At Herne Juniors, our Geography curriculum inspires curiosity in our children as well as develop a thirst for knowledge of our world. We strive to ensure our children have a secure knowledge and understanding of how our world is changing by reflecting on our natural environments, making comparisons, and identifying where they themselves fit into it all. We provide our children with a range of diverse lessons, which engage them to look past our Herne village and towns nearby, and discover similarities and differences with UK cities as well as worldwide countries.
Throughout our Geography lessons, our children are able to develop their skills by using a range of sources such as: atlases, satellite images, interviews, photographs and more. This provides them with the opportunities to develop their own opinions and ask inquisitive questions to further their learning. They are provided opportunities to explain and present their new knowledge through writing pieces, as well as Drama, Computing, Art, and Design & Technology (DT). This helps concrete what our children have learned and help them to piece together their knowledge from that topic as well as others.
Our History and Geography curriculum is taught on a 4 year cycle which the whole school learn together, though adapted to suit every child’s ability. By embracing this whole school approach, our school community, including parents and friends, have been able to come together and share in the children’s learning which has made our Geography curriculum come alive.
In our First year cycle (2019-2020), one of the topics our school studied was Reculver. During this topic, our children were able to develop their knowledge in class of how Reculver had changed over time and the causes of this. They were able to practise their fieldwork skills in our school grounds to then apply when visiting Reculver, as well learn key vocabulary such as Coastal Erosion and Sea Defences to then identify these on our trip. Siblings across our school were able to share their knowledge and experience with one another, as well as at home with their families. We are proud of how our children are becoming inquisitive and beginning to lead their learning as well as discover links with other topics.
Please click on the icons below to see how we have structured our 4 year cycle as well as pictures of our children in our gallery, as they embrace their learning in Geography.
Below you will also find how we ensure there are no missing gaps in our children’s learning. This is by updating our progression of skills documents for each topic studied. We also assess our children at the end of each topic on their Geography skills, which you can see by clicking on the Assessment icon below.