At Heatherside we want our children to be inspired to find out about the world in which they live and interact. We want them to have a curiosity and fascination about the similarities and differences between our local area of Fleet, other areas in the UK and the world.
By giving them opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about our local area of Fleet we want them to develop a real sense of what makes our local area unique and special, as well as how it connects and links to the wider world around them.
“Children themselves must be actively engaged in making sense of the world; they need to be able to connect new knowledge to what they already know and construct their own meanings” Susan Pike
Through discussions, we want our children to develop skills in recognising, describing, explaining, comparing and evaluating human and physical geographical elements using subject specific vocabulary with increasing confidence and accuracy.
We want our children to ask questions and make links so they can develop an empathy for how others live, developing their respect and curiosity for different cultures and societies and the physical world around them.
All our children are encouraged to take an active part in discussions to allow them to develop their confidence with subject specific vocabulary.
We use the school grounds and local area to encourage the children:
- to ask questions, talk with people and make recordings of what they find through writing, photos and pictures.
- to make observations and collect data, work out why features are located where they are and record patterns such as busy and quiet times, hot and cold places.
- to express their opinions about places, realising that others may have a different opinion.
- to use maps and plans as well as make their own maps and plans.
The children will develop their mapping skills by drawing simple maps from imagination, stories or knowledge, creating and using symbols in a key, interpreting simple symbols on a map, describing features and routes on a map and giving or following directions and routes on a simple map.
Through using photos, aerial images, plan perspectives, satellite pictures, Google maps, globes, UK and world maps, infant atlas, graphs, diagrams, YouTube, News Round, newspapers, postcards, books and leaflets they are encouraged to work collaboratively to analyse and interpret information in order to make links and connections with the local area and the wider world.
In Year R our children will know that they live in the UK and be able to name London as England’s capital and Fleet as the town they live in. They will be able to talk about the different places they have visited in both the UK and the wider world, asking and answering questions about those places. They will explore the school and its grounds, and discuss weather at different times of the year and in different places in the world.
In Year 1 our children will identify the four countries of the UK, their capitals and the surrounding seas, as well as learning about our school and county (Hampshire) both now and over time. They will compare our local area to another place in the UK. They will learn about the patterns in weather.
In Year 2 our children will learn the names and location of the world’s seven continents and the five oceans. Identify contrasting non-European places. Identify places of relevance and in the news on maps. To use 4 point compass directions to follow and give directions. To use letter and number co-ordinates.
Our children can use maps and images to develop their locational knowledge about individual places and environments, especially in our local area, but also in the UK and wider world.
Our children can show their understanding by describing the places and features they are studying using simple geographical vocabulary, identifying some similarities and differences and simple patterns in the environment.
Examples of Maps made by the children
Our children are able to investigate places and environments by asking and answering questions, making observations and using sources such as simple maps, atlases, globes, images and aerial photos as evidence to reach some simple conclusions.
Some different characteristics of the different countries of the UK