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Studfall Junior Academy

Geography

At Studfall Academy children will extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. Studies will incorporate the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. The children will develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.

 

Pupils will be taught to locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities.  Pupils at Studfall Academy will be taught to name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and will identify human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time.

 

In key stage 2 at Studfall Academy the children will be shown how to identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night).

 

Pupils will be given the opportunity to understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region within North or South America.

 

Studying Human and physical geography

Our aims will be for the children to describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle.  As well as this children will investigate human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

 

Geographical skills and fieldwork

Children will be taught to use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.  Our children will use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world.  Finally, in key stage 2 at Studfall academy the children will use fieldwork to 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.