At Rattlesden we aim for a high quality geography curriculum, which inspires a keen interest in the natural and human aspects of the world. The children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
In Key Stage 2, the geography curriculum is incorporated into our creative curriculum through termly themes which include topics such as Chocolate and Africa. The curriculum is organised on a four year cycle. Progression is carefully planned for to ensure that the children have a progression of skills as they move through Key Stage 2.
In Early Years and Key Stage 1, history is incorporated into themes such as Fire and Ice which included learning about the continents and climate in different parts of the world.
Children have the opportunity to work alone, in pairs or as part of a mixed group when working on projects. Children are encouraged to use computers, books and a variety of online sources as well as local fieldwork opportunities to help them with their learning. We are keen that learning is practical and memorable and so during their time at school, children will experience a number of educational visits to places of historical interest such as Southwold and visitor experiences to bring geography to life (such as the Kagera day in Key Stage two).
At our school we believe that the children learn best when they are able to make links and connections in their learning.
Within our Geography topics throughout the school, threads of knowledge run through the curriculum – the topics are the vehicles for placing the threads in context.
In Geography, for example, the concept of ‘environment and sustainability’ is a recurring concept throughout the curriculum. Where appropriate within each topic, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of this concept. This starts in the early years and develops up to Year 6.
Our threads are as follows… Beliefs and values Arts and Architecture Key figures Discoveries and inventions Environment and Sustainability
By carefully mapping these threads across our topics and revisiting them in different sequences of learning, we will help children gain historical and geographical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international geography. These threads are revisited over time and add to the cohesiveness of our curriculum as the children progress through their primary education.
Willow Class trip to Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum in Summer 19
An assembly taken by one of our year 4 pupils telling the school all about his recent trip to Nepal where he celebrated his grandfather’s ’1000 moon’ birthday and had his Coming of Age ceremony!
Oak and Cedar African drumming workshop
Maple class display
A visit from Banham Zoo to help the children learn more about African habitats and the animals that live there.