At Matthew Arnold Primary School we provide a high-quality geography education that inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with children for the rest of their lives. Geography lessons equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Pupils relate this to their locality and have a core understanding of their own ‘geography’.
In EYFS pupils are introduced to fundamental geographical concepts such as local physical and human features, describing similarities and differences and beginning to understand the world around us. In Key Stage 1 pupils develop their locational knowledge through naming the world’s continents and oceans. They begin to use maps, globes and atlases and experience their local geography first hand through field work. In Key Stage 2 pupils extend and deepen their understanding of geography by broadening their place knowledge through studying Europe, the Americas and the world’s major cities. They learn about using compasses and grid references to describe location as well as expanding their knowledge of human and physical features.