Geography at the Vine teaches pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world. The curriculum is designed to have a balance of core knowledge (facts, location, names, vocabulary) and a sense of place (senses, emotions, values, opinions) in order to develop a knowledge and understanding of real places as well as how people affect the environment and are influenced by it.
At the Vine, pupils explore the 4 areas of the Geography curriculum, applying and building on previous learning each year.
- Location knowledge
Pupils learn about the local area and beyond, including the United Kingdom, Europe and North and South America. Pupils find out about continents, oceans, countries and major cities, as well as human and physical characteristics; and how some of these aspects have changed over time. Pupils identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones.
- Place knowledge
Pupils explore the similarities and differences of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region within North or South America.
- Human and physical geography
Pupils learn about key physical characteristics, including: climate zones, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and the water cycle, as well as human characteristics, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.
- Geographical skills and fieldwork
Pupils use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features. They use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and wider world. Pupils use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local areas using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.
How does Geography link to our school vision?
Love of one another, love of mankind, love of life itself, when learning about a range of different cultures and tradition.
Let peace dwell here, learning tolerance and understanding of other people and environments.
Links to Christian and British Values
Individual liberty – Pupils are given the opportunity to explore issues surrounding human rights, e.g. Fairtrade
Mutual respect and tolerance – Pupils develop an understanding and respect for different cultures through our studies of place and people.