It is our intent at Meriden CE Primary for children to be encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. Our geography curriculum seeks to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. The curriculum is designed develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Meriden CE Primary.
In geography, children are taught about their locality and where it fits into the country, extending out into the wider world and looking at current international issues and topics that affect themselves and others around the world. In Key Stage 1, the children will be taught how to use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the countries and continents of the world. They will also look at different climates and compare them to England.
In Key Stage 2, pupils continue to develop their understanding of people and places. The children learn to use maps to locate cities, countries, rivers, seas and oceans. They will also have access to atlases and the internet to explore local areas, extending to the wider world-comparing and contrasting different localities.
Children will also explore current, topical issues affecting the world such as, global warming and extreme weather.
The children are also taken on educational visits to historical sites and geographical field trips, to explore and use the skills that they have developed.