Hillborough Infant and Nursery School provides a Geography curriculum that is embedded through our creative topics. Teachers aim
At Hillborough Infant and Nursery School we impart Geographical knowledge and explore rich Geographical vocabulary by exploring exciting topic based learning questions. We aim to encourage enquiry and broaden pupils’ curiosity for learning. The learning questions guide pupils’ curiosities and allow teachers to build the necessary skills required for exploring Geography.
In the early years, pupils will explore the world around them and they will be encouraged to enquire and answer questions about what they have learnt and what they have observed; they will be encouraged to use appropriate language to explain what they have found out. Pupils will be provided with exciting opportunities to observe physical and human features, for example, when learning about themselves, they can find out where their family have come from and look at it on a map, as well as looking at where they live now.
Teachers in the Early Years aim to build a foundation of skills required to broaden pupils’ thinking. Pupils will be encouraged to explore equipment through play-based activities, for example using a map or google earth to identify different parts of the world.
Building on the skills learnt in EYFS, KS1 pupils are encouraged to broaden their geographical view of the world around them. This is prompted by motivating learning questions that guide pupils’ thoughts about the world we live in; opportunities stem from the cross curricular activities and challenges provided to the pupils.
Pupils are encouraged to become explorers by developing a geographical understanding of the world we live in today. The pupils explore the United Kingdom and compare it to a contrasting non-European country, looking at similarities and differences between them. Whilst exploring maps pupils will use basic geographical vocabulary referring to key physical and human features.
Our Summer term topic is 'On Our Doorstep'. We launched our topic with a 'WOW' event, in which children their very own junk model town that included roads, parks, buildings and landmarks. We are fortunate to be part of a thriving Town that offers many learning experiences. In addition to learning where we live, Early years have focussed on 'People that help us' such as Doctors, Police officers, Librarians and not forgetting our very own Hillborough Teachers! Each week the children have based their learning around role play and have stepped into being Brave Helpers.
In Year 1 the children have been learning about physical and human features of Luton, we created posters and art work to highlight the features of our town. Following this, Children produced some beautiful homework about their favourite place in Luton which is proudly displayed. We will soon be exploring the green spaces in Luton and writing a persuasive letter to the council to encourage the expansion of our parks.
In Year 2 have become confident using and creating maps of our town. We have also been exploring world maps and atlases identifying cities and countries within the United Kingdom. We have used our focus texts 'Katie in London' and 'The Queen's Hat' to compare Luton landmarks with London landmarks.
At Hillborough we hope the children leave us with a good understanding of the world we live in and where places are in the world, with a thirst to go out in the wider world and discover!