Our Lady's Abingdon - Lower School Geography

Lower School Geography

Key Stage 2 Curriculum

The Key Stage 2 Geography curriculum at OLA is an exciting and interesting subject where we aim to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and their place within it. Children develop their knowledge of people and places and form an understanding of the physical, social and economic forces which shape our lives.

Children start by exploring the world around them, where they live, local cultures including food and languages. This gives them a basis to investigate further afield and identify similarities and differences.

They use both electronic and Ordnance Survey maps to locate towns, cities, countries, mountains, rivers, seas and oceans. They use atlases, photographs and the internet to explore the environment and economics of the countries they study.

Teaching the children about sustainability and our carbon footprint helps them to learn to respect both the local and global environment. They also learn about the importance of agriculture, farming and water, where our food comes from and how it is produced.

Field Work, Investigation and Practical Activities

Field work, investigation and practical activities play a key part in Geography lessons and our emphasis is on giving the children the skills and knowledge they need to develop into good geographers, and the enthusiasm to continue enjoying Geography at secondary level. Learning is enhanced through visits to local towns and rivers, coasts and mountains further afield.

Cross-Curricular Activities

Opportunities for cross-curricular topic work are provided to give the children the chance to pull together, for instance, historical knowledge and scientific skills.

Looking to the past for clues about how the world around us has developed helps the children gain a deeper understanding of Geography today and how to look after our planet in the future.

Geography trips are organised to enhance the childrens learning of Geography including trips to The Living Rain Forest and Sutton Courtenay Environmental Centre.

Lower School Geography Stories

Year 6 Earthquakes

The Year 6 children have been learning about Earthquakes. To model the tectonic plate movement they used biscuits (to represent the plates) and icing sugar (to represent the mantle). They had great fun looking at the different causes of earthquakes and of course tasting the tectonic plates at the end!

Years 5 and 6 in Amazing Africa

Years 5 and 6 enjoyed their Amazing Africa topic this term.

As part of their Geography lesson the children researched the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. They were tasked with the job of advertising the park to tourists.

Sienna’s eyes really lit up with the prospect of this challenge and she has produced a video for you to enjoy.