Geography can inspire children with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. It is an important part of the curriculum at Burraton and is taught individually as well as being incorporated across other areas of the curriculum such as English, Maths, Design Technology, Art and Dance. We teach aspects of both human and physical geography through a cross curricular way, driven by our main topic focus. There is a keen focus on appropriate geographical vocabulary, as well as the development of wider geographical skills and knowledge.
Our children learn about a variety of urban and more rural localities, including continents and oceans, and begin to use their geographical skills in a variety of different contexts. Our children learn about the four countries that make up Great Britain, the associated capital cities and the surrounding seas. Understanding seasonal and daily weather patterns, as well as learning about hot and cold places around the world is an important part of our learning. Throughout their learning, our children make use of a variety of resources such as maps, atlases, Google Earth and other internet tools. Fieldwork is used to inspire and excite, as well as to teach skills of observation, measurement, recording and presenting the human and physical features in the local area. A range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies are used at these times.