Geography at Catchgate
Our curriculum is designed with the intention that every pupil is able to reach their potential in Geography.
Geography is planned across school in order to weave through a golden thread of knowledge about the world. This will start with the children's immediate locality in EYFS and KS1 moving outwards to Human and Physical knowledge of the United Kingdom and then further afield to the continents and different hold and cold climates around the world.
This golden thread of knowledge is built upon in KS2. Children will look at different human and physical features in their wider local area, before moving onto looking at comparing features of our local area compared to a contrasting European country. Further to this, children will then look at the wider world, comparing Newcastle to Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Geography is planned throughout each year group to foster an interest in the wider world. Children will have fieldwork opportunities planned in where possible. Our local area is utilised regularly to explore geographical enquiries linking to the topics taught. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, where we are unable to visit contrasting localities (such as nearby cities, local rivers etc), or where the topic being taught is further afield, we use ICT links such as Digimaps, Google Maps and physical maps such as OS maps, Atlases in order to carry out some virtual fieldwork enquiries.
Pupils are challenged, using homework tasks, to expand their geographical knowledge beyond just the areas covered in the National Curriculum and to explore their own interests.