LISTED IN THE TATLER GUIDE TO THE BEST STATE PRIMARY SCHOOLS 2017. VIEW ARTICLE
LISTED IN THE TATLER GUIDE TO THE BEST STATE PRIMARY SCHOOLS 2017. VIEW ARTICLE
“PUPILS 52 boys and girls, aged 4-11 A teeny-tiny school with just over 50 pupils in three classes – but golly, it’s a good one. A mother emails: ‘When I looked around Llangrove, the children were coming in from break and one handed me a flower on her way past, which was pretty compelling.’ Llangrove is a largeish village (one pub, one school), 15 minutes north of Monmouth in a glorious valley. Deputy head Sarah Dean is, says a mother, ‘lovely and very down to earth’, and there are two ‘fantastic’ male teachers. There’s great focus on good manners (pupil behaviour was rated Outstanding by Ofsted), and strong links with the church and the local community. We’re impressed with the IT provision – lots of laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards in each classroom. Pupils praise the after-school sports clubs, swimming lessons in Monmouth in the summer, theatre trips to Hereford and an annual whole-school expedition – one year they went to Barry Island, which must have been a whole lot of fun.”

Curriculum |

GEOGRAPHY

Geography Curriculum

Living in a globalised world, an understanding of human and physical processes is vital in comprehending complex and interdependent systems. Beginning at a local scale we explore the immediate area and county. We also discover the different parts of the British Isles and compare contrasting localities; deserts and polar regions, cities and country. Physical features that our pupils learn about include rivers, mountain to sea, volcanoes and earthquakes. Mapping skills are taught progressing to a clear overview of Ordnance Survey mapping symbols and grid references, including using an online resource to support the application of skills taught.

KEY STAGE 1 AIMS

The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
• develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
• understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
• are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
• collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
• interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
• communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

KEY STAGE 1 KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT

Pupils should develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.
Pupils should be taught to:

Locational knowledge
• name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans
• name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas

Place knowledge
• understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country

Human and physical geography
• identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles
• use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to:
• key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather
• key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop

Geographical skills and fieldwork
• use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage
• use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map
• use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key
• use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

KEY STAGE 1 GEOGRAPHY OVERVIEW

At Key Stage 1 Pupils have the opportunity to develop geographical skills including:

• use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the UK and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage
• use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map
• use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key
• use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

KEY STAGE 1: YEAR 1, GEOGRAPHY CURRICULUM DETAILS 2014 - 2015

 AutumnSpringSummer
Year 1Local buildings
The 4 seasons
Artic regions
Weather recording
WSW Australia
SkillsIdentify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South polesUnderstand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the UK and a contrasting non-European country.

Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South poles
Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the UK and a contrasting non-European country.

Use aerial photos and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human / physical features.

Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the UK and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans.

Trips, workshops, visitors
• local walks
• Craft and Australian – instruments with dressing up

Key Vocabulary ~ Physical Features
Beach, Cliff, Coast, Forest, Hill, Mountain, Sea, Ocean, River, Soil, Valley. Vegetation, Season, Weather

KEY STAGE 1: YEAR 2, GEOGRAPHY CURRICULUM DETAILS 2014 - 2015

 AutumnSpringSummer
Year 2Where we live
Countries of the UK
Continents of the world
Comparative locations
Islands
Map symbols
Co-ordinates
WSW Africa
Countries of Africa
Climate
SkillsName all 7 continents and the 5 oceans.

Name, locate, identify characteristics of the 4 countries and capital cities of the UK and its surrounding seas.

Use aerial photos and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human / physical features.
Use simple compass direction (North, South,East, West)

Use locational and directional language (near, far, left, right) to describe the location of features/ routes on a map

Use aerial photos and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human / physical features

Devise a simple map
• Use and construct basic symbols in a key
Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the UK and a contrasting non-European country

Use aerial photos and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human / physical features

Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the UK and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans.

Trips, workshops, visitors
• African drumming
• Visitor from African Hospital
• African garden – Tillington

Key Vocabulary ~ Human features
City, Town, Village, Factory, Farm, House, Office, Port, Harbour, Shop

KEY STAGE 2 GEOGRAPHY OVERVIEW

At Key Stage 2 Pupils have the opportunity to develop geographical skills including:

• use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied
• use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key to build their knowledge of the UK and the wider world
• observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.