Geography Curriculum at Mengham Junior School
At Mengham Junior School, we endeavour to cultivate a shared love of the wider world and to appreciate how their own immediate environment is both similar and different. We encourage the children to explore and value their surroundings and develop a better understanding of nature as well as the human and physical characteristics of their environment. Our hope is that the children will leave us with the confidence to explore and question the geographical world around them and consider and discuss important issues such as climate change, global warming and our responsibility as humans to look after our planet.
Our geography curriculum has been developed by the geography leader with the support of HIAS. It has the interests and needs of the children at Mengham at its heart. As such, the first whole school unit of work looks to follow the journeys of our four house team explorers: Admiral Lord Nelson, Sir Ben Ainslie, Dame Ellen Macarthur and Ernest Shackleton. This gives the children a tangible and purposeful introduction to the four key areas of geography (locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork.) By varying tasks such as pamphlet making, using software such as digimaps, map reading, observational sketches and statistics, children at Mengham are able to practice and apply all the key skills that lead to success in this subject. By developing key geography skills through visits to local tourist attractions, conducting volcano experiments and explorer visits, children are able to learn through doing and observe geography first hand.
The children become successful learners through not only applying these new-found skills, but by taking the results of their findings and analysing them in comparison to different places and cultures around the world. The children themselves become more respectful of their environments as their engagement with their local human and physical geography develops. They also show better understanding of how their personal geography differs or is similar to that of other children. By the end of their time at Mengham, the children will be able to independently apply key geographical skills such as basic map reading, identifying places and locations on various geographical resources (e.g. globes), showing an understanding of different climates and cultures across the world as well as understanding the difference and impact of both human and physical geography on the world.