Geography is a valued part of the curriculum at BVPS, providing a purposeful means for exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. Geography explores the relationship between the Earth and its people through the study of place, space and environment.
At BVPS, we learn about our own locality, whilst developing knowledge and understanding of the world beyond our own environment. Whenever possible, we plan for our children to learn through experience, particularly through practical and fieldwork activities. Our children live in a world that is wide open to them; with opportunities to travel and work in different cities and countries across the world, we ensure that our pupils are equipped with the geographical skills required to see the 'world as their oyster'.
KEY STAGE 1
During Key Stage 1, pupils investigate their local area and develop an understanding of the United Kingdom. They also begin to learn about the wider world. They carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. In doing this, they ask geographical questions about people, places and environments, and use geographical skills and resources, such as maps and photographs.
KEY STAGE 2
During Key Stage 2, pupils investigate a variety of people, places and environments in the United Kingdom and abroad, and start to make links between different places in the world. They find out how people affect the environment and how they are affected by it. Pupils carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. In doing this, they ask geographical questions, and use geographical skills and resources, such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT. Children will develop geographical enquiry skills, including asking geographical questions, collecting and recording information and identifying different views. They will acquire the appropriate practical skills associated with Geography, including using suitable vocabulary, fieldwork techniques and maps, plans and atlases. Pupils will use secondary sources of information with accuracy, including aerial photographs, satellite images, etc.