Key Stage 2
This year KS2 students will be discovering the world during their trip ‘Around the World in 80 days. Main focus is to improve their graphicacy and visual literacy – the use of atlases, globes, maps, photographs and satellite images to investigate their local, regional, national and international location. They will work on geographical communication, which involves the use of geographical vocabulary specific to the topic through the use of class and small group discussions.
The topic areas studied this year are the following:
- To understand the difference between the Northern and Southern hemisphere
- To name and locate the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans on the map, understand the term ‘continent’ and ‘sea’
- To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping (Google Earth) to locate the countries of the 5 continents together with their capital cities, mountain ranges and rivers
- To Identify the main environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics on the 5 continents
- To understand what a biome is and to be able to locate some on the map
- To compare two different regions of choice
- Fieldwork project: plan a tour
Key Stage 3
This year the students will examine the basic features of each continent, with the main goal to enable them to identify the key physical and human characteristics, major countries, cities, mountains, rivers, etc. The students will be taught how to develop an ability of geographical thinking in order to be able to make connections between the local and the global. They will learn how to use atlases, globes and maps to investigate the local, regional, national and international location. They will also be expected to use geographical vocabulary specific to the topic through the use of both class discussion and written tasks and assessments.
The areas studied are the following:
- To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping (Google Earth) to locate the countries of the 5 continents.
- To use 6-figure grid references to read maps
- To make connections between the Equator and the tropics and Africa.
- To compare 2 different regions of choice
- To name and locate the key topographical features including coast features of erosion, hills, mountains and rivers.
- To understand what Latitude and Longitude are and how to use them
- To understand how the local environment interacts with the human, physical and environmental biomes of the areas discussed.
- To understand of how people from around the world lead different ways of life.
Fieldwork project: to undertake a general survey of the local area