Geography teaching at Bishops Down Primary and Nursery School is about developing a secure understanding of our world, through experience, investigation and learning from primary and secondary sources. Geography helps children to gain a greater understanding of the ways of life and cultures of people in other places. This will help to enable children to take responsibility for their role in society and to develop a caring attitude towards others, animals and plants in our environment.
Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them. Children study their local area and contrasting places in the United Kingdom and other more distant parts of the world.
Map work and direction also form an important part of the geography curriculum. Children learn to follow simple directions, to use compasses, and to use 4 figure coordinates to locate features on a map. They learn to draw maps of real and imaginary places, and develop an understanding of why a key is necessary
At Bishops Down we plan geography as part of our creative curriculum. Aims and objectives are covered through the topics as well as themed activities such as our annual food and fashion festival. Learning activities are sequenced to ensure progression and continuity throughout the school. The geography curriculum is delivered in conjunction with literacy, music, art and design technology. This approach enables children to make links within their learning and provides meaningful learning experiences.