continue learning about its endless geographical wonders.

Implementation

At Barry Primary, we ensure that geographical skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. Through both classroom and fieldwork, children will learn how to compare their life in this locality to other regions in the United Kingdom, and to the rest of the world. Drawing on successive learning experiences, children will continue to build an awareness of diverse places, people, resources, and key human and physical features. In Early Years, the children will focus on Understanding the world, which involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. In KS1, the children begin thinking about the seasons and climate, looking at the continents and oceans, and begin to make comparisons between places. In KS2, the children focus on the key human and physical features to continue making comparisons between different places, plus compass work, reading and interpreting maps, rivers, rainforests and volcanoes.   

At Barry Primary, we help children become motivated to think critically about some of the World’s most current geographical issues with which we are faced. Our pupils will form opinions and ideas for sustainable development, climate change and global citizenship, which they can continue to build on for the rest of their lives, equipping them for further education and beyond.

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