At Diamond Hall Infant Academy we believe that Geography helps to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human worlds, encouraging children to develop a greater understanding of their world and their place in it. Our Geography curriculum helps to develop a range of investigation and problem-solving skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas. Geography is, by nature an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek 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 children’s interest and understanding about themselves and their locality as well as diverse places and people which are different to what they currently know.
The Geography taught at Diamond Hall Infant Academy aims to ensure that all children:
● develop age-appropriate, accurate knowledge of their own immediate locality and know there are some places in the world that are different
● to be able to use geographical vocabulary which is appropriate and accurate and which develops and evolves from EYFS to KS1
● to be able to carry out geographical enquiry both inside and outside of the classroom
● use and interpret sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs
● present geographical knowledge, thoughts and ideas through maps, diagrams and photographs
In line with the National Curriculum, The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and current best practice, the children will be taught to be competent in the geographical skills needed to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, and the environment.
Children are taught how to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes .
The geography curriculum is divided into three areas of learning which together, give children the skills they need to be competent, inquisitive geographers building on knowledge and skills already taught: