Geography at Prince Rock
Creating a sense of ‘Here and There’ and ‘Then and Now’ provided the basis for the LAT Geography curriculum overview. A clear vision that Geography should be one of the predominant drivers beside the curriculum alongside the LAT ‘We Will’s’ ensures that all of our children have the opportunity to find out about the world around them and explore their place within it.
A sense of rigour and clear structure means that the National Curriculum is set as the minimum expectation for all schools within the LAT. A sense of location as well as the development of key Geographical concepts were also used to create flow within the Geography curriculum. The local context is vitally important to give our children an idea of Plymouth and the South West’s role in local, national and world geography. At Prince Rock, we focus on three key concepts location, place & environment and scale. These form the basis of our geography teaching.
EYFS curriculum due to be updated in Autumn Term, please watch this space!
Key Stage One
Children at KS1 develop an idea of their own local environment and then go on explore the physical and human geography of their locality in a regional, national and global context. Key ideas are introduced settlement, land use and the impact of the local environment on man’s activity. At Prince Rock we begin by focusing on the local area in which we live by taking walks around the local areas (Prince Rock, Laira Heritage Trail), to understand the geographical features of where they live. In Prince Rock, we have 22% of children speak English as an additional language with 22 languages spoken. In KS1, we will identify these countries when using maps and atlases to build an understanding of different cultures.
Key Stage Two
As they move into KS2, the content and development of key ideas expand to look at Human and Physical Geography within Europe and the world. The concepts of settlement, land use, trade and the distribution of natural resources are explored within the physical and natural environment and the potential conflicts this creates. Prince Rock will compare and contrast places in our wider local area (Dartmoor) to other places around the world. At Prince Rock, we will identify the different cultures within our KS2 children and focus on these when we are looking at the places around the world.
Our objective is to develop a clear knowledge and understanding of a wide range of geographical contexts and ideas and for all children at Prince Rock to use these to make links to notice how the world around us has changed. From EYFS to year 6 children will use a range of resources to develop their field skills and understanding of map work. High quality teaching ensures this knowledge is embedded throughout the school. At the same time, a whole school focus on improving oracy skills and frequent vocabulary development is very important in the teaching of Geography. This approach provides the opportunity for language development and ensures that disadvantaged groups, as well as SEND and EAL children, can access the Geography curriculum at Prince Rock.
Geography Skills Progression
Knowledge Organisers - Autumn
Knowledge Organisers - Spring
To be added